Have Cheetah,Will View #285 – “The Giant Behemoth” (1959)

Its 9:30 pm
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So after our last movie almost led the cheetah and I getting drunk of Coke slurpees,we decided that FUN must be had in our next pick. In fact our deep cover agent at Warner Brothers Archive AND stalwart regular reader and fellow blogger Darnell also said the same thing and “M” even helped us out by teleporting a CREATURE FEATURE on over!!

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We have reviewed a lot of interesting creature features and we have hopes that “The Giant Behemoth” will fit the bill…

The movie opens up with a meeting in London,England where the damage from atomic bomb testing is being discussed. Dr. Steve Karnes (Gene Evans) is explaining what is happening and also gives a warning about what may be under the waves and when it might strike back.

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In a small fishing village,a father and daughter are coming back from from fishing,the daughter takes a fish and heads home to start their dinner while the father stays behind to clean their catch. Suddenly the old man is blasted with some sort of heat and he falls screaming….
Hours later and with her dad not coming home,the daughter asks a friend to help look for him. The duo find the father who is terribly burned and dying,he whispers a warning and then dies.

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After burying her dad,the daughter and her friend go back to the spot where her dad died,when they show up,they see thousands and thousands of dead fish on the sand. As they explore,the friend has a his hand terribly burned when he touches what appears a pulsing fluffy piece of coral.
Back in London,Karnes is making plans to go home when he learns about the dead fish from Professor Bickford and gets invited to help the investigation. The two men then do various tests and ask questions about what has happened. Karnes goes out on a small fishing boat as well where he appears to see a creature with high radiation.
Karnes does radioactivity tests on his fish and they see that indeed something is going on.
When a large freighter is attacked and torn apart and the crew killed,a real sense of urgency is created,the scientists must find out what they are facing and the military has to be prepared to contain it…….but they have to find the Behemoth first.

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Did the cheetah and I enjoy “The Giant Behemoth”. Yep,we sure did….Eugene Lourie,the French-Russian who directed the classic “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms”,did a good job with a much smaller budget then “Beast”. What made Lourie’s “Behemoth” pop so to speak was the Lourie was also was a great production designer and his film comes across much better for it.
The Behemoth had it moments,both good and bad….on land,the stop animation and visual effects weren’t bad for the time. Its no “Godzilla” but the Behemoth can stomp a car well. Where the movie loses steam is when its shown underneath the water,it looks terrible because its clear its not the same creature.


The acting is pretty good for a quick cheapie like “Behemoth”. Led by the veteran Gene Evans,who normally played either Western heavies or tough soldier types like “The Steel Helmet” actually is quite good as Steve Karnes,the marine biologist who is trying to stop this monster. I will say that I did find his desire to kill the Behemoth more then capture it was a bit off-setting. His co-star Andre Morell as Prof. Bickford was also quite good.

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The Giant Behemoth is rated “G” and has a run time of 80 minutes. Special features include commentary from veteran visual effect masters Phil Tippett (Starship Troopers) and Dennis Muren (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) which is a complete hoot to listen too.
You can tell both men have a lot of love for these B movie creatures.

You can buy the BluRay copy of “The Giant Behemoth” from the website of Warner Brothers Archive.

The cheetah and I gave “Behemoth” a thumbs/2 paws straight up.

4 thoughts on “Have Cheetah,Will View #285 – “The Giant Behemoth” (1959)

  1. I like this one too, even if it’s a lesser version of Beast From 20,000 Fathoms. King Kong animator Willis O’Brien did some uncredited work on it.

    I really should add it to my collection.

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  2. Commentary is always interesting, getting insights from film people, behind-the-scenes tidbits, or just hearing about which movies inspired and influenced them to take the movie path.

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