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The Giant Behemoth (1959)

Behemoth the Sea Monster (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 3 March 1959 (USA)
Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur which threatens London.

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The dumping of radioactive waste in the ocean disturbs a prehistoric monster than can project electric shocks and radioactive beams. After terrorizing the English coast, it is discovered that if the creature is destroyed with conventional weaponry it would spread a dangerous amount radioactive contamination over the entire country, with this fact preventing the military from attacking the monster as it nears London. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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First sighting of Leonard Rossiter (Reggie Perrin and Rigsby) A non-speaking part about 60 minutes in he runs from the docks to report the monster's presence to a policeman. Uncredited. See more »

Goofs

Just before the monster first appears on a city street, a car drives onto the street and is stopped by the crowd. When the monster appears, the driver opens the door and runs away. A few moments later, in a close-up shot of the car, the driver opens the door and runs away a second time. The same car (license plate 911 MMF) is seen a few minutes later abandoned on an entirely different street. See more »

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Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist: Oh, it's heading for the Thames. They always made for the freshwater rivers to die. That's where their skeletons have been found - some irrestible instinct to die in the shallows that gave them birth. You know, all my life I hoped this would happen. Ever since childhood I expected it. I knew these creatures were alive somewhere, but I had no proof, scientific proof, and I had to keep it to myself, or my colleagues would have all laughed at me. See, no form of life ceases abruptly, and all those...
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An excellent British monster movie
19 June 2002 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

In the 1950's, Britain didn't go for monster movies like America did. This one from 1959 is one of the best.

It is directed by Eugene Lourie and is basically a remake of his The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms with the story set in England instead of America.

The dinosaur in this movie is woken up from a very long sleep as a result of atomic bomb tests off the coast of Cornwall. He heads for London after killing several people on the way. He goes on the rampage there, bringing down London Bridge and killing some soldiers in the process. He gets gassed at the end. Willis O'Brien (King Kong) was responsible for the stop-motion monster. It looks quite impressive.

I foud this movie quite enjoyable and is worth seeing if you get the chance.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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