Monster of the Day #48 Updated on June 17, 2010 By Ken Begg 12 Comments Here’s a cousin to yesterday’s monster. Sometimes all you need is one scene to gain screen immortality. Tweet Pin It Related PostsMonster of the Day #1568 (May 23, 2017) Monster of the Day #1567 (May 22, 2017) Monster of the Day #1566 (May 19, 2017) Monster of the Day #1565 (May 18, 2017) Monster of the Day #1563 (May 16, 2017) By Ken Begg http://jabootu.net The Rev. D.D. That is one of my favorite man vs. monster fights. The squid is dynamite. I want it in the shed with the dragon from The Magic Sword and the Them! ants that I own in my beautiful, beautiful dreams. Stupid reality. Ericb I saw this movie at a drive in when I was a kid. Unfortunately for me it was the second movie in a double feature and it didn’t come on until realtively late at night so by the time the movie started I was nodding in and out of sleep. But as 20,000 Leages was the picture I wanted to see and as the giant squid was reason I wanted to see it my parents soldiered through and made sure I was awake for the squid scene. Once the scene was over though they brought me home and put me to bed. BeckoningChasm There’s so much good in “Leagues,” as well as so much that just doesn’t work too well. The squid, though was fantastic. KeithB As I have mentioned before, make sure to check out the alternate for this scene on the dvd. It was set at sunset on a calm sea and did not work nearly as well. Beckoning: Was Kirk Douglas’ singing part of the “works well” or the “did not work well”? (Odd fact: because there were only a few cinemascope lenses available, the special effects guys made a squished sub for the underwater scenes. You can tell because the bubbles are ovals!) Sandy Petersen Kirk Douglas singing changed my life. Ken Begg C’mon, Sandy, Douglas sang all right. Not as good as the seal, maybe… Ericb Better Kirk than Pat Boone. Gamera Wow, must have seen this film a zillion times as a kid. Personally I never saw that many flaws in the film but hey I have to look at it with rose-tinted glasses. I’ve seen a few other film adaptions but frankly I didn’t really like any as much as the Disney version. I need to go back and read the novel again. Rock Baker Sea-going adventure pictures with science fiction elements, I just love ’em! 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remains one of the very best of this breed. John Nowak My love for this film surpasses reason. I used to have the silent version on VHS. Capt. Nemo Ah, now this is my movie. You see what they could do before computers. The people who made this squid would go on to make the shark in Jaws. Dennis Fischer Sometimes you only get one chance to make a good first impression. As you probably already know, Ken, Disney had the squid scene reshot when the first version (available as a bonus on the DVD) just wasn’t exciting enough and the wires were too visible. So instead of shooting it at sunset, it was redone at night during a storm, and suddenly it seemed far more exciting and far less fake. It made such an impression that other authors assume that a giant squid appears in Verne’s original novel of 20,000 Leagues. As someone who has read Verne’s book, I know the Nautilus encouraged giant octopi and cuttlefish, but not a giant squid. Of course, that didn’t stop Michael Crichton from using a squid in Sphere (supposedly inspired by the book) or the replication of that mistake in the even worse movie version.