The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1954)

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It’s a shame they don’t make trailers like this anymore.

Like the previous movie in our 1st Annual 50’s Sci-Fi Summer Trailerganza, the special effects in this one are also by Ray Harryhausen. In fact, it was the first movie where he was in charge of the visual effects (he was an assistant on 1949’s Mighty Joe Young).

The movie was inspired by the Ray Bradbury’s story “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” (changed to “The Fog Horn” in later collections), which was published in The Saturday Evening Post in June of 1951. The movie had another title at the time but producers wanted to attach Bradbury’s name to the project and they liked one of the scenes depicted in the story so they changed the title and added the Bradbury credit.

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