Standard Giant Monster Movie
Movie Lover: Spencer Koelle
Media, PA US
-- July, 6, 2006
There's not much that needs saying. The climatic battle at the amusement park is a little weird in its premise and meloncholy on its end. The creature is well-done, as are all of harryhausen's creations. I like the blood-borne disease that is used as an excuse for why the military can't blast the beast with conventional weaponry, rather than the more common "immune to all weapons except this thing a scientist cooked up in less than 45 minutes" explanation.
One Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad Dinosaur!
Movie Lover: Paul Wax
Teaneck, NJ US
-- January, 17, 2006
Kudos to Ray Harryhausen - he really pulled this one off tremendously well; I was only about 6 years old when I first saw this flick and it scared the bejabbers out of me - lots of subsequent nightmares and looking out of my window where I lived on Bergen Avenue in Jersey City almost swearing I saw this ugly beast peeking over the rooftops across the way waiting to get me! That scene when he picks up and eats the NYC Cop is still burned in my childhood's memory!
Anyhow, this was quite an effort in those days to come up with a really good flick with some really good special effects for those days. BTW, this movie was based on a short story by the Grandaddy of 20th Century Sci-fi; Ray Bradbury. It also was sort of a "wake up call" regarding the possible effects of nuclear testing. Get a big bag of popcorn and a large soda of your favorite flavor - and watch this movie!!!!