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Saturday, February 23, 2013

War-Gods Of The Deep (1965)

Starring Vincent Price, David Tomlinson, Tab Hunter, Susan Hart, John Le Mesurier
Directed by Jacques Tourneur
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

After a young lady is kidnapped, a mining engineer trails her captors through a secret passage that leads to an underwater city, ruled over by the sinister leader of a gang of smugglers.

This film has a great premise, decent production values, and the star power of Vincent Price behind it, but unfortunately falls far short of what it could have been.  Despite some intriguing science fiction elements, including amphibian men and and the city's capacity for retarding the aging process, the film instead focuses on its heroes trying to escape the smugglers, and comic relief scenes with Tomlinson as an artist continually lugging around his pet chicken.  This is not Tab Hunter's finest hour, who seems ill-at-ease and could have used much more dialogue with Price.  And a climactic chase sequence along the ocean floor is ruined by placing all the participants in identical diving suits, making it impossible to tell who's who.

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