1957's 20 Million Miles to Earth is not a bad b-film in its own right. There is much overacting and stereotyping. A bunch of Italian fisherman are minding their own business when a silver rocket comes flashing out of the sky and hits the water, a large portion still sticking out of the surface. Harryhausen's magic starts right away, with the hot, boiling water and the realistic larger than life ship.
The Italian fishermen, along with the silly little boy Pepe, who loves Texas more than common sense, row over there and manage to rescue two men. The rest are dead. Washington hears of this and sends people over but with all the back & forth between trying to find the creature sample that was washed ashore and Pepe's silliness is popping open the specimen container and selling it for a cowboy hat, really makes your head spin.
The Ymir grows to fantastic size and he really is a decent creature who really just wants to be left alone. When a farmer sticks a fork...
This was a great find. Two for one at an unbelievable price. Just like a Saturday matinee in the 1950s. The transfers are rich crisp and clear. Blacks are deep contrast is super. Just as in anything the quality of your electronics and how it is calibrated can make a big difference. There is some print damage and noticeable grain in some of the special effect scenes especially in it came from beneath the sea. But all in all a terrific fun time for less than $10.00.
In the late 60's, I remember Saturday mornings, sitting in my PJ's, eating a bowl of cereal and watching this film(and many like it)on my living room floor! My family didn't have a color set until 1971, so I thought every movie was in B&W. I actually love B&W as it seems to add something to my favotite old horror films like Frankenstein and The Wolfman. On the other hand, Ray Harryhausen's work seems to be made for color, so I was pretty excited to see this.... if it was done right. Not being a fan of colorization, having Ray Harryhausen overseeing this project made a big difference to me.
****The Film****This is one of my favorite monster movies with one of Ray's most memorable creatures. The Ymir is an interesting and cool looking creature from Venus who grows rapidly in Earth's atmosphere. Not since King Kong has an animated monster evoked so much sympathy from it's audience. The film is pretty standard 50's sci-fi, but the FX and Harryhausen's gifts bring this to...
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