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The Terror Beneath the Sea (1966)

Kaitei daisensô (original title)
While covering a test of guided torpedoes, two reporters believe they saw what appeared to be a strange-looking swimming creature. They investigate the matter further and discover that ... See full summary »

Director:

Hajime Satô

Writers:

Masami Fukushima (book), Kôichi Ôtsu
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Cast

Cast overview:
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Ken Abe (as Sonny Chiba)
Peggy Neal Peggy Neal ... Jenny Gleason
Franz Gruber Franz Gruber ... Commander Brown (as Frank Gruber)
Gunter Braun Gunter Braun ... Captain Bob
Andrew Hughes Andrew Hughes ... Professor Howard
Erik Neilson Erik Neilson ... Dr. Moore (as Enric Nielsen)
Beverly Kahler Beverly Kahler
Hajime Satô Hajime Satô ... (as Terence Ford)
Mike Daneen Mike Daneen ... Dr. Josef Heim
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Henchman
Tsuneji Miemachi Tsuneji Miemachi
Hans Horneff Hans Horneff ... (as Hans Hornef)
John Kleine John Kleine
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While covering a test of guided torpedoes, two reporters believe they saw what appeared to be a strange-looking swimming creature. They investigate the matter further and discover that there is a race of fish-men living under the sea. The fish-men capture the pair and keep them prisoner in their underwater city. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 July 1966 (Japan) See more »

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The Terror Beneath the Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Toei Studio, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The so-called unmanned submarine that was destroyed during the torpedo demonstration was clearly based on the USS Triton, a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine that was famous for making the first submerged around-the-world voyage in 1960. See more »

Goofs

The latex make-up on actors Sonny Chiba and Peggy Neal changes from shot to shot, sometimes disappearing altogether. See more »

Crazy Credits

The American version's opening credits constantly overlap each other and fade in and out. See more »

Alternate Versions

Made in 2 versions with Japanese version having more violence and international version having longer English language performances. See more »

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Featured in Son of Svengoolie: Terror Beneath the Sea (1966) (1980) See more »

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A monster film mostly for young kids and bad film fans.
24 June 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Sadly, before Sonny Chiba made the wonderful martial arts films that made him so famous throughout the world, he starred in a bazillion films--including some real turkeys like INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN (in the bottom 100 films on IMDb). Despite a fairly respectable current score of 5.5 on IMDb, TERROR BENEATH THE SEA is also one of these early bad films. Now it isn't nearly as terrible as INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN (but what is?!), it's still mighty bad and a film only for kids and the curious.

The film involves Chiba and a cast of Westerners and Japanese investigating some strange creatures in the ocean. They look like a poor man's version of the Creature from CREATURE OF THE BLACK LAGOON--rubber body suits painted silver with putty-like faces. It turns out that they are the creation of a mad megalomaniac (Dr. Moore) who has learned to change humans into practically anything he'd like. Using a mind control device, these cheesy monsters do his bidding. And where does this crazed genius live? Yep, 3000 feet under the ocean--and it's up to Chiba and the US Navy to stop this crazy and his freaky friends. They never really explain how the subs are able to go that deep and Chiba's stupid red-headed sidekick wants to swim from there to the surface (they'd be crushed like grapes by the pressure almost immediately). Maybe originally they mean 300 feet and it was mis-dubbed!

The film looks very Japanese when it comes to the underwater battles and sub. There are lots of fires and explosions(!) under water and much of it looks really, really cheap--like they were created by someone who built the cities for the Godzilla films. Oddly, despite these silly special effects, some of the underwater diving scenes were very well done and filmed well and the color throughout the film was lovely--very vivid and clean. The costumes also aren't bad (other than the silver-suited freaks).

The film is entertaining silliness that bad movie fans and kids will like, but I can't imagine anyone else sitting through this odd film. Well,...at least it IS different!


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