Set on the Cornish coast in 1903, the film features a group of people discovering an underwater society of smugglers who never age living in a lost underwater city along with their gill-man slaves.Written by
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The destruction of the underwater city utilized stock footage from Atragon (1963). See more »
When Ben Harris goes into one of the rooms, he reaches around the door-frame and flicks the light switch a couple of times, even though he has been told that the electricity is off. He then leaves the switch in the "up" position.
A couple of minutes later electrical power is restored and the main light in the room comes on.
However this is set in England, where the "on" position for light switches is "down", not "up", so the light should not have come on. See more »
As I watched this film I kept imagining kids in the year 1965 watching this at Saturday afternoon matinees and thinking this was the coolest thing they had ever seen in their lives. What more could you ask for: a handsome and likable hero in Tab Hunter, a stunningly beautiful leading lady, the delightful David Tomlinson as comic relief, the masterfully sinister Vincent Price as the villain, an undersea world filled with mysterious and treacherous caverns, monstrous mer-men, and a nearby volcano threatening destruction at any moment. That's a pretty good Saturday afternoon if you ask me. And if you can approach this film in that way, allowing for the time and place in which it was made to inform your judgment, I think you'll find this a very enjoyable picture. For the most part it looks great (especially when one considers how tightly AIP held their purse strings in those days) if a bit dated by today's standards, but that too can be part of the fun.
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