CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA (1961 U.S.) D/P: ROGER CORMAN W: CHARLES B. GRIFFITH
Filmgroup had already shot THE BATTLE OF BLOOD ISLAND and LAST WOMAN ON EARTH in Puerto Rico when Corman decided to squeeze out one more while they were down there. It's far from his best and seems rushed even by Corman standards, but is a must-see comedy for fans. The story had already been filmed as NAKED PARADISE (and more-or-less relocated for Monte Hellman's BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE). It begins with animated credits. Anthony Carbone helps Cuban loyalists (who dance a lot) escape on his boat, along with their national treasure. The refugees need to be eliminated so he can get the goodies, so he invents a story about a sea monster while bumping them off. A highly amusing man-in-a-suit monster with goggle eyes does actually turn up in the fun climax. With Robert Towne, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Corman and a bizarre character who talks only with animal noises. The version you'll see nowadays has some additional Hellman-lensed inserts to bring the running time up for tv sales.

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