Monday, June 3, 2013

It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

Director: Robert Gordon

Starring: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis, Ian Keith, Dean Maddox Jr., Chuck Griffiths, Harry Lauter, Richard W. Peterson

More info: IMDb


Plot: A Giant Octopus, whose feeding habits have been affected by radiation from H-Bomb tests, rises from the Mindanao Deep to terrorize the California Coast.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

While this could be seen as a run of the mill 50s monster movie, it's got one thing most of them didn't - Ray Harryhausen's brilliant stop motion special effects.  The talking part of the picture is rather fun with its antiquated treatment of women and stock cliche'd characters but they're a lot of fun also because of that. But the real meat and potatoes is Harryhausen's monster effects. They're expertly done and loads of fun.  Seeing the giant octopus destroy this and that is the real reason to watch this.  Most of the monster action is loaded in the end of the picture but you get little sprinkles of it throughout and that's what keeps you going.  If it weren't for Harryhausen, this would be your average 50s genre picture but with shoddy effects. 

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