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A salvage vessle is nearly sunk off the Irish coast by an undersea earthquake. A few nights later, a walking sea monster tangles with the fishing boats and enters the town. The salvage vessel captures Gorgo and takes it to London for display. Gorgo's mother, who is upset and significantly larger follows his trail to London leaving a wake of destruction in her path.Written by
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The paperback novelization by Dean Owen is noted for its inclusion of gratuitous sexual scenarios entirely unrelated to the film. Owen penned the similarly erotic novelization of Reptilicus (1961), which so angered that film's director, Sidney W. Pink, that he sued its publisher, Monarch Books. See more »
A scene in which a London bus displays an advertisement for DULUX paint is also shown in reverse; XULUD. See more »
[During a scuba dive, the men glimpse Gorgo and hurriedly return to the boat]
What did you see, Sam?
I don't know. But whatever it was, I never want to see it again.
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GORGO is hardly a perfect film but it does have several things working in its favor which make it more entertaining than many other giant monster films. One is director Eugene Lourie, certainly no stranger to giant monster films directing THE BEAST FROM 20000 FATHOMS, THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK, THE GIANT BEHEMOTH as well as GORGO. In terms of Special FX and Ending, only the first film named above is better than GORGO. The FX work(done by Tom Howard) in GORGO is truly well-accomplished and for the time and era was rather ground breaking. The Ending is also truly unique amongst giant monster films which usually all end the same way but this one certainly doesn't.
The problems lie mostly with lack of character development and some serious leaps of logic. Still there are times this film can be quite suspenseful particularly once Mama Gorgo comes on the scene. The huge red-eyed Mama rising out of the water is certainly memorable stuff.
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