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Monster from the Ocean Floor (1954)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 21 May 1954 (USA)
Julie, an American on vacation in Mexico, spots a giant, one-eyed amoeba rising from the ocean, but when she tries to tell the authorities, no one believes her. She finally teams up with a marine biologist in an attempt to destroy it.

Director:

Wyott Ordung

Writer:

Bill Danch (screenplay) (as William Danch)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Kimbell ... Julie Blair
Stuart Wade Stuart Wade ... Steve Dunning
Dick Pinner Dick Pinner ... Dr. Baldwin
Wyott Ordung Wyott Ordung ... Pablo
Inez Palange Inez Palange ... Tula
Jonathan Haze ... Joe (as Jack Hayes)
David Garcia David Garcia ... Jose
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Storyline

Swimming near a Mexican village that has been terrorized by a sea monster, Julie Blaie (Anne Kimball), and American artist, is terrified when an object rises to the surface. It turns out to be a one-man submarine piloted by biologist Steve Dunning ('Stuart Wade' (qb)). Later an abalone diver vanishes and Julie faints after seeing the monster's eye rise from the sea. Pablo (Wyott Ordung) and Tula (Inez Palange) plot to offer Julie as a sacrifice to their gods. Pablo deliberately attracts a shark while Juilie is skin-diving, but she escapes, and her line snags an object that Steve and Dr. Baldwin (Dick Pinner) establish as part of a huge sea monster. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Up from the forbidden depths comes a Tidal Wave Of Terror! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Film debut of Jonathan Haze; he was working at a gas station at the time he did this movie and had to grow a mustache for his role as Joe. See more »

Goofs

As the film opens, and the camera pans to a landscape where "no white man has ever been," at the top right of the screen a car can be seen traveling down Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, where this scene was filmed. See more »

Quotes

Julie Blair: Why do you suppose there were no reports of this thing until 1946? What could have happened then to start the story?
Steve Dunning: 1946? Well that's when the Bikini underwater expeirments were set off, maybe that started something.
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Referenced in California's Golden Parks: Movie Beach (2009) See more »

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Plodding debut from the B-movies' greatest auteur
29 September 2012 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

Notable perhaps only because it was the producing debut of the B-movie king Roger Corman, Monster From the Ocean Floor is one of hundreds of dirt-cheap monster movies produced in the U.S. in the 1950's. Atomic testing had opened the floodgates for many a wannabe film-maker to throw someone in a rubber suit, and build a generic story around it for exploitation purposes. Many of Corman's films were about unknown dangers lurking in the vast and unexplored ocean, and produced/directed many profitable pre and post-Jaws (1975) horrors, and here, the beastie is a giant one-eyed octopus skulking amongst a coastline in Mexico.

While holidaying in Mexico, Julie Blair (Anne Kimbell) learns about a mysterious monster who has eaten various residents of the sea-side town. The only clues it leaves behinds are massive drag marks that resident Pablo (director Wyott Ordung) describes as "not a seal." Marine biologist Steve Dunning (Stuart Wade) picks her up in his mini-submarine and the two hit it off, only Steve is unconvinced by Julie's concerns about the mythical creature. With Steve moving on for further exploration, Julie is left on her own, with one of the local residents whispering in Pablo's ear that a human sacrifice may cause the creature to go back into hibernation.

At only 64 minutes, Corman's beginning to what would become an extraordinary career (he's still going), is a massively dull affair. There are long moments of exposition that drags the film along while it struggles to come with anything remotely inventive or entertaining. The misleading poster that depicts the monster bursting out of the ocean is laughable given we only glimpse the creature twice throughout the whole movie (though this wasn't anything new - dazzling posters brought the audience in under false pretences). The film doesn't look half bad given its obviously modest budget, but even a giant rubber octopus can't save this film from becoming a damp squib.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Stalked the Ocean Floor See more »

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Budget:

$28,000 (estimated)
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Palo Alto Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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