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Up from the Depths (1979)

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


Alfred M. Sweeney (screenplay)





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


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!!!



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The film was shot and edited in Manila, the Philippine Islands. The director's cut was sent back to Los Angeles where Roger Corman had the film re-cut, plus he had additional footage shot and edited into the film. See more »


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A prehistoric, killer Sturgeon?!
2 March 2009 | by HaemovoreRexSee all my reviews

When seismic activity off the coast of Hawaii unleashes a previously trapped selection of prehistoric sea life including one very large, odd looking carnivorous fish, the locals at a sea resort subsequently find themselves on the menu in this very silly Jaws inspired poop-fest. Far more terrifying than said oceanic predator however is the God-awful troupe of actors assembled in this! Put it this way, if incompetent overacting is what floats your boat, then you'll absolutely be in heaven with this one.

Luckily it is entirely clear that the director knew what a stinker he was involved with here and quite rightly injects much humour into proceedings (most of it sadly falling woefully flat but oh well, it's the thought that counts after all). It would be all too easy to poke fun at the rather poor looking creature in this (which is absolutely NOTHING like that depicted on the video sleeve!) but to be fair I have seen far worse in my time.........no really I have. The real problem here however is that much of the underwater footage is so dark that it is virtually impossible to discern what the hell is going on (not that one is probably missing much anyway). The ending to is handled about as lousily as humanly imaginable but after having sat through the previous eighty five or so minutes of this rather mundane effort, the viewer will be perfectly prepared for such a let down.

I wouldn't in all seriousness recommend this to anyone other than extreme bad movie lovers.....and even then I would attach a caution. Oh well, at least it's marginally better than Devouring Waves aka Devil Fish/Monster Shark.

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June 1979 (USA) See more »

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