Julie, an American on vacation in Mexico, spots a giant, one-eyed amoeba rising from the ocean, but when she tries to tell the authorities, no one believes her. She finally teams up with a marine biologist in an attempt to destroy it.
Anne Kimbell ... Julie Blair
Stuart Wade ... Steve Dunning
Dick Pinner ... Dr. Baldwin
Wyott Ordung ... Pablo
Inez Palange ... Tula
Jonathan Haze ... Joe (as Jack Hayes)
Director: Wyott Ordung
Codecs: DivX 5 / MP3
Monster From the Ocean Floor was the first monster movie from Roger Corman and I quite enjoyed watching this, despite reading some bad reviews.
A series of deaths and disappearances turn out to be the responsibility of a one-eyed octopus which only comes ashore on nights when the moon is out full. It also kills a cow. A woman and marine biologist team up and destroy it and also fall in love.
This movie also includes an unusual pedal powered submarine, sharks, the marine biologist singing and a mad local native who wants the woman dead so the creature won't appear again (according to local legend). There is also some nice scenery and a good music score.
The cast includes Stuart Wade (Teenage Monster), Anne Kimbell and Corman regular Johnathan Haze (Little Shop Of Horrors).
Monster From the Ocean Floor is a good way to spend just over an hour one afternoon or evening.
On the surface, this film appears to be just another entry into the 50's cinema monster mill. But when we dive deeper we find some subtle and entertaining differences. The heroine is remarkably modern. She is brave, independent, determined, and completely oblivious to what the rather effete male characters think of her. The film is actually developed around her persona, and her dogged determination to seek the monster lurking below.
The underwater scenes are beautiful examples of early open water cinematography in the lush, cool Pacific Ocean. The submarine is great. I really wanted one when I was a kid and first saw this film. The spunky actress seems to have done her own diving too. The scene in which she tries to fend off the shark is exciting. If you forget the rather weakly done monster, its minimal time on screen, and instead, focus on the enchanting heroine and her quest, this is not a bad film at all. I certainly find it entertaining. I have it on DVD and watch if often.
I was lucky enough to find this movie years ago pre-viewed at a Blockbusters and immediately loved it. As soon as I found out it had been released on DVD, I bought it outright. Why? It's just an all around great movie. No it doesn't have the best production values, No the acting will not win any awards EVER! But what the flick does have is soul. It straight forward, to the point. A monster is terrorizing a village. A woman visiting the area wants to help out. She tracks down the monster and...... Well I wont give away the ending.
The film is short and sweet, just over an hour its running time is just perfect. The monster in my opinion is very well done. Sure you may laugh now...But I can imagine back when I was a wee lad the sight of that horrible thing rising out of the bubbling oceans probably would have sent me to bed shivering and begging for the light to be left on. I think this is the perfect movie to introduce the younger generation (6-9 year old) to the genre. If you haven't yet, watch this at least once. You may wind up like me, addicted to the Monster From The Ocean Floor!