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''The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms'' is a 1953 giant monster movie directed by Eugène Lourié. [[TropeMaker The film was the first giant monster movie of the '50s]], following a hiatus in the genre that had been occurring since 1933's ''[[Film/KingKong1933 King Kong]]'', and this film also introduced the theme of the [[ILoveNuclearPower atomic bomb]] to the genre. [[FollowTheLeader It kicked off a hefty trend]], including ''Film/TheAmazingColossalMan'', ''Film/AttackOfThe50FootWoman'', ''The Giant Behemoth'', ''Film/TheGiantClaw'', ''Film/{{Gojira}}'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''Film/ItCameFromBeneathTheSea'', ''Film/TheMonsterThatChallengedTheWorld'', ''Film/{{Reptilicus}}'', ''Film/{{Tarantula}}'' and ''Film/{{Them}}''.

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''The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms'' is a 1953 giant monster movie directed by Eugène Lourié. [[TropeMaker The film was the first giant monster movie of the '50s]], following a hiatus in the genre that had been occurring since 1933's ''[[Film/KingKong1933 King Kong]]'', and this film also introduced the theme of the [[ILoveNuclearPower atomic bomb]] to the genre. [[FollowTheLeader It kicked off a hefty trend]], including ''Film/TheAmazingColossalMan'', ''Film/AttackOfThe50FootWoman'', ''The Giant Behemoth'', ''Film/TheGiantBehemoth'', ''Film/TheGiantClaw'', ''Film/{{Gojira}}'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''Film/ItCameFromBeneathTheSea'', ''Film/TheMonsterThatChallengedTheWorld'', ''Film/{{Reptilicus}}'', ''Film/{{Tarantula}}'' and ''Film/{{Them}}''.
14th Apr '17 8:22:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the short story that the movie is [[InNameOnly loosely]] inspired by, "The Fog Horn" by Creator/RayBradbury, the dinosaur is a much more sympathetic and tragic figure, coming to a lighthouse because it mistakes the horn for the cry of a member of its own species (it is strongly implied to be [[TheLastOfHisKind the only one left]]). Although it destroys the lighthouse in a rage when the horn is turned off, no one is killed, and it shows no interest in further destruction, returning to the ocean peacefully. The human characters respond to it with sympathy and respect, indeed never even considering killing it. In the film, the creature is [[PrehistoricMonster mindlessly violent]] and must be killed, while the original creature is more lonely and desperate than anything else and hides from humans under normal circumstances.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the short story that the movie is [[InNameOnly loosely]] inspired by, "The Fog Horn" by Creator/RayBradbury, the dinosaur is a much more sympathetic and tragic figure, coming to a lighthouse because it mistakes the horn for the cry of a member of its own species (it is strongly implied to be [[TheLastOfHisKind [[LastOfHisKind the only one left]]). Although it destroys the lighthouse in a rage when the horn is turned off, no one is killed, and it shows no interest in further destruction, returning to the ocean peacefully. The human characters respond to it with sympathy and respect, indeed never even considering killing it. In the film, the creature is [[PrehistoricMonster mindlessly violent]] and must be killed, while the original creature is more lonely and desperate than anything else and hides from humans under normal circumstances.
19th Feb '17 4:30:06 PM Kooshmeister
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* DoomedHurtGuy: George Ritchie, Tom's colleague who encounters the Beast first. He falls and breaks his leg (or something), and although Tom tries to save him, he gets buried and killed in the same avalanche which critically injures his would-be rescuer.
19th Feb '17 4:26:53 PM Kooshmeister
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The movie follows Professor Tom Nesbitt, the sole witness to the existence of a carnivorous dinosaur (Rhedosaurus) that was thawed due to a nuclear blast detonated in the Arctic. The monster makes its way down the coast of North America, wreaking destruction as it goes. The monster soon arrives at New York city, rising from the sea to prey on the hopeless civilians. Things are furthered complicated by a mysterious prehistoric disease carried by the beast; killing it would cause the disease to easily spread and kill the world's human population.

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The movie follows Professor Tom Nesbitt, the sole witness to the existence of a carnivorous dinosaur (Rhedosaurus) (''Rhedosaurus'') that was thawed due to a nuclear blast detonated in the Arctic. The monster makes its way down the coast of North America, wreaking destruction as it goes. The monster soon arrives at New York city, rising from the sea to prey on the hopeless civilians. Things are furthered complicated by a mysterious prehistoric disease carried by the beast; killing it would cause the disease to easily spread and kill the world's human population.



* TheCameo: A Rhedosaurus appeared in ''Film/PlanetOfTheDinosaurs'' and in ''Film/WhenDinosaursRuledTheEarth''.

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* TheCameo: A Rhedosaurus ''Rhedosaurus'' appeared in ''Film/PlanetOfTheDinosaurs'' and in ''Film/WhenDinosaursRuledTheEarth''.



* DumbDinos: The Rhedosaurus is a mindless rampaging beast. The Bradbury short story the movie is based on averted the trope, however - the dinosaur is intelligent enough to socialize and goes out of its way to avoid humans.

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* DumbDinos: The Rhedosaurus ''Rhedosaurus'' is a mindless rampaging beast. The Bradbury short story the movie is based on averted the trope, however - the dinosaur is intelligent enough to socialize and goes out of its way to avoid humans.
8th Jan '17 8:56:50 PM TomServo3000
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** EarlyBirdCameo: When Tom is looking through pictures to identify the beast, one of the dinosaurs shown would eventually get a starring role in ''Gorgo''.

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** EarlyBirdCameo: When Tom is looking through pictures to identify the beast, one of the dinosaurs shown would eventually get a starring role in ''Gorgo''.''Film/{{Gorgo}}''.
14th Dec '16 1:31:31 PM StFan
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The movie was a huge hit, despite its relatively meagre budget, largely for its masterful stop-motion effects by RayHarryhausen, whose career this movie kick-started; indeed, it still looks pretty good to this day, for a '50s movie.

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The movie was a huge hit, despite its relatively meagre budget, largely for its masterful stop-motion effects by RayHarryhausen, Creator/RayHarryhausen, whose career this movie kick-started; indeed, it still looks pretty good to this day, for a '50s movie.



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6th Oct '16 2:51:48 AM jormis29
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* TheCameo: A Rhedosaurus appeared in ''Film/PlanetOfTheDinosaurs'' and in ''When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth''.

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* TheCameo: A Rhedosaurus appeared in ''Film/PlanetOfTheDinosaurs'' and in ''When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth''.''Film/WhenDinosaursRuledTheEarth''.
3rd Jul '16 3:20:03 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms''''' is a 1953 giant monster movie directed by Eugène Lourié. [[TropeMaker The film was the first giant monster movie of the '50s]], following a hiatus in the genre that had been occurring since 1933's ''[[Film/KingKong1933 King Kong]]'', and this film also introduced the theme of the [[ILoveNuclearPower atomic bomb]] to the genre. [[FollowTheLeader It kicked off a hefty trend]], including ''Film/TheAmazingColossalMan'', ''Film/AttackOfThe50FootWoman'', ''The Giant Behemoth'', ''Film/TheGiantClaw'', ''Film/{{Gojira}}'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''Film/ItCameFromBeneathTheSea'', ''Film/TheMonsterThatChallengedTheWorld'', ''Film/{{Reptilicus}}'', ''Film/{{Tarantula}}'' and ''Film/{{Them}}''.

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'''''The ''The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms''''' Fathoms'' is a 1953 giant monster movie directed by Eugène Lourié. [[TropeMaker The film was the first giant monster movie of the '50s]], following a hiatus in the genre that had been occurring since 1933's ''[[Film/KingKong1933 King Kong]]'', and this film also introduced the theme of the [[ILoveNuclearPower atomic bomb]] to the genre. [[FollowTheLeader It kicked off a hefty trend]], including ''Film/TheAmazingColossalMan'', ''Film/AttackOfThe50FootWoman'', ''The Giant Behemoth'', ''Film/TheGiantClaw'', ''Film/{{Gojira}}'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''Film/ItCameFromBeneathTheSea'', ''Film/TheMonsterThatChallengedTheWorld'', ''Film/{{Reptilicus}}'', ''Film/{{Tarantula}}'' and ''Film/{{Them}}''.
3rd Jul '16 12:45:31 AM Morgenthaler
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The story was partially inspired by the short story "The Foghorn" by Creator/RayBradbury.



* Creator/RayBradbury: The story was partially inspired by the short story "The Foghorn." Sort of.
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