The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956) Review: Claymation Dinosaurs FTW

“One Day After A Million Years It Came Out Of Hiding To… Kill! Kill! Kill!”

Synopsis: An American cowboy living in Mexico discovers his cattle are being eaten by a giant prehistoric dinosaur.

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Calamity Brains:

A cute kid, a drunkard looking for redemption, feuding ranches, and a love triangle. The movie is standard Western fare at first, with the only noteworthy moment being Sarita seductively suggesting that Jimmy sit on her Aunt Marie’s grave with her. But about an hour in, the filmmakers realized how boring their Western was, and went “You know what would liven things up? A DINOSAUR.”

With only mild foreshadowing and no sign of the monster itself until 0:59, the titular Beast ends up being more of a deus ex machina than anything else. Nevertheless, it’s hard not to enjoy the claymation dinosaur menace, especially when it starts aggressively tonguing the air.

The dinosaur is entertaining, the acting is decent (particularly Panchito), and it includes the funnest-looking monster trap I’ve ever seen. If you like Westerns and old school special effects, it’s not a bad way to spend 79 minutes. If you’re on the fence, try the MST3K version.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: C-
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Calamity Brains

The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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