Friday, October 30, 2015
Monster from the Ocean Floor (1954)
IMDb plot summary: 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.
Directed by Wyott Ordung. Starring Anne Kimball, Stuart Wade, Dick Pinner, and Jonathan Haze.
Got a chance to watch this weird little B-movie, and it's definitely cheesy. It's also got plenty of 1950s sexism. Despite the fact that the female lead is going out of her way to hunt down this monster on her own and being generally awesome, the amount of times people tell her to essentially not worry her pretty little head about it was frustrating to me, even though there was a quasi-apology for it at the end.
The story itself is coherent, if not compelling, and I have to say that the appearance of the monster was not nearly as goofy as I thought it would be in a movie like this. By blurring the monster underwater and focusing solely on the glowing eye, it actually achieves a pretty ominous feel, even if the final rescue scene doesn't really work.
Overall, not a terrible movie for what it is, though certainly not great cinema or anything I'd watch again.
How it entered my Flickchart:
Monster from the Ocean Floor < The Fortune Cookie
Monster from the Ocean Floor > Redline
Monster from the Ocean Floor < Mystic Pizza
Monster from the Ocean Floor < Paint Your Wagon
Monster from the Ocean Floor < In the Company of Men
Monster from the Ocean Floor < The Rescuers
Monster from the Ocean Floor > The Professional
Monster from the Ocean Floor > Top Gun
Monster from the Ocean Floor < Sahara
Monster from the Ocean Floor < Howl's Moving Castle
Monster from the Ocean Floor < The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Monster from the Ocean Floor > The Watcher in the Woods
Final spot: #1758 out of 2383.