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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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Storyline

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 »

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Tourist: Oh my God, it's a monster fish!
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Referenced in Aquanoids (2003) See more »

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For the See Food Lover in You!
4 July 2005 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Up from the Depths, directed by Charles B. Griffith and "starring" Suzanne Reed and Sam Bottoms - alright I could put any names out there and would get the same recognition. This is one of Roger Corman's New World Picture rip-offs to exploit something that had been successful on screen. This time around we have a Jaws minus credible cast, story, special effects, etc... But this film never really tries taking itself too terribly seriously, and I found it much more in line with another Corman produced film called Piranha. Both films have just enough "comedy" in them to make them almost parodies of the killer fish genre films. Anyway, Up from the Depths is pretty bad. Its weakest point is a terrible script about some rubbery prehistoric fish that we never really get to see too closely attacking tourists at a tropical resort. The script just does not convey any real "threat" nor does it make us take any of the characters or situations all that seriously. Maybe, because the film tries hard at being funny that is why, but some menace is needed to make a film like this work. The actors are not very good either. Sam Bottoms? C'mon. The usual New World Picture format of needless(yet expressively photographed) nudity is here too. I have seen a lot worse films; however, then Up from the Depths. It is an entertaining "bad" film if nothing else. And as a former reviewer noted, this is one of those films that has an awesome poster - a poster that easily out-distances its film in terms of aesthetic quality.


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