Creature from the Haunted Sea

April 19, 2016 at 1:52 am (5 Heads, Creature from the Haunted Sea) (, , , , , , , )

Creature from the Haunted Sea – 1961 – United States

During the Cuban Revolution, an American mobster smuggles Cuban nationalists out of Cuba. He is paid a share of the Cuban treasury, but decides to kill the nationalists and take all the money. He commits the murders at sea, blaming them on a sea monster without realizing that a real sea monster is lurking about. Meanwhile, a bumbling American C.I.A. agent spies on the mobster while trying pathetically to seduce the mobster’s wife.

Creature from the Haunted Sea was produced and directed by Roger Corman. The film uses the same script as Naked Paradise (1957) and Beast from the Haunted Cave (1959), but as a comedy this time. The jokes are dumb but delightfully weird. In the film’s first shot, the American spy gets a shoeshine while wearing old sneakers. Later, he uses a radio transmitter concealed in a hotdog while pretending to eat lunch. Another character is a man who communicates by making animal sounds. There is also a kindhearted prostitute that no one realizes is a prostitute. Then there are lines like, “It was dusk. I could tell because the sun was going down.” Also, the monster is amusingly lame.

Creature from the Haunted Sea is one of Corman’s cheaper efforts. It was shot in Puerto Rico immediately following the Last Woman on Earth (1960) with the same cast and crew. It feels pretty slapdash. Through most of the film, the characters sit aboard a cramped yacht and badger each other with weird dialogue. For example, a woman insults some men by saying, “They look like bottom row prizes at a shooting gallery.” I do not know if this is funny.

Rating: 5/10 Shrunken Heads. Here is Creature from the Haunted Sea’s best joke. While wandering on a deserted island, a man finds a pay phone. He starts to make a call when a strange dude appears and waits impatiently for his turn.

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