A salvage vessle is nearly sunk off the Irish coast by an undersea earthquake. A few nights later, a walking sea monster tangles with the fishing boats and enters the town. The salvage vessel captures Gorgo and takes it to London for display. Gorgo's mother, who is upset and significantly larger follows his trail to London leaving a wake of destruction in her path. Written by
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The concept for the British poster art and lobby cards was that the face of Gorgo was not revealed. The idea is based on the line of dialogue in the film from Martin Benson, that Gorgo's name is derived from the Gorgon sisters of Greek mythology. The sight of their faces would turn you to stone. See more »
Gorgo's mother sinks a destroyer, but in a later scene, footage of this same ship and its crew are reused to depict another ship. See more »
Bridge is gone! One of London's oldest landmarks smashed like matchwood! Nothing has stopped this beast so far, nothing!
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This was my favorite movie as a kid. I'm glad to see that it's getting a decent amount of praise here. The rubber monster suit may not hold up that well but when the monster attacks London the movie evokes a sense up panic and hysteria unmatched in any other monster film (certainly not in the American Godzilla, where the hero can calmly converse with a drug store cashier while the a cartoon lizard is destroying New York a few blocks away!). The music score is beautiful and the opening scenes have a fine Irish fish tale atmosphere. It's too bad the film seems to be only available in grainy, murky copies. One thing bugs me: for years I've been reading about "Momma" Gorgo coming to rescue "her" baby, but at no time in the movie is the sex of the parent mentioned! That may have been Dad trouncing Big Ben.
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