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Not Rated
Copyright 1959 Allied Artists Pictures Corp.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Steve - Young scientist who first discovers the Behemoth.
  • Professor Bickford - Old and gnarly English scientist.
  • Tom - Old fisherman, he is fried by the Behemoth.
  • Jean - Blonde, um, Tom's daughter, and...
  • The Giant Behemoth - Radioactive and electric Brachiosaurus.

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The Plot: 

Old black and white horror movies are a gold mine for b-movie lovers. The English score big in my book with this movie about a electric and radioactive dinosaur attacking London. While the stop motion looks okay it's the acting and other effects which hurt me so. When the monster is "projecting" radiation by using it's electric current (make a physics project out of this and see if you pass) we get this strange foggy pinwheel effect since um, radiation changes the dew point and um, it sucks air toward the source... ...ugh. We unfortunately spend about half the film slogging through the actors investigating strange happenings like radioactive fish and missing ships and they probably didn't succeed as actors. The scientists finally conclude that exposing the beast to a lethal dose of radiation will kill it and the injection should be done with a torpedo! Tread carefully near this movie everyone, it's a monster.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Giant Behemoths make beeping computer sounds.
  • Jellyfish stings or kelp abrasions combined with an allergic reaction can look like third degree burns.
  • Loosely wrapped Ace Bandages must be cut off.
  • Jet aircraft make propeller sounds.
  • Radiation, mysterious as ever, will burn people to a crisp but leave hay untouched.
  • Dinosaurs swim, project electricity, and are radioactive.
  • Radar can see everything, above or below water - except a giant radioactive dinosaur.
  • Flares on the water's surface make good effects for torpedo hits on submarine Behemoths.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Now that is a darn ugly fish you've caught Tom.
  • 8 mins - Yes idiot, grab the pulsing, glowing blob-thing.
  • 18 mins - Okay, you meet these two guys who are looking for something strange and don't show them what a pulsing, glowing blob-thing did to your hand?
  • 21 mins - Arrgghhh mateys! He has barnacles on his hand!
  • 39 mins - What? Electricity projects radiation?
  • 49 mins - Why did the car scream when stepped on and how many more times will we see that shot?
  • 63 mins - How were they expecting to fire this torpedo at it? It's directly in from of them, beating up the sub and they can't see it.


  • Military Officer: "Everything about this affair is unbelievable."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note behemoth1.wav Dr. Bickford: "What would you say was the cause of the burns?"
Town Doctor: "Some sort of poisoning I would say."
Dr. Bickford: "Not an acid?"
Town Doctor: "It was like no acid I ever treated, but from time to time a jellyfish or a kelp could cause that sort of thing, combined with perhaps a very strong allergic reaction."
Green Music Note behemoth2.wav Dr. Bickford: "Karnes has been developing this, what should I call it, Behemoth theory for some time Admiral. As to the radioactivity of the thing there can be no doubt."
Green Music Note behemoth3.wav Steve: "This beast isn't only electric it's intensely radioactive!"
Green Music Note behemoth4.wav The Behemoth roaring.

 Click for a larger imageIMAGESScenes from the movie 



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Video Clipbehemoth1.mpg - 2.7m
Trapped in a looping section of stop motion, the Behemoth reacted as any caged clay model would - by causing terrible burns to the poor extras sharing this scene.

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The Giant Behemoth
Reply #17. Posted on June 09, 2004, 11:48:54 AM by night heron
I saw this one and can remember that anything or anyone that got with in a certain distance from this beastie disintagrated and when it pick up the car and threw in into a pile of rubble and it invaded london
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Reply #18. Posted on June 21, 2004, 12:34:25 PM by night heron
I confused THE GIANT BEHEAMOUTH with THE BEAST FROM 20:000 FATHOMS i guess becuase their both big dinosuars stomping thorugh a major city
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Reply #19. Posted on July 18, 2004, 08:34:40 PM by firebird
The most i can recall about this movie is that anyone or anything that gets with in a certain distance of the monster would disitagrate and i can also recall the part in which i grabs up a car with a driver and after shaking it around dropped it into the ruble of a building
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Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Tom
I loved this flick in my younger days--Million Dollar Movie--and I'd love to get my hands on a clear copy, VHS or DVD; but it must be complete with ferry scene, etc. If anyone out there has an inside track to this flick, please email me!!!
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Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by George
As of this time The Giant Behemoth isn't on DVD,considered to be one of thoes late 1950s sci-fi films it could of been better,with more buildings comming down,like in Gorgo,and shooting out a radioactive ray from his mouth,could of been a good opponent for Gamera.
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Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by George
As I said before he would of been a great opponet for Gamera,never the less of the 3 films Beast,Behemoth,Gorgo,Gorgo was the best,Behemoth was second,the problom with the Beast was,the monster wasn't in it enough in fact the producers thought there was to much monster in the script,gees it was called Beast From 20,000 Fathoms,what did they expect?,what did they want?,you the films original title was to be Godzilla,boy it's a good thing they decided not,it was only a 3year difference,besides that was a better name to give the monster from Japan anyway,and just think Raymond Burr might not of been Perry Mason if not for Godzilla,the point is Behemoth,Monster From the Sea could of been better,but it was good,and for that we are greatful.
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Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Lynette
As a child, back in the mid-60's, I saw a movie on TV which frightened the living daylights out of me.  It was of a monster which killed people by radiation, attacked London and was finally destroyed by a submarine. I had nightmares that night that the monster was coming to get me, the only time in my life I have had nightmares.  

For years I've tried to track it down. I couldn't remember the name of the movie, and I have finally had a brainwave and searched for it on the internet (I'm a bit slow on the uptake sometimes, I've had access to the internet for years!!) and this has to be it.  Finally I have found out what it is called.

Now to see if I can find it in Australia somewhere.
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Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by mike52t
One of my favorites. The Giant Behemoth wouldn't have hung around London if he knew about the food. Hey, its not just any behemoth, its the GIANT behemoth.
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