Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  June 1961 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Antony Carbone ...
Renzo Capetto
Betsy Jones-Moreland ...
Mary-Belle Monahan
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 ...
Elisio Lopez ...
Tanner Hunt ...
Blanquita Romero ...
Carmelita Rodriguez
Armando Rowra ...


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 <>

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June 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Criatura do Mar Assombrado  »

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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 »


When the monster attacks the ship at the end of the movie, you can see human skin where the costume sleeves didn't reach the gloves. See more »


[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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Referenced in Watching the Detectives (2007) See more »


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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Decent drive-in surrealism.
27 September 2000 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

This is a film without any concept of quality. It makes a mockery of character, place, and plot, casually and thoroughly, almost subversive in its contempt for form and content. Have fun watching and thinking about the two or three days the cast and crew spent filming this and wondering exactly what they thought they were doing. Though it has slow moments, I have enjoyed this film all three times I've seen it. Underrated for sheer strangeness.

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