Monster From The Ocean Floor

Year Of Release: 1954
Running Time: 64 Minutes
DVD Released By: ACME Video / Rhino Home Video
Directed By: Wyott Ordung
Writing Credits: William Danch
Filming Location: Paradise Cove, Malibu, California, Santa Catalina Island, California

Starring: Anne Kimbell, Stuart Wade, Dick Pinner, Wyott Ordung, Inez Palange, Jonathan Haze, David Garcia

Tagline: Terror Strikes!...From Beneath the Sea.

Alternate Titles:
It Stalked the Monster Floor (1954)
It Stalked the Ocean Floor (1954)
Monster Maker (1954) (Canada: English title)

Interesting Bits of Trivia:
Inez Palange who played Tula the Old One, appeared in seventy-six movies between 1930 and 1954. She was listed as uncredited for about ninety percent of these films.




Cast Of Characters
Steve Dunning: Marine biologist doing research off the coast of Mexico. He's supposed to be a stud, but he's actually more of a dud.

Julie Blair: Busybody on a quest to find the monster. Between people trying to sacrifice her to the thing, and everyone telling her she's nuts, it's amazing that she was able to do anything.

Dr. Baldwin: Steve's partner in his marine biology research. He co-narrates the science class films with Steve. Claaass...claaass...WAKE UP!

Pablo, The Reprobate: He can be bought for a cheap bottle of Tequila. He claim's he's seen strange things down at the coast. I think he's just a booze-hound who's startin' to see little Christina Aguillera monsters runnin' around.

Tula, The Old One: She lost her dog to the monster. Gives Julie some information, hangs out with Pablo a bit, tells him to sacrifice Julie to the monster, gets paid $25 for showing up on the set that day and then goes back to her regular job cleaning toilets down at the bowling alley.

Joe The Diver: Don't ask me. I'm still trying to figure out why he's in the movie.




The Plot
Julie Blair's idyllic vacation in a Mexican village along the Pacific coastline gets even better when she falls for handsome marine biologist, Steve Dunning. There's only one thing troubling her -- disturbing reports from the natives about a gigantic, one-eyed sea monster lurking off the coast, which they believe is responsible for a number of recent killings and disappearances. Steve dismisses the natives as superstitious, but Julie wants to help ease their fears. When Steve's research takes him farther down the coast, Julie remains behind to search for the monster. But there's something Julie doesn't know -- the natives believe that the only hope of bringing peace back to the village is the sacrifice of a "fair one" to the hideous creature lying in wait on the ocean floor.



What The Hell???
1. The movie opens with Julie sitting with a little Mexican boy at the coastline as she tries to sketch the sea. The kid tells her that a devil from the sea killed his father. She tells him to be realistic and that she hasn't seen anything bigger than a lobster there during her whole trip. Does every movie have the standard warning at the beginning that no one will listen to or believe? I'm starting to wonder.
2. Steve runs into Julie with his submarine while she's swimming. He scares the hell out of her and then follows her to the beach where they start talking like old friends. First of all, Steve looks like someone who lost the cast tryouts for the part of the dad on the Brady Bunch. Secondly, how does she know he's not some kind of a Russian spy or something cruising the coastline in his little submarine? I mean, after all, it is the '50's.
3. When they're out on the biology research boat all of a sudden the movie changes from a good ol' B-Monster movie, into a 50's biology instructional film. Please tell me that people didn't really talk like that in the 50's.
4. Steve has this mini-sub that he cruises around in the ocean with. I have just one question for Steve -- Where can I buy one of those nifty-keen mini-subs, and how many box tops did you have to save up to get it?
5. This diver from a fishing boat goes down in a diving outfit, and disappears. Steve goes down after him and finds an empty diving suit. Now I don't know what Steve was thinkin', but if it was me, the jet stream created by my butt shooting out of the water and back onto the boat would have left a hole in the ocean that wouldn't fill back in for a week.
6. On a side note...I sure wish this DVD had subtitles because the sound really sucks.
7. While they're talking at the restaurant about how Julie wants to stay around and find out what's terrorizing the people of the village, Steve is trying to talk her out of it and he actually says to her, "I still don't see why you have to stick your pretty little chin out." Now I don't know how things were in the 50's, but if he had said that to a woman of today, he'd have been bitch-slapped right into the middle of next week..
8. So Steve and Julie go diving together to investigate. Steve precedes to warn Julie about sharks and tells her how to avoid them. Ok cool, but then they go down, Steve's in his submarine! He just lets Julie swim around unprotected while he's in his nice safe submarine. What a man!
9. I don't know what the hell's with Pablo. Not only is he seeing things, but his accent slips in and out like he's got banana peels on his tongue.
10. OH MY GOD STEVE'S PLAYING GUITAR AND SINGING SOME SAPPY LOVE SONG TO JULIE!!!! SOMEBODY PLEASE SHOOT ME!!!! OH GOD!!!! On second thought, somebody please shoot him!
11. Tula talks Pablo into setting Julie up as a sacrifice to the monster. She didn't even have to booze him up or anything. She just sorta brow beat him into it. If I was Pablo, I'd have held out for the booze.
12. Did you know that a hacked off piece of sea monster flesh can dissolve a handful of spam in about five seconds? I sure didn't. I'm just glad that someone finally found something interesting to do with spam. Actually, it isn't all that interesting. Nevermind.
13. Steve and the doctor are returning on their boat to find Julie, and they have to stop because the propeller on the boat is all tangled up with seaweed. Steve has to dive in to clear it all away with a knife. I have two problems with this. Number one, the propeller is fouled with seaweed, but when Steve dives in to clear it, there's no other seaweed around at all. So where'd the seaweed come from? Number two, there wasn't much point to that scene. The whole point of the scene seemed to be to make the movie about one minute longer.
14. Ok so we finally get a good look at the creature. This thing is a cool looking kind of octopus thingie with one really big eye. Steve manages to ram his sub right into the thing's eye and kill it. Now come on, I know it's low budget, but the ending fight with the creature should have been more involved than that. That was just pathetic.

 


 


Best Quote

Julie: "Do you like it?"
Mexican Boy: "Si. My father, he was an artist too."
Julie: "Really? What kind of work does he do now?"
Mexican Boy: "He don't do nothing. He is dead."

 

- Julie talking to a little Mexican boy as they sit on the beach and she is sketching the sea at the beginning of the movie. - (Reviewer's Note: Open mouth, insert foot.)




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The Conclusion

This movie was produced by Roger Corman. As with many of Corman's movies, it tends just just kind of roll along at a slow, plodding pace, eventually getting to the final conclusion. The story itself is ok, but the execution was poor.

I found it hard to actually care about anyone in this movie, except maybe Julie. I've seen other viewer's comments about this film, and they were less than flattering. One person said that the only interesting character in this film was the monster, and that you'd be happy to see everyone else get killed because they were all so annoying. Now I don't know if annoying is the right word. I think boring might be a more appropriate description.

Even though this film is only 64 minutes long, it feels like a good hour and a half or more just because of the horrible dialogue and the even worse acting by some of the characters. Pablo is an interesting character, but the slipping, sliding accent and the shallowness of his character as it was written left you hoping for more depth that just never came out. This was not one of Corman's better films, although it wasn't incredibly bad either, and I can't really put my finger on why, but on some level, I actually semi-liked this film...but only semi.

B-Movie Central's Rating: 1½ Bees

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