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Monster Gallery: The Beast from 20.000 Fathoms

The Rhedosaurus


In 1951, Ray Harryhausen was approached by Jack Dietz for what would eventually become his first solo effort of creating special effects for a theatrical motion picture — The Beast from 20.000 Fathoms. In reality, Harryhausen had already made the majority of the effects sequences whilst working on Mighty Joe Young, with his mentor, Willis O’Brien. The film, produced independently on a tight $200,000 budget, was the first cinematic story to portray a Monster antagonist brought about by an atomic bombing. Sold to Warner Bros., The Beast from 20.000 Fathoms proved to be a successful motion picture and spawned the Monster mayhem of the 50s, along with The Thing from another World. 

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