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The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955)

Passed | | Horror, Sci-Fi | December 1955 (USA)
An unusual radioactive rock on the sea bottom mutates the ocean life into a horrible monster. When charred, radioactive bodies begin to drift ashore a scientist and government agent ... See full summary »

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Dr. Ted Stevens / Ted Baxter
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Lois King
Michael Whalen ...
Prof. King
Helene Stanton ...
Wanda
Phillip Pine ...
George Thomas (as Philip Pine)
Rodney Bell ...
William S. 'Bill' Grant
Vivi Janiss ...
Ethel Hall, Dr. King's Secretary
Michael Garth ...
Sheriff
Pierce Lyden ...
Andy, the Janitor
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An unusual radioactive rock on the sea bottom mutates the ocean life into a horrible monster. When charred, radioactive bodies begin to drift ashore a scientist and government agent investigate the phenomenon, and it's connection to a local marine biology professor. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Sheer horror as a living nightmare stalks the ocean floor! See more »

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December 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de las 10.000 leguas  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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While discussing their "scientific" dilemma, Dr. Stevens and Prof. King assert that "heavy water" is found naturally in the depths off the coast. "Heavy water" is deuterium oxide and does not occur naturally, and is water enriched with the hydrogen isotope deuterium, not the result of water under pressure as our two scientists suggest. See more »

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William S. 'Bill' Grant: You seemed a little anxious not to be seen.
George Thomas: Well, I saw two strangers standing over a corpse. Not being the hero type, I decided this was no place for me.
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His body was rigid with radiation burns.
16 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues is directed by Dan Milner and written by Dorys Lukather and Lou Rusoff. It stars Kent Taylor, Cathy Downs and Michael Whalen. Music is by Ronald Stein and photography by Brydon Baker.

Plot, for what it's worth, sees an amphibian like creature suddenly start killing any unfortunate human being that strays near its lair. And just what is that glowing thing down there? An absolute hack job attempting to cash in on the success of far better films of its ilk that were all the rage in the 1950s. It's the sort of Z grade film that gives the fans of creaky creature features and sci-fi schlockers a bad name. Right off the bat the makers commit a big error by introducing us to the man in the rubber suit straight away, a hopeless creation that's about as scary as the insipid dialogue that litters the production. Dialogue that's delivered by a cast of wooden actors who bring laughs on account of the fact they seem to be taking their roles seriously!

Milner's direction accounts to being a number of similar scenes strung together at different intervals, with the creature's appearances being as rare as any suspense is. While the 10,000 Leagues aspect is rendered a big joke since the creature is in water that's only about 5 fathoms deep! I wonder if the makers realised that just one league is 3 nautical miles?!

Is it in the "so bad it's good" category? Absolutely not! There's a modicum of science interest involving genetic tests and atomic energy dabblings, but this is lost amongst the laborious pacing as the characters do incredibly dumb things. While somewhat surprisingly Ronald Stein's foreboding music is decent and deserves a better movie. It also has a great title, with awesome poster art to match, but all told it's a major "league" clunker and only makes one cherish even more the likes of Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. 2/10


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