Just in time for hot weather- we have a film that starts out in the frozen north- where an atomic blast releases a prehistoric creature upon the world! It’s more Ray Harryhausen stop- motion artistry as mankind faces the “Beast from 20,000 Fathoms”!
In this 1953 film, an experimental crew is up near the Arctic circle to check on the results of a nuclear bomb test. When checking near ground zero, two of the men are amazed to see what looks like a dinosaur lumbering through the snow! This mysterious beast causes an avalanche- and only one of the men survives!
Taken back to civilization, the survivor, Prof. Tom Nesbitt, can’t convince anyone that what he saw was not a hallucination- but a real creature! However, some unexplained attacks suggest that what he saw does exist- and he finally convinces a young lady who works with an expert on things prehistoric that something is out there. After corroborating with one other survivor of a mystery attack, Tom finally gets the military and expert Prof. Elson to join him in the search for what they believe is a rhedosaurus- a beast long extinct!
Before long, they not only spot the creature, but experience more tragedy thanks to it- and soon must face a full on attack on a major city that has even more deadly sidebar effects!
This film has the amazing stop-motion work that Harryhausen created, along with new techniques to have the monster inserted into live footage. Watch for one of the most famous scenes in this film regarding a policeman! We’ll not only tell you about the actors, but also a lot about the production, thanks to information from Roy P. Webber, author of “The Dinosaur Films of Ray Harryhausen”- a great book that just so happens to be currently on sale at https://mcfarlandbooks.com/ . And, as usual, there’s a song and more Sven shtick!
“Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” emerges tonight on MeTV at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 pm central- if you don’t know the time and channel in your area, please check your local listings or at www.metv.com . MeTV invites you to join the many viewers who live- Tweet during the show on Twitter, using the hashtag #svengoolie - make sure you add that hashtag to your posts! Chicago area viewers get an encore of our really big show –“Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”- at 11 am this morning on WCIU, the U!
Please remember you can still take advantage of the big sale in our store, in honor of my 40 year anniversary! Through Sunday, you can get 15% off by using the code SVEN40 on Sven merchandise and new Universal monster t shirts! There are a lot more plans for anniversary merchandise and events that we will post as they become available. There is one HUGE thing we are getting closer to announcing, so keep checking back here at the blog.
Tune in to MeTV tonight for incredible Harryhausen effects that will astound you! The Beast is yet to come!