The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Arctic explorers are shocked to encounter a living, breathing, and very hungry dinosaur, awakened from hibernation by atomic testing, and eventually making his way to New York. Based loosely on a short story by Ray Bradbury, the special effects are by the soon-to-be-legendary Ray Harryhausen. (80 min.)
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is part of a summer-long series of family-friendly sci-fi films, presented free throughout the summer, coinciding with the exhibition Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. Some of these are movies that George Lucas has cited as being his favorites, others are examples of the vast variety of pre-Star Wars fantasy, science fiction and adventure that fired the imaginations of young audiences in the 1950s and earlier. Raised on the infinite possibilities of movies, this was a generation ready to embrace Lucas’s vision. Each feature film will be preceded by one chapter from the three original Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s.