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June 1979 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Sam Bottoms ... Greg Oliver

Susanne Reed ... Rachel McNamara
Virgil Frye ... Earl Sullivan
Kedric Wolfe ... Oscar Forbes

Charles Howerton ... Dr. David Whiting
Denise Hayes ... Iris Lee
Chuck Doherty ... Ed Bennett (as Charles Doherty)
Helen McNeely ... Louellen Bennett
Ken Metcalfe ... Mr. Holland
Randy Taylor ... Jimmy
Dave D'Martyn ... Tourist #1
Clem Persons ... Maintenance Man (as Clem Parsons)
Pete Cooper ... Nieberg
Katherine Scholy ... Darleen
Ken Petruic ... Harry
Bobby Greenwood ... Tourist #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Babb ... Newsman

R. Lee Ermey
Don Gordon Bell ... Drunk Party guest (uncredited)
Dorothy Burham ... Sandy Kane (uncredited)
Joe Crawford ... Extra (uncredited)
Phyllis Crawford ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles B. Griffith 
Writing credits
Alfred M. Sweeney (screenplay)

Anne Dyer  uncredited

Produced by
Rolando S. Atienza .... executive producer (as Jack Atienza)
Jill Griffith .... associate producer
Manny Norman .... associate producer
Cirio H. Santiago .... producer
Roger Corman .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
James Horner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ricardo Remias  (as Rick Remington)
Film Editing by
Gervacio Santos  (as G.V. Bass)
R.J. Kizer (uncredited)
Production Design by
Peque Gallaga  (as Maurice Gallagher)
Art Direction by
Ben Otico 
Production Management
Marty David .... production manager
Steven Kovacs .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leo Martinez .... assistant director
Sound Department
Willie Arce .... sound (as Willie Archer)
Special Effects by
Santos Hilario .... special effects (as Sandy Hill)
Robert Short .... special effects
Chris Walas .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
James Arce .... underwater camera operator
Proceso Lázaro .... camera operator: second unit (as Ross Lazarus)
Patric J. Abaravich .... electrician (uncredited)
Music Department
Restie Umali .... composer: additional music (as Russell O'Malley)
Restie Umali .... musical director (as Russell O'Malley)
Other crew
Bert Amazan Jr. .... script supervisor (as Bert Mars Jr.)
Peque Gallaga .... underwater director (as Pete Gallagher)
Sammy Umali .... production coordinator (as Sam O'Malley)
Kent Adamson .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Jurassic Jaws" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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85 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Up from C-grade depths, 1 May 2011
Author: Chris. from Australia

A seaside community is besieged by a giant shark like creature that threatens the local serenity. Greedy resort proprietor (Wolfe) sees a marketing opportunity and invites all and sundry to hunt down the perpetrator for a booty in cash and hotel discounts. Sounds reasonable. When you see the concoction, you'll understand why that shouldn't be too much of a problem. But then, there are as yet undiscovered marine life living in deep sea trenches that could conceivably resemble the giant, dual-dorsal finned groper with dentures. Kudos to director Griffith for envisaging such a beast so we can marvel at nature's oddities.

"Up From the Depths" is a fast paced, amusing experiment which has attracted minor cult status for its sheer absurdity. The acting, in particular, is atrocious and not all of it is ham flavoured, so there's some excruciating performances to endure. Director Griffith, who hails from the Roger Corman inspired school of movie making seems to have attempted a cheerful homage to those early, inexpensive AIP monster movies, and there's certainly a camp quality to the dialogue and acting (the scene in which the samurai tries to alight from the beach in his canoe is hilarious in context).

Dubious voice-over looping is badly out of sync with the actors' speech, while the shark is one of the more intrepid creations of a sea monster, but still has enough mobility (combined with the right camera angles and additional footage) to give the attack scenes some plausibility, if only for a moment. An occasional severed head falling to the sea floor post attack tells us that at least some of the meagre budget was dedicated to make-up effects, perhaps so much that the makers couldn't blow up the shark itself – its fate is implied with a loud explosion, although there's no visible evidence (save for everyone waving their arms in jubilation).

Despite a reasonable cast (Bottoms, Frye, Howerton & Metcalfe), a zany soundtrack and comfortable plot, the budget doesn't go far enough and it's likely destined for lifelong obscurity. Too bad if you're mainstream, just wish they'd release on DVD for the rest of us.

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