20,000 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957) is one of the early black-and-white science fiction films from Ray Harryhausen, the special effects expert who used stop-motion techniques to bring numerous monsters to life throughout his long career. Thanks to Google Video, you can watch this classic example of his work for free. It’s all about an Ymir (a creature from Venus) that hitches a ride to Earth on a space probe. You can see a bigger image of the video (with an option for full-screen viewing on your computer) here. If you like this one, you can find 125 titles available for viewing at the Science Fiction Theatre website, including 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, CHILDREN OF THE DAMEND, DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, MEN IN BLACK, and many more.
by Dan Persons
Who knew Bob Balaban — the nerdy translator from CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND; the asshole critic from LADY IN THE WATER; Russell Dalrymple from SEINFELD; and the dispeptic Jewish guy from A MIGHTY WIND and countless other movies — had it in him? A weird and nasty a meditation on natural (and unnatural) human hungers — not to mention the creeping fears that stalk most children — PARENTS slipped through the cracks on initial release, but is worth look-see by anyone with an abiding interest in the Cinefantastique.
Here, after the fold and courtesy of Hulu (which means there are commercials), is the full-length film. Read More