Behemoth the Sea Monster (1959)

70m, 6,272 feet
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

A British science fiction film directed by Douglas Hickox and Eugene Lourie. Production began on 14 April 1958.

Plot Summary

Radioactive waste dumped in the sea awakens a prehistoric monster that projects electric shocks and radioactive beams. Unable to attack it with conventional weapons because such an attack would spread over a wide area, the authorities have to race against time to find a way to stop it as it approaches London.


Directed by: Douglas Hickox and Eugene Lourie
© Artistes Alliance 1958
Eros Films Ltd presents a David Diamond production
Produced by: Ted Lloyd
Screen Play by: Eugene Lourie
Director of Photography: Ken Hodges
Supervising Editor: Lee Doig
Music Composed and Conducted by: Edwin Astley
Sound by: Sid Wiles
Wardrobe Mistress: Freda Gibson
Make Up: Jimmy Evans
Hairdresser: Bernie Ibbetson
Art Director: Harry White

Gene Evans (Steve Karnes)
Andre Morell (Professor James Bickford)
Leigh Madison (Jeanie)
John Tumer (John)
Jack MacGowran (Dr Sampson)
Maurice Kaufmann (submarine officer)
Henry Vidon (Tom)

Alternative Titles

The Giant Behemoth



  • The Daily Cinema no.8224 (30 October 1959) p.8 – review
  • Film Daily vol.115 no.54 (23 March 1959) p.6 – review
  • Filmfax no.74 (August/September 1999) p.20 – illustrated video review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.154 no.7 (11 March 1959) p.3 – credits, review
  • Kine Weekly 5 November 1959 p.25 – review
  • Monster! no.7 (July 2014) pp.20-22 – illustrated review (by Troy Howarth)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.26 no.311 (December 1959) p.157 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.214 no.11 (21 March 1959) p.197 – review
  • Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) p.30 – note (Round the cinema's zoo of horrors with Supernaturalist)
  • Variety 18 March 1959 – credits, review
  • Variety 4 November 1959 – note


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.186
  • Beasts and Behemoths: Prehistoric Creatures in the Movies by Roy Kinnard pp.114-117
  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.262 – credits, synopsis
  • The Dinosaur Filmography by Mark F. Berry pp.116-123 – illustrated credits, review
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.90
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.203
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.55
  • by Walt Lee pp.162-163 – credits
  • The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.77-83
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.37-38
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.95-97 – illustrated review (by Tom Woodger)