Video Review

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1991)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Paul Christian and Paula Raymond; Distributor: Warner Home Video

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+

Originally posted Aug 16, 1991 Published in issue #79 Aug 16, 1991 Order article reprints

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