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Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out to have an aversion to being shown in public. Another film featuring the stop-action special effects talents of Ray Harryhausen. Written by
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The Valley of Gwangi is a good Ray Harryhausen creature feature with an interesting premise: a group of cowboys down in Mexico find a hidden valley full of killer dinosaurs. They bring one, an allosaurus, back to civilization, with predictably destructive results.
The film is above average Saturday matinée fare, with limited bloodshed and extremely good effects, considering the time period, by Harryhausen. The setting and plot set it apart from the typical jungle based lost world thriller. Furthermore, the performances, while not Oscar winning, are decent, with James Franciscus providing a strong lead.
Overall, this is a good film for families with children that are into creature features, but are too young for more violent modern horror movies.
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