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Up from the Depths (1979)

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A giant shark-like creature preys on a Hawaiian tourist community.

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Alfred M. Sweeney (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Bottoms ... Greg Oliver
Susanne Reed ... Rachel McNamara
Virgil Frye ... Earl Sullivan
Kedric Wolfe Kedric Wolfe ... Oscar Forbes
Charles Howerton ... Dr. David Whiting
Denise Hayes Denise Hayes ... Iris Lee
Chuck Doherty Chuck Doherty ... Ed Bennett (as Charles Doherty)
Helen McNeely Helen McNeely ... Louellen Bennett
Ken Metcalfe ... Mr. Holland
Randy Taylor Randy Taylor ... Jimmy
Dave D'Martyn Dave D'Martyn ... Tourist #1
Clem Persons Clem Persons ... Maintenance Man (as Clem Parsons)
Pete Cooper Pete Cooper ... Nieberg
Katherine Scholy Katherine Scholy ... Darleen
Ken Petruic Ken Petruic ... Harry
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A series of mysterious aquatic attacks indicate the presence of some huge, previously unknown giant species of shark that has risen to the surface and is preying on tourists, fishermen, researchers, etc. A local beachcomber and scam artist, Sullivan, will have to put out to sea to defeat it. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Your vacation is about to end!!!


Certificate:

R

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jurassic Jaws See more »

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Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Was filmed as a comedy-horror film. Roger Corman removed the majority of jokes and humor from the film in post-production, turning the former comedy into a straight horror movie. See more »

Quotes

Tourist: Oh my God, it's a monster fish!
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Featured in Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

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There's something "Fishy" in the Water!
25 November 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

During my ongoing quest to track down literally every "Jaws" rip-off ever made (strange hobby, I know…), I already encountered numerous of truly horrible – yet highly entertaining – junk movies, but "Up from the Depths" most certainly makes it into my all-time top five of awfulness! This is your basic and by-the-numbers "Jaws" plot: tourists and divers are mysteriously disappearing nearby a Hawaiian holiday resort, but obviously the neurotic manager continuously keeps claiming everything's fine in order not to upset his guests, especially when a famous fashion model arrives at the resort for a photo shoot. Then, of course, the inevitable beach attack follows… The funniest part about "Up from the Depths" is that you'll spend most of the time figuring out exactly what type of watery critter we're dealing with here. It's not a Great White or any other species of shark. Nor it's a crocodile or any other kind of commonly known sea predator. It's a fish! It's some kind of over-sized and prehistoric turbot with two fins sticking out the water and an insatiable appetite for dumb and stereotypical B-movie characters. Following good old monster-movie traditions, we're gradually being shown a bigger piece of the creature with every attack, yet by the time it fully emerges from the water, you wish they would have left it all up to the imagination .The special effects look so unimaginably cheesy and pitiable! "Up from the Depths" starts off slow and a tad boring, but admittedly shifts into higher gear halfway through the film, when the manager puts a price on the animal's head and thus literally generates a cowboy round-up; There's never any sign of suspense to detect, even in spite of director Charles B. Griffith's attempts to insert a wannabe ominous musical score and hectic POV-underwater photography. Don't expect any gory smörgåsbord massacres or bloody make-up effects, neither. This is basically a comical viewing experience, filled with both intentionally and unintentionally hilarious situations. The screenplay itself contains several running gags (a constantly bickering elderly couple, the bimbo photo model not realizing she's on Hawaii, etc...) and the sheer incompetence of the ensemble production team induces even more chuckles. "Up from the Depths" truly deserves its embarrassing 1.8 out of 10 rating, but still I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to tolerable fans of cheesy bad cinema.


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