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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 #1. Posted on November 03, 1999, 08:23:23 AM by
my favorite monster movie as a kid,bought the
video from warner studios.the movie has missing parts. the part where the behemoth sinks the
ferry is missing whats up with that. it seems that
there are two movies the UK 72 min,and the USA 80
MIN version.  I AM RETURNING the copy I bought
I hope of finding the full version of the film.
If anyone has any info  as to why please email me.
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Reply #2. Posted on March 02, 2000, 11:41:54 AM by Chris K.
THE GIANT BEHEMOTH is a great film with passable special effects and performances. Some reviewers (I mean the ones on the IMDb) say the creatures head fell off. Yeah right, those faries lied. The best of the best, not the best of the worst. Take my word for it.
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Reply #3. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by WSC
Goofy as it is, the movie still has something captivating about it.  I also believe it was the inspiration for microwave cookery. For those (like me) who have their own video version, has anyone noticed that the infamous ferry boat capsizing scene has been cut?  I would rather have the complete version, if anyone knows how to get same.

PS - Did anyone else notice that the helicopter that blows up over the Thames is actually shown as two different types (one looks like a Sikorsky, the other some British type)?
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Reply #4. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Countess Zarina Suspiriorum
   I didn't discover this movie until I was a teen but I loved it right away, although I think the British title BEHEMOTH, THE SEA MONSTER is better.  I remember the video print is missing the crucial scene where the monster destroys the ferry!  Finally that scene was restored when AMC got the rights to the movie.  Of course there is a problem with that print too.  The scene where the (barely glimpsed) Behemoth destroys the farm is supposed to be a night scene but AMC's lab cleaned up the print so well it now looks like broad daylight!
   If you want to have fun watch very close during the ferry scene.  At one point the wooden base holding the plastic head of the monster comes so far out of the water you can easily spot it!  Of course I have no complaint with Willis O'Brien's stop motion effects.  He had to rush things because the movie was well underway before the producers decided they wanted a real monster.  Originally it was supposed to be an invisible mass of radiation (which explains the scene where the Behemoth does not show up on radar).
   Just ignore the shortcomings and enjoy a really effective Giant-Monster-On-The-Loose movie.  It's fun, it really is!
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Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Sal
One of my favorite movies when I was a kid. Used to be on Million Dollar Movie in NYC and was on 2 or 3 times a day. We used to "act-out" the ferry scene and jump a ledge on the side of the house. Always thought that I would run behind the thing instead of in front of it. Loved those scenes with the people running.  
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Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Dave Chornomaz
I can't believe I not only found a web site about this childhood flick...but people care enough to critique it! Hilarious....brings back great memories and I also watched it on NYC's Million Dollar Movie. A true classic.
"Oh fiddlesticks"

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Reply #7. Posted on October 03, 2005, 11:52:49 PM by Karen
This was the moive that gave me the most nightmares as a little kid.  Thanks for the fun write up.
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Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by George
Well,what can be said is England wanted there own answers to the following creatures,Beast From 20,000 Fathmos,Godzilla & of course the Loch Ness Monster,the result?,yes The Giant Behemoth,the monster that inspired the creation of microwave ovens!,for a non-Japanese movie,this was one of the best,as was Gorgo but why didn't we see the monster sink the steam ship Valcuriea?,or could it be there's another version we've not seen?,remember the original title was Behemoth,Monster From The Sea,which makes one think,was Giant Behemoth a remake of that starring Gean Evans?.
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