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Possible Scenario? The Giant Behemoth & The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

Written by on May 5, 2022

Story by Chuck Tackett

Possible Scenario? The Giant Behemoth & The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

If you are a regular reader of Chuck’s Chat, you are cognizant that I am a horror movie nerd, especially vintage classic horror films from the 1930s to 1950s. Some people like to label slasher movies as horror, not me. In my opinion, slasher movies are in a total genre of their own.

Shortly after the advent of Earth Day 2022, my AT&T internet modem went out of order. For a day and a half, I had no internet and no cable TV. You can imagine I was not a happy camper. Luckily I remembered, that I still could watch DVDs. My DVD player is encased inside my television.

I decided to watch the movie “The Giant Behemoth.” It is one of those 1950s-era horror films that addressed a popular theme back then, how nuclear radiation from atomic bombs could dangerously affect our planet’s ecosystem.

If you haven’t seen or heard of “The Giant Behemoth”, it is a 1959 British horror film. It is about an American scientist played by American actor Gene Evans who in London is delivering a speech at a British symposium discussing the dangerous effects that nuclear waste being dumped in our oceans could have dangerous effects on aquatic marine life and other ecosystems. An example of his fear comes to pass when a fisherman in a local fishing village is found on the beach suffering from burns. His dying words were “Out of the sea, Behemoth.” Later on, thousands of dead fish in that village were washed ashore. That was when things got real, and the American scientist extended his stay to help British authorities investigate. He got more than what he bargained for.

Those that have seen “The Giant Behemoth”, often compare it to the 1953 American vintage classic horror film, “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms.” Usually, folks have said that “The Giant Behemoth” was Britain’s version of that movie. “The Beast From “20,000 Fathoms had a higher budget, plus they had legendary FX genius, Ray Harryhausen, at the helm. The plot of this movie is that a dinosaur is released from frozen hibernation slumber by an atomic bomb test in the Arctic Circle. The monster travels south from instinct. It wreaks havoc as it heads to its ancient spawning grounds which include New York City. Both monsters in both movies are carrying dangerous and deadly mutations/airborne viruses. “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms inspired movies from “Godzilla” to 2005’s “Cloverfield.”

It is a sad state of affairs knowing that people have been made aware of climate change/environmental pollution for several decades, even before I was born in 1955. It has been met with apathy; and complacency from wealthy folks who refuses to take it seriously because they financially benefit from it along with politicians who financially benefit from it from lobbyists of those wealthy people. Even now in 2022, we are under red alert conditions regarding climate change. I would hate to think that a vast majority of Baby Boomers and Generation Xers do not care to try to resolve it because they think that is Millennials’ and Generation Alpha’s problem to deal with. If so, how selfish and evil.

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