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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.

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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 #33. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Kevin
I notice the sci fi film reviews always denigrate this movie as a cheap rip off of The Beast, and I am happy to have found this page which is a virtual fan club for the Giant Behemoth. This is a very special monster film, and this page shows that it has bonded a generation in a way few films have. We all know the minor low budget faults of the film that resulted mostly from the tragic personal decline of effects legend Willis O'Brien (King Kong) and also Pete Peterson his physically handicapped assistant that did uncanny expressive animations sequences such as the Mighty Joe young piano lifting facial shots. But I would just like to point out a few of the neglected high points of this true classic.  
1. the music score: spine chilling distinctive and strong
in a word  wow
2. the night silhouette of the behemoth and high voltage towers: a tour de force of animation and atmosphere.
3. the Sherlock Holmes type scientific opening with a searing ocean chase in a tiny vessel: never could be done better.
4. the environmental message: amazingly effective without preaching,
5 finally the sound effects like the radiation and the fantastic roar of the monster: super
Sure the point can be made the director Lourie never topped the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms polish and perfection as a film. Critics point out that the fiery amusement part ending   of the Beast was way more spectacular than Behemoth and it was. But the Behemoths demise by a torpedo in the mouth played pretty well with the hard critics of Brooklyn. The difference is subjective in a way. When kids watch the Beast they say  'how neat'  when they watched the Giant Behemoth's paralyzing stare, they want to run.
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Reply #34. Posted on July 24, 2006, 02:10:32 PM by Michael
This is my favorite movie of all time.  I too watched it all the time on channel 9 in New York.  Yea, the missing ferry scene takes away from the movie.  
Re: The Giant Behemoth
Reply #35. Posted on December 12, 2008, 10:21:20 PM by Andrew Berk
 :cheers:I just stumbled upon this site when for some strange reason I decided to do a search on the Rhedosaurus. Of course you all know what that's from but it made me think about this movie. I remember watching over and over on (Now we'll see how old everyone here is) on "Million Dollar Movie." I watched it as a little kid with I guess you would call her my new little girlfriend, which she became because what other little girls was I going to meet who was carrying a gun (Toy, of course) which I was as well when we met that afternoon. Million dollar movie played the same film on Saturday's over and over again and they played this movie. Of all the stations I have had now for years and still get a kick out of watching these old B movies, I have never seen it again anywhere.

My question to you is why was this one movie never played by any of the zillion cable stations My comment is after looking briefly at the readers comments is why did no one mention that the Behemoth steps on the same car 2 or 3 times as it walks down the streets of London? Last just to add I have never seen a copy of it on DVD anywhere. I haven't tried the internet yet because this memory is fairly recent. By the way the DVD I bought that started this was a 2 sided disc with "THEM" and The Beast from 20000 fathoms.
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Reply #36. Posted on December 13, 2008, 10:17:15 PM by Xenorama
this is a fun and underrated movie.  it's out on DVD, good looking print, but with the worst commentary ever, from people who should know better.

Re: The Giant Behemoth
Reply #37. Posted on March 31, 2009, 02:41:45 PM by George
Finally The Giant Behemoth is out there on DVD!.

Although that's the wonderful news,one has to be thinking of our two commentators,I once asked the question,did the people at MST3K really like or enjoy the Gamera movies they showed?,in some ways to me it didn't seem like it,and that's why I still have mixed feelings about there airing,even though they were of the Sandy Frank variety.

The same can be said for the commentators on Giant Behemoth,they seem to be making fun of the movie more than giving us interresting details on how long it took to make or the production costs,or even the creation of the monster.

As a reviewer said,maybe it never occurred to them that  people who bought The Giant Behemoth might actually like it?.

At least this great 50s classic is out there on dvd.
Re: The Giant Behemoth
Reply #38. Posted on April 25, 2009, 12:26:08 AM by FLU-BIRD
I saw this movie as a kid i can clearly remeber the dinasour stomping around and cuasing anything that got with in a certian distence to disintigrate and destroying it with the radioactive isitope shot from a rifle
Re: The Giant Behemoth
Reply #39. Posted on June 18, 2009, 06:40:09 PM by Kooshmeister
My favorite character was Dr. Sampson, the childlike paleontologist who believed dinosaurs were still alive since he was a little boy. He's only in a couple of scenes but his heartfelt speech about his childhood dreams makes him the movie's most interesting character. It's a shame the screenwriters decided to just blow him up in a helicopter. What a waste of a character (not to mention a bit too similar to Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, wherein paleontologist Dr. Thurgood Elson also gets killed by the very creature he's seeking.)

Sampson: You know, all my life I hoped this would happen. Ever since childhood I expected it. I knew these creatures were alive somewhere, but I had no proof, scientific proof, and I had to keep it to myself, or my colleagues would have all laughed at me. See, no form of life ceases abruptly, and all those reports of sea serpents - well, what can they be?... The tall, graceful neck of paleosaurus. He can stay underneath the surface for an age, and now he comes to the top.
Re: The Giant Behemoth
Reply #40. Posted on September 25, 2010, 01:35:03 AM by dancer5612004
Sometimes bad is good, besides, the recent dvd release includes the capsized boat scene which was excluded in previous release, and this is the version which is what I saw when it first came out on sci-fi TV back in the early 70s. Great to have again in my collection.
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