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Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | June 1961 (USA)
A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn't know is that the creature is real.

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Antony Carbone ...
Renzo Capetto
Betsy Jones-Moreland ...
Mary-Belle Monahan
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Sparks Moran / Agent XK150 / Narrator (as Edward Wain)
Beach Dickerson ...
Pete Peterson Jr. (as Beech Dickerson)
Robert Bean ...
Happy Jack Monahan
Esther Sandoval ...
Rosina Perez
Sonia Noemí González ...
Mango Perez (as Sonia Noemi Gonzalez)
Edmundo Rivera Álvarez ...
Gen. Tostada (as Edmundo Rivera Alvarez)
Terry Nevin ...
Cuban
Elisio Lopez ...
Cuban
Tanner Hunt ...
Cuban
Blanquita Romero ...
Carmelita Rodriguez
Armando Rowra ...
Cuban
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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 Paul White <pwhite@bigfoot.com>

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Trivia

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 »

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At approximately 55 minutes, the young woman "Mango" is discovered coming out of the jungle, and again 5 seconds later. See more »

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[first lines]
Sparks Moran: [narrating] 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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Remade as Demon of Paradise (1987) See more »

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The Creature from the Haunted Sea
Lyrics by Carole Eastman
Music by Fred Katz
Sung by Betsy Jones-Moreland with the Fred Katz Jazz Combo
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Wonderful, deliberately bad monster movie
24 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As the back cover of a DVD of it points out, this movie parodies a dozen different movie things - social comment (the Cuban Revolution), monsters, gangsters, spies, beatniks (to some degree), impromptu singing, cameos by the film-makers, Bogart movies, even South Pacific (I think). And Betsy Jones-Moreland makes one of the great movie molls (in comedies OR dramas). This story is the first and last place I've heard the phrase "crazy-looking" - "crazy" in the "beat" sense of the word, making it a compliment - but I've always wanted to use it. And of course, there's Antony Carbone as a villain you start to feel sorry for, because he's surrounded by incompetents, and Robert Towne as the incompetent hero, who tries to make himself sound better in the narration, but fails even THEN. There are many little moments that really work - the impromptu song with the really clumsy lyrics (even though it's a romantic song, it has the title of the movie worked into it), the cameo by Roger Corman himself where he seems to be trying to make Robert Towne laugh, and of course the aliases. There's one little thing it took me a long while to notice. In one scene, "Sparks" is trying to rescue "Marybelle" (who hates him) from drowning (which she isn't). She gets fed up and hits him, and (though I'm not at all sure), instead of sounding "dubbed in", it sounds like Moreland got carried away and hit him for real. Deliberately clumsy-looking films (not just horror ones, of course) have gotten much TOO common lately (taking a lot of the novelty away from it), but Creature From The Haunted Sea really works.


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