Literally anybody who saw THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN (1956) in its original theatrical release has maintained strong, vivid and favourably enduring memories of the film. I do and I initially saw in it in black-and-white on tv!
In this discussion thread BEAST was curiously likened to a "Walt Disney"-type picture (I assume that the connotation intended is "juvenile"). If anything fits that (unsuitable) description it's certainly THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969). The simple truth is that GWANGI was a failure at the boxoffice because it just didn't resonate with the "adult" ticket buyer.
I am not against the film per se but considering just when it was made and what special effects master Ray Harryhausen had already accomplished one's expectations are naturally higher for it. Objectively take the time and compare the spectacular fiery death of the magnificent Rhedosaur in THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953) to the less impressively staged and somewhat unconvincingly handled (especially with its out-of-scale flames) demise of Gwangi in THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969). But don't bet me wrong on this. I like dinosaurs. All dinosaurs including Gwangi.
I think that THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN (1956) is a model example of the "less is more" school of filmmaking. An approach that may well not appeal (or isn't satisfying enough) to every taste.
In my own opinion both films are appreciated and I am able to derive enjoyment from BEAST and GWANGI.
Both THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN (1956) and THE NEADERTHAL MAN (1953) were distributed by United Artists Pictures and that is likely the reason that they were double teamed together on this impending bluray SHOUT! FACTORY release.
At least NEANDERTHAL has Robert Shayne (aka Metropolis Police Inspector Bill Henderson on THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN tv series) and Richard Crane (aka Commander Rocky Jones on the ROCKY JONES, SPACE RANGER tv series) in the cast. Actually THE NEADERTHAL MAN (1953) was later ripped off by Jack Arnold's MONSTER ON THE CAMPUS (1958) a few years later.
Thank you for your interest and I hope that you enjoy your bluray edition of THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN (1956). I will!
Edited by JeffT., November 13 2013 - 03:50 AM.