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It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | July 1955 (USA)
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A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast.

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After an encounter at sea with an unknown underwater creature, a naval commander works with two scientists to identify it. The creature they are dealing with is a giant, radioactive octopus that has left its normal feeding grounds in search of new sources of replenishment. As the creature attacks San Francisco, the Navy tries to trap it at the Golden Gate Bridge but it manages to enter the Bay area leading to a final confrontation with a submarine. Written by garykmcd

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IT CRUSHES! KILLS! DESTROYS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Ray Harryhausen's father built the metal armature for the model for the octopus. See more »

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When the submarine is caught by the creature, Commander Mathews orders All Back Full (reverse), an order verified by the exec a few minutes later, but when the sub is released, it immediately moves forward, not back. See more »

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Narrator: From her beginnings on a Navy drawing board, through the months of secret field experiments out on the Western desert, then through the desperate search for new metals with the properties she needed, she was designed to be the nation's greatest weapon of the seas - the atom-powered submarine. Her engines were to be a miracle of speed and power, her sides strong enough to withstand any blow, her armament and fire power of greater force than the worst enemy she might encounter. The ...
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An excellent 50's monster movie
17 March 2004 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

It Came From Beneath The Sea was the first of many movies involving the partnership of producer Charles H Schneer and Ray Harryhausen.

A giant octopus makes its way to San Francisco and attacks several ships and submarines on the way. When there, it brings down the Golden Gate Bridge and destroys several other landmarks before being attacked by flame throwers to send it back into the sea, where is it blown to bits by a torpedo.

The stop-motion animation by Ray Harryhausen is excellent, despite the fact that the movie's low budget made the octopus have six tentacles instead of eight.

The cast is lead by 50's sci-fi regulars Kenneth Tobey (The Thing From Another World, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms), Faith Domergue (This Island Earth) and Donald Curtis (Earth vs the Flying Saucers). A love triangle develops with these stars to keep the movie going.

I enjoyed this movie and is a must if you are a fan of 1950's sci-fi and Ray Harryhausen like me.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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