Behemoth (2011)

That's certainly a big Behemoth!
That’s certainly a big Behemoth!

With deaths and quakes occurring around Mount Lincoln, it is eventually discovered that beneath the mountain lurks… Behemoth!

This movie was the 23rd film in the ‘Maneater Series’ (this was the brand name, logo and look given to a series of made-for-television horror films produced by RHI Entertainment, distributed by Vivendi Entertainment). Other movies that were part of the Maneater Series included GRIZZLY RAGE (2007), MALIBU SHARK ATTACK (2009) and WYVERN (2009).

"It's the size of the mountain!"
“It’s the size of the mountain!”

BEHEMOTH, which stars Ed Quinn, Pascale Hutton and William Bruce Davis, was premiered on January 15th 2011 on the SyFy Channel, so I guess it’s not a surprise that the acting, production values, script and special effects for this TV movie are not of the highest standard.

A mountain... a monster... a massacre
A mountain… a monster… a massacre

I’ll be honest: I didn’t focus too much on the storyline & acting, but I did quite like the Behemoth critter itself, once it rises from the ground. The CGI ain’t anything to write home about and during the finale the Behemoth basically just flaps its tentacles around a bit on top of the mountain, before beefy Bradley Cooper lookalike Ed Quinn blows it up (quite easily) with a rocket launcher, but the big, goofy, novel-looking beast is a fun creation. So here are some shots of the Behemoth to enjoy…

A giant monster eye peers through a hole in the mountainside
A giant monster eye peers through a hole in the mountainside…
...and then a tentacle pokes from the hole!
…and then a tentacle pokes from the hole: run!

At one point the Behemoth’s head pokes from the ground and gobbles up a character when he falls from the cliff he’s clinging to…

The Behemoth's knobbly outer skin reminds me a bit of the armoured carapaces of the Zargs in WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS
The Behemoth’s knobbly outer skin reminds me a bit of the armoured carapaces of the Zargs in WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS

Here are a bunch of pics of the Behemoth once it finally bursts from the summit of the mountain…

Huge, crab-like legs and tentacles emerge
Huge, crab-like legs and tentacles emerge
The Behemoth
It that central, toothy section a nod to the Sarlacc?
It that central, toothy section a nod to the Sarlacc?
The weird-lookin' Behemoth crawls to the top of Mount Lincoln
The weird-lookin’ Behemoth crawls to the top of Mount Lincoln
Does the Behemoth's face resemble the monster on the cover of Blue Öyster Cult's album Cultösaurus Erectus?
Does the Behemoth’s face resemble the monster on the cover of Blue Öyster Cult’s album Cultösaurus Erectus?
Ed Quinn aims his rocket launcher at the Behemoth...
Ed Quinn aims his rocket launcher at the Behemoth…
...and he needs to shoot the rocket through the monster's mouth!
…and he needs to shoot the rocket straight down the monster’s mouth!
Boom! Bye-bye Behemoth!
Boom! Bye-bye Behemoth!
A pleased Ed Quinn flies off in a helicopter
A pleased Ed Quinn flies off in a helicopter

Finally, some DVD and VCD covers…

US DVD cover
US DVD cover
Japanese DVD cover
Japanese DVD cover
Maneater Series triple feature DVD
Maneater Series triple feature DVD
Hong Kong VCD cover
Hong Kong VCD cover
French DVD cover
French DVD cover
Well, this isn't a very accurate depiction of the monster
Well, this isn’t a very accurate depiction of the monster!

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