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Devil Monster (1946)

Approved | | Adventure, Horror | 1946 (USA)
This is an edited version of a ten-year-old film, _Sea Fiend, The (1936)_.

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Robert Jackson (archive footage)
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Capt. Jackson (archive footage) (as J. Barton)
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A schooner disappears at sea without a trace. Years later, evidence of possible survivors prompts the mother of the schooner's mate Jose to hire a tuna boat to investigate. They discover the lad living happily on a South Seas island, and, when he refuses to leave with them, they abduct him. However, Jose gets revenge by leading the ship into the lair of a mysterious giant manta ray. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Not only was most of this film made of travelogue stock footage, but the acting was from dubbed old stock footage as well. Louise, the love interest, had the classic hairdo from the early 1930s, yet the film wasn't released until 1946. See more »

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When a native canoe rows beneath some palm trees, the trees are clearly hand-drawn and you can see the boat right through them. And when Jose fights the manta, you can see the manta and the ocean through him. There are hands holding him up in part of the battle scene, wearing black sleeves and back gloves. See more »

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This is the stupidest movie I've ever seen.
19 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

And I've seen a lot of them. There is more stock footage in this thing than any movie I know except "Jungle Hell" (1956). The only difference is that "Jungle Hell" was all elephants. This one's all sea lions. On and on and on about the stupid sea lions while the stupid crew in their stupid boat looks for stupid Juan Francisco.

Much of the stock footage that isn't sea lions is native women of the South Pacific. I don't know if the editors were blind or what, but whoever was in charge of splicing the stock footage together didn't seem to mind that the women were mongoloid one minute, negroid the next, and caucasoid the next. They change races with surprising speed.

There is another prominent stock footage scene. An octopus in an aquarium (you can see him stick to the glass, and you can see the reflection of lights on the glass) battles a moray eel. The eel is defending all his little fish buddies from the mean old octopus. I'm not making this up. This is presented as if it were happening in the ocean for crying out loud. Who wins? Watch and find out!

Lots of stock footage of men fishing provides for some humor as the overdubbed voices say things like, "Watch out for my face." But it gets tiring after several minutes of the same stupid footage of the same stupid men catching the same stupid fish.

Alas, there is one more big stock footage scene. This one's of the devil monster. It's not a devil, and it's not really a monster. What is it? Let's just say it's not the kind of monster you were hoping for. Juan, who they did find at the end of all those sea lions, battles the "monster". Again, you'll have to watch to find out what happens.

What really surprises me is that the IMDB says this was edited down from a longer, older movie. That tells me that (1) someone thought the original was worth redoing, (2) someone thought this version was better, and (3) the original must've been worse. I can't imagine.


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