Near the Arctic Circle, an atomic bomb is detonated. This fearsome experiment disturbs the sleep of a giant Rhedosaurus encased in ice for more than 100-million years and sends it southward on a destructive, deadly rampage.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a film of firsts. It spawned a new era of atomic-age creature features, it was the first screen adaptation of a work by fantasy fiction titan Ray Bradbury, and it marked the first time Ray Harryhausen had control over special effects.
Harryhausen came up with a fantastic creature (constructed at full scale – all 50 tons of it!) that swims down from the north to run amok through New York City before being conquered in a spectacular Coney Island roller-coaster finale (actually The Long Beach Amusement Park in California).
Professor Tom Nesbitt
Dr Thurgood Elson
Colonel John Evans
Captain Philip Jackson
Lee Van Cleef
Professor George Ritchie