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The Sea Serpent (1984)

Serpiente de mar (original title)
A serpent, created by radioactivity, threatens a Spanish coastal town.

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Pedro Fontán
Taryn Power ...
Margaret
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Linares
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Professor Timothy Wallace
Gérard Tichy ...
(as Gerard Tichy)
Carole James ...
Jill
Jack Taylor ...
Asesino
León Klimovsky ...
Dr. Moore (as Leon Klimovsky)
Miguel de Grandy
Paul Benson
Charly Bravo
Víctor Israel ...
Porto (as Vic Israel)
José Canalejas ...
(as Joe Canales)
Eduardo Bea ...
(as Edward Beamont)
Teresa del Olmo ...
(as Texsa Elmer)
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A nuclear detonation in the Atlantic re-animates a prehistoric sea monster. The creature terrorizes the Spanish coastline, attacking swimmers, boats and lighthouses without mercy. A sea captain whose ship was sunk by the monster and an American tourist whose best friend was killed by the beast team up to stop the monster, along with the help of respected oceanographer (Ray Milland). Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Delightful 80's incompetence and cheese; "Hydra" be thy name!
13 December 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"Hydra – The Sea Serpent" is fantastic and downright brilliant entertainment. That is to say; at least if you're into stupid, cheesy, trashy, tacky and totally incompetent euro-Exploitation material. From the creator of some really great and highly respected European horror landmarks, such as "Tombs of the Blind Dead" and "The Lorelei's Grasp", comes this must-be-seen-to-be-believed piece of 80's incompetence that you simply cannot bring yourself to hate. The film begins with a really cheesy sequence of a military airplane, code name "baby", in contact with the radio base, code name "mother", and receiving the order to drop a nuclear bomb, code name "baby's bottle", in the Atlantic Ocean. The explosion instantly causes a regular-sized sea serpent, as the only living thing in the entire ocean, to mutate into a giant and radioactive monster. And yes, all this even happen before the opening credits! Even after the exhilarating opening sequence, the monster doesn't waste any time and promptly devours half the crew of a Spanish fisherman's boat and a female American tourist who thought it was a brilliant idea to go swimming in an unlit and unguarded area whilst completely drunk. Of all stupid people I ever watched dying in horror films, she deserved it the most! Her traumatized friend teams up with banished fisherman Pedro, but obviously nobody believes in the existence of a massive sea creature and they call in the help of the eminent professor Timothy Wallace; who actually should have been retired for at least two decades already.

"Hydra – The Sea Serpent" is indescribably entertaining for all the wrong reasons. Whenever the film attempts to be spectacular and terrifying, you'll find yourself practically laughing your lungs out. The monster is an adorably ridiculous sock-puppet who likes to twist itself around cardboard lighthouses and swallows entire mannequin dolls without even chewing. At a certain point in the film, the critter even manages to grab a helicopter out of the sky and munch it. Also, pay attention to the catchy but nevertheless knocked-off Jaws music whenever the monster threatens to pop its head out of the water. Okay, the film is too long in parts, especially since Amando De Ossorio insisted to provide the obligatory "let's-fall-in-love" montage and several more completely irrelevant sub plots, but overall "Hydra – The Sea Serpent" is the type of garbage I instantly fall in love with.


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