The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues

December 22, 2015 at 2:37 am (7 Heads, Phantom from 10,000 Leagues) (, , )

The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues – 1955 – United States

When irradiated corpses begin washing up on the beach, a scientist and a government agent team up to investigate. They discover a submerged deposit of uranium ore, and a killer fish-man. However, all is not what it seems. A local scientist conducts illicit underwater experiments. His data is stolen by another scientist, who sells it to foreign spies. Is this the shady underbelly of scientific research?

The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues is advertised as a monster movie, but its monster is barely relevant to the story. Instead, the plot focuses on mystery, espionage, and romance as various shifty characters commit murder, spy on each other, and fall in love. Ultimately, Phantom from 10,000 Leagues is a parable about unfettered scientific ambition. When a scientist’s underwater radioactive experiment inadvertently kills some scuba divers, another scientist remarks, “In science, we look for one thing and find another. We split an atom and the hydrogen bomb is evolved.” Later, the same experiment obliterates a boat full of people, and the guilty scientist blows himself up trying to destroy what he created.

This drama makes Phantom from 10,000 Leagues more interesting than the monster movie it could have been. This is good. The fish-man looks silly, and watching him maul scuba divers is boring.

Rating: 7/10 Shrunken Heads. 1 league equals 3 miles. If the phantom is from 30,000 miles away, where exactly did he originate?


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