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20 Million Miles to Earth

Released 1957
Distributor Columbia

The dino-like Ymir is one of Ray Harryhausen’s most personable stop-motion creations and the last to benefit from his brilliant black-and-white lighting. Currently available in a lamentably colorized video version which shows Ray’s work to its least advantage.

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About Sam Hamm

Failed cartoonist Sam Hamm turned to screenwriting when he realized he would never be able to draw like Alex Toth. His feature credits include Never Cry Wolf, Batman, Batman Returns, and Monkeybone. Hamm also created the short-lived television series M.A.N.T.I.S. in collaboration with Sam Raimi. Most recently, he has written two episodes of the cable series Masters of Horror for director Joe Dante: Homecoming (for which he won a Best Screenplay award at the Sitges International Film Festival) and The Screwfly Solution.

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