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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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Reply #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Beth
I saw this movie when I was 6 and had just moved to NYC.  Imaginative, as I was, I kept seeing the Giant Behemoth appearing in my kitchen window and I couldn't stay alone in the breakfast nook for years.  Not until Jaws in college did I experience a scarier sensation from a film.  Ironically, I majored in film and for 8 years edited movies about military war planes, misiles, and bombs.  Talk about scary! Thank you, Giant Behemoth, for preparing me for my career later in life!!
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Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Mark Radburn
The Giant Behemoth is the best old dinosaur film ever and it's awesome as The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms I would love to get my hands on a dvd version of The Giant Behemoth the special effects is better than the 1957's giant insect film The Black Scorpion. The Giant Behemoth is a masterpiece 50's dinosaur film and it's a must-see of all time.
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Reply #27. Posted on September 18, 2005, 06:13:20 PM by KW
The Giant Behemoth rocks!  I am almost 50 years old and I remember watching this movie over and over when I was about 10.
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Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Richard
The Giant Behemoth was one of my most favorite monster films besides night of the living dead.  You can purchase a DVD version from Ebay but watch the minutes go for anything greater then 72 minutes otherwise you'll get the ripoff missing ferry which is criminal.
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Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by George
So you can't find Giant Behemoth on DVD,someone wants to know if granny says "Oh Fiddilesticks!" well go to Monsterland,they've got the Giant Behemoth,of course I did,but alas the sound isn't right,they say they'll try to correct this,but like X-From Outer Space they haven't gotten back in touch with me on that yet,I wish they would of by now,but anyway it's nothing that serious,just alittle annoying,anyway if want The Giant Behemoth go to Monsterland he's there!.
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Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Deacon
One of my favorite "giant monster" flicks as a child.

It's a shame great old movies like this are so rarely aired anymore.
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Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by George
 Well I've got new DVDs from Monsterland of both Behemoth and X-From Outer Space and the sound problems are gone!,it was just one of thoes things,like in every case where you buy or order a DVD,so Monsterland Toys is certainly the place to go to get The Giant Behemoth and X-From Outer Space!.
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Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Carmela
My father took me to see this movie when I was very little. It scared the pants off me and I swore that I would NEVER go to England. I avoided Million Dollar Movie when they showed this movie! I saw it a couple of years ago and laughed out loud. It was corny, funny and still a bit scary. I can't wait til AMC puts it on again.
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