Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956)

After cooking out for Memorial Day and hoping that the kids would finally go to their rooms, I grabbed a disk from my Horror Classics Collection to pass some time. My choise for the evening was Phantom From 10,000 Leagues from 1956. After all, how much worse than Supercroc could it get!

Plot/ An unusual radioactive rock on the sea bottom mutates the ocean life into a horrible monster. When charred, radioactive bodies begin to drift ashore a scientist and government agent investigate the phenomenon, and it's connection to a local marine biology professor.

While far from perfect, this movie is good, laughable fun. Yes, the monster (or phantom) is about the cheesiest creature I have seen, but to be honest, it isn’t that far off from the laughable CGI creations of the SyFy channel of recent memory. Lets be real, there is nothing terrible about the film (other than the look of the creature) but there is also nothing to set it apart either. It is truly a standard “B” movie creature feature that became the norm. The plot was predicated on the Cold War fears of society at the time and the fact that the Soviet Government was trying to uncover all of the scientific secrets that were out there. The acting, along with the script was rather dry and in the end, the lone rowboat definitely got a workout. Like I said, not terrible, not great, just a laughable 80 minutes inside the creature feature genre.

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