The Beast of Hollow Mountain

The Beast of Hollow Mountain is a 1956 Weird West horror film 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 Beast of Hollow Mountain
Directed byEdward Nassour
Ismael Rodríguez
Produced byEdward Nassour
William Nassour
Written byWillis O'Brien (as El Toro Estrella)
Robert Hill
Jack DeWitt (dialogue)
StarringGuy Madison
Patricia Medina
Carlos Rivas
Mario Navarro
Music byRaúl Lavista
CinematographyJorge Stahl Jr.
Edited byHolbrook N. Todd
Maury Wright
Fernando Martínez
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 1956 (1956)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States



The film 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.[5]

On April 14, 2017, the film was "riffed" as Episode Five of the new Season Eleven of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix. [6]

See also


  1. "The Beast of Hollow Mountain". Turner Classic Movies, Inc. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  2. "The Beast Of Hollow Mountain / The Neanderthal Man Double Feature". Shout Factory. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  3. "The Beast of Hollow Mountain". MoviePass. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  4. "Creature Features: The Beast of Hollow Mountain". Turner Classic Movies, Inc. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  5. Erickson, Glenn. "The Beast of Hollow Mountain / Neanderthal Man". DVD Savant. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  6. "Mystery Science Theatre episode list". Satellite of Love, LLC. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
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