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About the Movie
One of special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen's pre-Seventh Voyage of Sinbad efforts, 20 Million Miles to Earth borrows a few pages from King Kong. An American spaceship crashlands off the coast of Sicily. The rescue party discovers that the astronauts have inadvertently brought back a curious gelatinous mass from the planet Venus. This lump of goo rapidly evolves into be a living reptilian creature, which scientists label an "Ymir". While being subjected to laboratory experimentation, the Ymir begins growing by leaps and bounds, and before long the gigantic monstrosity has escaped and is wreaking havoc in Rome. After battling a zoo elephant and taking a swim in the Tiber, the gargantuan creature holes up in the Colosseum, where the film's pyrotechnic finale occurs.
The Ymir grows again... in COLOR!
In its classic black & white form, this movie was thrilling to me as a fan of sci-fi from the '50's!
In its newly remastered version, the viewer can behold the reptilian 'ymir' in color for the first time! Ray Harryhausen, himself, oversaw the coloring process used to bring vibrant hues to the mutating beast from Venus! The structured pose of his monstrous creation is legendary; clawed talons at its side, elbows tensed back, poised for an aggressive attack! With its dragon-like resemblance and an unusual, forked tail, the ymir is one of Harryhausen's BEST stop-motion animations! If you have never seen this early sci-fi gem, you have surely missed a treat! Wait until you hear the voice of the creature!!! One of the strangest sounds to emanate from any of Ray's fantastic 'pets'! One of my absolute favorite films!!!
One of the old SciFi classics from "back in the day." Ray Harryhausen's creature effects, while not up to the standards of today were a marvel back in the 50s and 60s. This particular critter, brought back from man's first expedition to Venus, didn't ask for what happened to it. But it's frightened and angry and on a rampage in Rome. William Hopper does a good job as heroic Colonel Calder and the supporting cast is most adequate. For fans of classic early SciFi, it's quite recommendable. Good movie.
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 2002
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