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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Creature From The Haunted Sea (1961)

Starring Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Edward Wain, Beach Dickerson, Robert Bean
Directed by Roger Corman
(actor & director credits courtesy

An American gangster aids deposed Cuban authorities in smuggling their treasure out of Cuba in his boat, but schemes to seize the treasure for himself with the help of a sea monster he invents.

This was one of Roger Corman's many quickly filmed movies in the first decade of his career, using similar cast and crew from other films he made in the same location.  The picture follows in the footsteps of The Little Shop Of Horrors, using another comedic script from Charles B. Griffith, adding elements like a bumbling American spy and a crewman who enjoys making animal sound effects to the espionage and horror content.  I didn't find it hilarious, although the monster certainly looks goofy, and Corman and crew manage again to make a picture that holds your interest on what had to have been a shoestring budget.  Wain of course is better known today as Robert Towne, an award winning screenwriter behind hits like Chinatown and Mission: Impossible, but showed himself to be a capable actor in films like this one and Last Woman On Earth, also for Corman.

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