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IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA

Director Robert Gordon
Year 1955
Starring Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis
Run Time 79min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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The “Creature Features” of the 50s featured a mess of similar uninspired product. Some are still a lot of fun to go back and revisit. Some are actually really great. And some are IT

The late special effects god Ray Harryhausen used his craft to make sure IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA did not just floundered away into the abyss of forgettable 50s horror. The budget was low and the story was contrived, but it’s the execution, especially from Harryhausen, that sets IT apart.

Harryhausen’s stop motion animation births a genuinely terrifying giant Octopus that tries to take down no less than Golden Gate Bridge.

He made have made more technically impressive achievement with CLASH OF THE TITANS, THE SEVEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD and EARTH VS. FLYING SAUCERS, but it’s the combination of his expertise housed in an unabashed B movie premise that makes this film work in original and entertaining ways. Don’t miss IT!!  (R.J. LaForce)

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