20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Seventeen Astronauts journey to Venus only to meet disaster in various forms. The returning spacecraft splashes down off Italy with three occupants, and one is fixin’ to get seriously pissed off. Can William Hopper save the day with his “no speaka da English” sidekicks? No matter, the plot has little to do with our recommendation.

The real star of this creature feature is, of course, the Ymir, Ray Harryhausen’s dynamic concept of a beast from another world. At once terrifying and sympathetic, Y-Man’s performance from hatchling to adulthood is by far the best thing this classic has to offer. You can’t help but feel disdain for the inept Earthlings and pity for the monster.

Y-Man, Y-man, he’s our man, if he can’t do it, no one can.

Directed b Nathan H Juran.
Starring William Hopper, Joan Taylor and Frank Puglia.
81 Minutes – Not Rated