The Beast of Hollow Mountain

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The Beast of Hollow Mountain
The Beast of Hollow Mountain.jpg
Directed by Edward Nassour
Ismael Rodríguez
Produced by Edward Nassour
William Nassour
Written by Willis O'Brien (as El Toro Estrella)
Robert Hill
Jack DeWitt (dialogue)
Starring Guy Madison
Patricia Medina
Carlos Rivas
Mario Navarro
Music by Raúl Lavista
Cinematography Jorge Stahl Jr.
Edited by Holbrook N. Todd
Maury Wright
Fernando Martínez
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • 1956 (1956)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Beast of Hollow Mountain is a 1956 Weird West horror movie about an American cowboy living in Mexico who discovers his missing cattle are being preyed upon by dinosaurs. [1] The first film to show dinosaurs and cowboys in the same picture, it is notable for being based on a story idea by special effects innovator Willis O'Brien. [2] O'Brien was also to have originally done the special effects for this movie, but this did not happen for reasons unknown. Jack Rabin, Henry Sharp and Louis de Witt ended up doing the effects, probably based on O'Brien's storyboards. This film was one of the few American/Mexican co-productions of the 50s. It was made in color and filmed in CinemaScope. It starred Guy Madison and Patricia Medina, and was produced/ co-directed by Edward Nassour. [3]



The movie was filmed back-to-back in both English and Spanish at Churubusco Studios in Mexico City and released as La bestia de la montaña in Mexico. [4][5]

Willis O'Brien's story that inspired the script for this film also inspired his earlier, unproduced script The Valley of the Mists, which would later be made as The Valley of Gwangi by O'Brien's protégé Ray Harryhausen. [6]

On April 14, 2017, the film was "riffed" as Episode Five of the new Season Eleven of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix. [7]

See also


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  2. ^ The Beast Of Hollow Mountain / The Neanderthal Man Double Feature on Scream Factory
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External links

  • The Beast of Hollow Mountain on IMDb
  • On MUBI
  • On Internet Archive
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