Ev, along with her husband, Harold, and their lawyer friend Martin, are swimming while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, ... See full summary »
American crook Renzo Capetto sees a chance to make a bundle when a Caribbean island has a revolution. He plans to help loyalists (and the national treasury) escape on his boat, then kill the men and blame their deaths on a mythical sea monster. Trouble ensues when the _real_ monster shows up! Written by
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The scene of the Cuban military officers saluting as the little boat they are floating in sinks was not planned; it actually began sinking as they were completing the shot. Roger Corman told the actors to stand and salute as the boat sank and filmed every moment, later stating that it 'wasn't very deep' there. He also gave high praise for the Mexican actors that played the officers for taking direction so well. See more »
At approximately 55 minutes, the young woman "Mango" is discovered coming out of the jungle, and again 5 seconds later. See more »
I had to go the Santo Domingo bar and I had to find Agent XK-120, whom I'd never met.
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As a producer and director Roger Corman is certainly well experienced in the business of putting out bad, cheesy, second-rate (or third-rate or even worse) horror movies. He has a resume the size of Mt. Everest, and while I haven't (thankfully) seen very many of his films, they generally share one thing in common - they're pretty bad (although the exception that proves the rule in this case is "Attack of the Giant Leeches," which I actually liked.) "Creature From the Haunted Sea" exceeds anything else Corman has put out though in its absolute dreadfulness. Revolving around a government agent, who narrates most of the movie in what seemed to be an attempt to imitate (not very well) Humphrey Bogart, it's the story of the attempt to kill a bunch of anti-Castro Cubans who are escaping the island with most of the Cuban treasury and then to steal their wealth. Concocting a story about a sea monster to explain the deaths, everyone is surprised when the sea monster turns out to be real.
What can you say about this. It surely can't be a serious horror movie, because it ain't even remotely scary - not even for a moment. There seems to be a lot of genuine attempts at humour - but the attempts are failed ones. The humour is either stupid (like the crewman who spends most of his time imitating animal sounds) or bad ("It was dusk. I knew that because the sun was going down.") It's topped off by one of the most pathetic looking monsters I've ever seen. It's terrible - just terrible.
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