On a relatively modest budget, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms grossed millions. Beating Godzilla to the theaters, the giant monster here became the first to usher in the oops-we-dropped-an-atomic-bomb-and-this-happens movies that revitalized date-nights for countless teenagers in the 1950s. Ray Harryhausen does an excellent job of bringing the rhedosaurus to life and the script (helped along a little by Ray Bradbury's short story, The Fog Horn), keeps it all moving. Mental Floss provides 11 Deep Facts about the movie, which include the casting of a live reptile to play the monster (bad idea, glad they didn't), and Harryhausen devised the climax at Coney Island (a very good idea).
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