The Giant Behemoth

The Giant Behemoth

Eugène Lourié (1959)

X Certificate


Our Score
Director Eugène Lourié cannibalised his own The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and added sterling special effects by King Kong creator Willis O'Brien for another classic 1950s giant-monster-on-the-loose fantasy. This time a prehistoric dinosaur is revived by an atomic explosion and travels to London to wreak radioactive havoc. Gene Evans saves the city by shooting the creature down with a radium-filled torpedo - but not before London Bridge is destroyed in the exciting climax. Lourié builds suspense and mood through evocative lighting and excellent use of O'Brien's stop-motion puppet. The director recycled the same story again for Gorgo.


A resurrected radioactive dinosaur runs riot in Fifties London, smashing buildings and barbecuing innocent bystanders. Vintage creature feature, with Gene Evans and Andre Morell.

Cast & Crew

Steve Karnes Gene Evans
Professor James Bickford André Morell
Ian Duncan John Turner
Jeanie MacDougall Leigh Madison
Dr Sampson Jack MacGowran
Submarine officer Maurice Kaufmann
Tom Henry Vidon
Scientist Leonard Sachs
Director Eugène Lourié
Director Douglas Hickox
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Eros Films