In this holiday feature, we will showcase the best monster movies ever made during each day of the month, leading up to Halloween.
IT CAM FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955)
While on a routine mission, Cmdr. Pete Mathews (Kenneth Tobey) runs into trouble when his submarine is nearly sunk by an unknown creature. Back at base in Pearl Harbor, Dr. John Carter (Donald Curtis) and Professor Lesley Joyce (Faith Domergue) identify the beast as a giant octopus from the nether reaches of Mindanao Deep, which has been awakened by nearby nuclear testing. Radioactive and monstrously huge, the rampaging leviathan is heading toward the North American Pacific Coast.
Another fine example of a classic monster movie from the atomic age. Due to the success of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms from two years earlier, producer Charles Schneer went after and hired special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen to handle the stop motion animation effects for the creature. This film went on to become another gem in Harryhausen’s legendary film career.
The cast is great for a B-picture. Columbia hired the fine Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, and Donald Curtis for the main cast.