Tuesday, 31 January 2017

B-Movies Madness: It Came From Beneath The Sea (1955)

Oh look, it's another b-movie! This time, 1955's, It Came From Beneath The Sea.
I must say, I especially love this first poster, it's a beauty!

"Operation sea beast
Clear golden gate!"

A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast.

A nuclear submarine on manoeuvres in the Pacific Ocean, captained by Commander Pete Mathews comes into contact with a massive sonar return.

The boat is disabled but manages to free itself and return to Pearl Harbour where tissue from a huge sea creature is discovered jammed in the submarine's dive planes.

 Marine biologists, Lesley Joyce (Faith Domergue) and John Carter (Donald Curtis) are called in and they identify the tissue as being a small part of a gigantic octopus.

The military authorities pooh pooh this notion, but are finally persuaded after receiving reports of missing swimmers and ships at sea being pulled under by a large creature.

Both scientists conclude the sea beast is from the Mindanao Deep, having been forced from its natural habitat by hydrogen bomb testing in the area, which has made the giant creature radioactive, driving off its natural food supply.

Dun, dun, daaaaaaah!

The local sheriff, Bill Nash takes Pete and Leslie to the site of an attack, where they find a giant suction cup imprint in the beach sand; they then request that John join them.
My absolute favourite bit here has to be when Leslie arguing her case at being able to stay with the men: "You underestimate my ability to help in a crisis."
Bill is then attacked by the giant octopus right in front of them and cue Leslie showing her ability to help ...
"Aggggghhhhh!" shrieks Leslie, in a high pitched hysterical b-movie kind of way.

And it just goes from bad to worse ...

But again, not much in the way of panic.
How calm would you be when faced with this?

Anyway, it was good fun and you'll have to watch to see how it ends.

Did you know ... Because the budget was so low, Ray Harryhausen saved money by building his octopus model with six rather than the correct eight tentacles. He tried to pose the creature so this lack of the right number of arms wasn't apparent.


  1. I remember this film. B-movies have a charm to them; the story of the octopus legs is classic. And you're right: the poster is superb.

    1. I really enjoy them, some are obviously better than others, but there aren't as many on now.

  2. That first poster is *excellent*. And the film looks like jolly good fun, too.

  3. this looks great theres a hilarious film Gorgo that was on the show mst3k it looks similar its about the loch ness monster

    1. Oh I'll to keep an eye out for that one!

  4. Love those film posters, especially that first one, with that mental looking octopus. The story of the missing octopus legs is hilarious. xxx

    1. I'd love to own that poster, no luck finding it so far mind you xxx


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