Professor Tom Nesbitt is the sole surviving witness when atomic tests in the Arctic awaken a slumbering dinosaur. Of course, nobody believes Nesbitt's claims until the beast heads down towards New York. Things become even more complicated when it is discovered that the beast's blood carries a deadly disease. Shooting the beast would only cause the disease to spread. Eventually, a way to defeat the beast is found and everything is set for a fiery climax at Coney Island.
I love movies with Ray Harryhausen's stop motion creature effects, so you can imagine how excited I was to finally get around to seeing this movie. The creature effects are usually the best things about the movies. You don't watch these movies for compelling human drama. It's all about the monsters smashing stuff up. To tell you the truth, I can't even tell you the names of the human characters.
The creatures that Ray Harryhausen brings to life always seem to have more personality than the humans. You always end up feeling sympathy for these rampaging monsters. Well, I always feel sorry for the poor creatures but that's probably because I'm a big sap.
This movie is also notable for being the one that kicked off the craze for atomic monsters. Without this movie we wouldn't have gotten Godzilla. Now you know who to blame for Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster!
I think this is the only Harryhausen movie that I had yet to watch. I'm not entirely sure if there are any more of his movies that I need to watch. That's unless The Three Worlds of Gulliver and The First Men In The Moon are worth watching. I am always open to watching movies with Harryhausen's effects, so maybe somebody will be able to recommend them to me.
Three pointy hats.
Next time: Batman- Return of the Caped Crusaders