The Rhedosaurus is the main antagonist of the 1953 Danish-American science fiction monster film The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.
Nuclear tests in the Arctic Circle have accidentally thawed out and awakened a gigantic dinosaur that threatens humanity due to its blood containing a deadly virus.
The Rhedosaurus resembles a large monitor lizard with dark gray scales and a row of spines running down its back.
Powers and Abilities
The Rhedosaurus possesses the following powers and abilities:
- Powerful jaws
- Enormous size
- Infectious blood
The creature is shot in the neck with a radioactive isotope, causing it to undergo heatstroke and die.
- The creature was portrayed via stop-motion animation by stop-motion master Ray Harryhausen.
- The film was loosely based on a Ray Bradbury short story titled The Fog Horn.