It Came From Beneath the Sea (Sous-titres français) [Import]
The action is wet and wild in this sci-fi thriller that pits man - and woman - against a giant octopus. Submarine commander Pete Mathews (Kenneth Tobey) and scientists Lesley Joyce (Faith Domergue) and John Carter (Donald Curtis) battle an angry sea monster driven from the depths of the ocean by anH-bomb explosion. In search of non-contaminated food, this tentacled tyrant counts among its victims a fishing trawler and its passengers, a family sunning at the beach, several San Francisco skyscrapers and even the Golden Gate Bridge! A daring attempt by the scientists to destroy the monster while saving themselves is a gripping finale to this aquatic adventure. The riveting special effects were created by Ray Harryhausen.
Two years after unleashing The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms upon New York City, master special-effects creator Ray Harryhausen turned loose a giant (albeit six-armed) octopus on San Francisco, and the result is another enjoyable atom-age adventure that should please fans of vintage science fiction. Kenneth Tobey, who battled The Thing (From Another World) in 1951, stars as a Navy captain who pursues a monstrous octopoid (sextapoid?) after it attacks his atomic sub. After it wreaks havoc with shipping lanes, he tracks the creature to San Francisco for a final showdown. Scripting by George Worthing Yates (Them!) and Hal Smith and direction by Robert Gordon are perfunctory at best, which gives the always-reliable Tobey and co-star Faith Domergue little to do, but this is Harryhausen's show, and his monster, though budgetarily restrained, is still impressive. Younger audiences weaned on digital FX may find this creaky, but nostalgic viewers will enjoy its simple thrills. --Paul GaitaSee all Product Description
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"Since the coming of the atomic age, man's knowledge has so increased that an upheaval of nature would not be beyond his belief."
It is 1955 and the atom sub looks just like a ww2 diesel (at least it does not look like a cardboard mockup.) The latest sub is being chased by thing or things unknown; let's just say that "It Came from Beneath the Sea".
Standard sci-fi for the time we have the obligatory romance between the captain, Cmdr. Pete Mathews (Kenneth Tobey) from "The Thing From Another World" (1951), and Prof. Lesleyl Joyce (Faith Domergue) from "This Island Earth" (1955). What a ménage à trios and Prof. John Carter (Donald Curtis) from several "Science Fiction Theater" (1955-1957) TV episodes.
I just love sci-fi from this time because they inevitably depend of flame throwers to do the trick as in "The deadly Mantis" and "Them!"
Naturally no one believes them until they get eaten. Others think they have the situation in hand. Will we be able to handle "IT"? And will there be a next time?
Six tentacle monster by Ray Harryhausen; "Clash of the Titans" (1981).
Screen play by Hal Smith, and George Worthing Yates.
Faith Domergue, by God.
And he did! Harryhausen's capabilities got better with each film, and in this 1950s rampaging radioactive monster flick, he managed some stunning effects sequences with his stop-motion octopus. Actually, the octopus only has six arms (a 'sextopus' I guess), a budget-saving move Harryhausen incorporated so there would be less action to animate. It's almost impossible to notice this slight-of-hand because the monster is usual half-submerged, and the constantly moving tentacles are partially hidden behind its body. It works fantastically; the tentacles seem independent creatures as they break through concrete, rip apart towers, and slither after and crush fleeing tourists on the Embarcadero. The shots of the semi-octopus towering over the wharf are still stunning even today; Harryhausen's optical work is fantastic. The attack on the Golden Gate Bridge is justly famous, and was done without the city fathers' permission! (The crew had to sneak shots out of truck driving back and forth over the bridge to get the required background plates for the special effects.Read more ›
The film stars Tobey Keith, who many may remember from the quintessential sci-fi thriller The Thing From Another World (1951) and Faith Domergue from This Island Earth (1955) as Cmdr. Pete Mathews and Professor Lesley Joyce, respectively.
The movie opens on the maiden voyage, or shake down cruise, of the United States newest, most advanced, and spiffiest atomic submarine, with Cmdr. Pete Mathews in charge. Things seem to be going well, that is, until a large object is appears on the ping ping machine, sonar I think they called it, making a beeline for the sub. What is it? What could it be? If you've seen the front of the DVD case, then you probably know it's a giant octopus, so I don't feel I am giving anything away here. Why does a giant octopus attack the submarine? It's actually explained pretty well further into the movie, so I will leave it to that. After some tactical maneuvering, the submarine gets free with the crew unable to determine what actually happened. Once in port for repairs, a huge piece of organic material is found caught in the flaps or something of the submarine, and some specialists are called in to investigate.Read more ›
Enter Our Hero ï¿½ Kenneth Tobey ï¿½ commander of a nuclear sub that has been molested by the monster. With the help of marine biologists Donald Curtis and Faith Domergue, he is able to identify the beast and go after it, leading to many scenes of Faith in a bathing suit that absolutely boggled my mind when I first saw this as a kid ï¿½ and still has that effect today. If I could have been assured that I would meet someone like her in the field, I would have devoted my life to marine biology.
Our intrepid team finally tracks the monster to San Francisco, where it tries to come ashore at Fishermanï¿½s Wharf. Driven back by flame throwers, it takes its anger out on the Golden Gate Bridge, a scene that must have thrilled the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. (They later complained.) Finally, Tobey and Curtis dispatch the monster with the help of Tobeyï¿½s nuclear sub, as if we thought weï¿½d never see the sub again.
Sure, we know the octopus has only six arms ï¿½ this fact is solidly enmeshed in film lore. And, Who Cares? The movie moves along nicely and has several chilling moments. The acting is first-rate and Harryhausen makes the octopus so effective that we hardly notice its lack of the proper amount of arms.Read more ›
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This was another movie where the budget was so small, Ray had to sacrifise the quality of the story for more cheaper production issues. Read morePublished on May 23 2004
I had never seen the film until this past week when I picked it up at a local Borders store for $15. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by Kent
IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA is another good Ray Harryhausen monster vehicle. Kenneth Tobey (The Thing From Another World) is a tough submarine commander, thrust into the middle of... Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
This is actually a pretty disapointing turn out by Ray.
The lower budget and B-Level acting are pretty evident through out this whole picture. Read more
This is just another in a long line of Ray Harryhausen special effects movies. Like most of the sci-fi/horror,fantasy movies he was involved with it's truly his special effects... Read morePublished on July 20 2003 by Ken