Movies Beast of Hollow Mountain, The (1956, Guy Madison, Patricia Medina) Published 4 months ago on October 30, 2018 The first movie to be filmed in ‘Regiscope’ (which promised to deliver ‘animation in depth’ but was a short-lived phenomenon), The Beast of Hollow Mountain is also notable for being the first-ever science fiction western. It’s based on a story by Willis O’Brien – who’s better known as the special effects genius behind the original King Kong – and an old Mexican legend. The film was also part-filmed in Mexico and features a largely Mexican cast. The only exceptions were Guy Madison (who was best known for starring in the TV series Wild Bill Hickok) and Liverpool-born Patricia Medina. Madison stars as Jimmy, a rancher who’s puzzled by the mysterious death of some of his cattle in a swamp at the foot of Hollow Mountain. Local legend has it that the mountain is indeed hollow and is frequented by a monster. Jimmy, though, prefers to believe that the deaths are the work of a rival rancher, Enrique (Eduardo Noriega), who’s engaged to Sarita (Medina) but is jealous of her friendship with Jimmy. The truth emerges when Jimmy finds Sarita in a shack on the edge of the swamp, being terrorised by a 30ft tall prehistoric monster. The rancher must team up with his rival to try and defeat the beast. Although nowadays there’s an undeniably camp B-movie appeal to The Beast of Hollow Mountain, the special effects were very convincing for the time, with the fight sequences between man and prehistoric beast a particular delight. Eat your heart out, Spielberg. production details Mexico – USA | 81 minutes | 1956 Director: Edward Nassour, Ismael Rodriguez Writer: Robert Hill, Jack DeWitt (based on a story by Willis O’Brien) cast Guy Madison as Jimmy Ryan Patricia Medina as Sarita Carlos Rivas as Felipe Sanchez Mario Navarro as Panchito Pascual García Peña as Pancho Eduardo Noriega as Enrique Rios Julio Villarreal as Don Pedro Lupe Carriles as Margarita José Chávez as Manuel Margarito Luna as Jose Roberto Contreras as Carlos Manuel Arvide as Martinez Carlos RivasEduardo NoriegaEdward NassourGuy MadisonHorrorIsmael RodríguezJosé ChávezJulio VillarrealLupe CarrilesManuel ArvideMargarito LunaMario NavarroPascual García PeñaPatricia MedinaRobert HillRoberto ContrerasScience FictionWesternWillis H. O'Brien Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes3 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. With Steve Buscemi,... Episodes3 hours ago Teachers: The Final Robe (TV Land Tues 26 Feb 2019) The Final Robe: Ms. Bennigan has two spots left in her bridal party and the three remaining teachers compete to... Episodes3 hours ago Food Truck Nation: Smoked, Stuffed and Frozen Finds (S1EP8 Tues 26 Feb 2019 on Cooking) Chef Brad Miller visits a food truck in Orange County that has its own custom smoker onboard, then he tries... Episodes3 hours ago The Rookie: Plain Clothes Day (S1EP14 ABC Tues 26 Feb 2019) Plain Clothes Day: The rookies are really put to the test when their training officers accompany them out of uniform... Episodes3 hours ago Hometown Homicide: Local Girl Gone (S1EP2 ID Tues 26 Feb 2019) Local Girl Gone: When 15-year-old high school freshman Danielle Locklear, of Hope Mills, N.C., went missing in March 2014, her... search EPISODES Episodes3 hours ago The Doorbell Rang Twice airs Tues 26 Feb 2019 on ID When three masked men break into the home of two newlyweds, it ultimately tests their courage in a night of... Episodes3 hours ago Temptation Island: Head in the Sand (S1EP7 USA Network Tues 26 Feb 2019) Mixed Messages: The couples are given the opportunity to communicate with their significant others. Airdate: Tuesday 26 February 2019 at... Episodes3 hours ago Chopped: Beer and Brats (S37EP4 FoodTV Tues 26 Feb 2019) Wonton Wonder: The chefs start with an appetizer basket that includes potato chips, then the entree basket includes a savory... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 weeks ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies2 weeks ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies2 weeks ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.