As a result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and starts making its way down the east coast of North America. Professor Tom Nesbitt, only witness to the beast's existence, is not believed, even when he identifies it as a "rhedosaurus" to paleontologist Thurgood Elson. All doubts disappear, however, when Elson is swallowed whole during an oceanic bathysphere excursion to search for the creature. Soon thereafter the rhedosaurus emerges from the sea and lays waste to Manhattan Island until Nesbitt comes up with a plan to try to stop the seemingly indestructible beast.
A nuclear bomb unearths a prehistoric rhedosaurus, which stomps its way to New York and proceeds to smash up Wall Street, Coney Island and other familiar Big Apple tourist attractions.
Nuclear physicist Paul Nesbitt, sees what he believes to be a giant monster after an atomic bomb test in the artic. The only other witness is killed when he is covered by ice. When Nesbitt returns to the States he tries to convince the world that he did see the monster, even paleontologist Thurgood Ellison. The only person that will believe him is Ellison's assistant, Lee Hunter. Ellison is finally convinced when Nesbitt and a survivor of a ship that was attacked by the monster both identify the monster as a rhedosaurus. Eventually the monster makes its way to New York where it kills several people not just by devouring them or crushing them with its sheer weight, but it also is the carrier of a deadly virulent disease.
Paul Hubschmid....Tom Nesbitt (as Paul Christian)
Paula Raymond....Lee Hunter
Cecil Kellaway....Prof. Thurgood Elson
Kenneth Tobey....Col. Jack Evans
Donald Woods....Capt. Phil Jackson
Lee Van Cleef....Cpl. Stone
Steve Brodie....Sgt. Loomis
Ross Elliott....George Ritchie
"This film is not only a great science fiction film, but it is also one of the most influential as well. Within a few years of its release, giant monster films began to pop up from every major studio. Everything from giant ants, tarantulas, praying mantises and gila monsters began to pop up
all over the place. But, perhaps its biggest influence was felt in Japan. This film is often sighted as being the main inspiration for Gojira (Godzilla). This film is defintely a classic."
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