The Monster from the Ocean Floor (1954)

Article #250 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 11-21-2001
Posting date: 4-6-2002

A woman hears legends of a strange monster that lives in a cove nearby. She begins to believe the stories and investigates.

This cheap little movie has so-so acting, stodgy direction, problems with sound, and a script that is clumsy both in dialogue and in construction. Still, I can’t help but have a little affection for what was essentially Corman’s first movie. Wyott Ordung (who penned the script for ROBOT MONSTER and directed this one) appears as Pablo, the man who keeps trying to knock off the heroine in the movie’s poorly-handled subplot. Roger Corman produced; he would definitely go on to better things. Still, the underwater photography was ambitious for a movie of this budget and the submarine looks nifty. And did you know that protozoa looked like cyclopic octopi? The ending is lifted from OEDIPUS REX (and yes, that is a joke).

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