Steve Daly
August 16, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
80 minutes
performer
Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Kenneth Tobey, Lee Van Cleef
distributor
Warner Home Video
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Horror

We gave it a C+

With rampaging-dinosaur movies virtually extinct, it’s a treat to see three vintage specimens unearthed simultaneously for video. But beware, enlightened viewers: What’s truly prehistoric about these movies is their attitude toward women.

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms tells the story of a guy scientist, a girl scientist, and the man-eating rhedosaurus that brings them together. Turning dino-buster when an arctic A-bomb blast unleashes the title creature, he (Paul Christian) barks commands while she (Paula Raymond) makes coffee and looks concerned. Neither has the star appeal of the Beast, a stop-motion puppet given great, lizardy death throes by animator Ray Harryhausen in a fiery amusement-park climax. C+

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