One of the all time greats!!!
Johny Bottom | Jacksonville, NC | 05/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie has it all! Sexy women, violence, secret agents, lost treasure, and a monster. What more could any viewer want? Or deserve?
The narrater of the film is also the secret agent of the movie. You think James Bond had cool stuff? Well this dude doesn't need Q. He makes his own stuff. He has a radio made of frankfurters and pickles! His insight is deeper than the sea itself. "The sun was beginning to set. I could tell because it was getting dark". That's observationm at it's finest. I'm glad he's on our side!
OK the movie is about escaping Cuba with a strongbox full of gold from the Cuban treasury. The crooks are trying to double-cross the Cubans as they escape. They try to scare the Cubans with stories of a monster, but there is a real monster!!!
The characters in this movie are entertaining and draw you in like a fish on the line. The head crook thinks he is Humprhey Bogart filming a remake of Key Largo. His main squeeze is a stacked blonde with enough sass for five golddiggers. There is another dude who communicates in animal sounds only, and another henchman talks somewhere between Popeye and Froggy from 'Our Gang'.
Now for the monster. He is an indescribable horror! Large bulging eyes (that resemble ping pong balls), giant claws for hands (Which resemble yard rakes from Sears Robuck), a huge mouth full of razor sharp teeth (the mouth cannot move or close), and a huge shaggy body (which resembles a cross between a fur coat and a guile suit worn by a US Marine Corps sniper). Simply horrifying.
This movie must be watched at least 10 times to fully appreciate it. You will see something different every time."
Corman Cranks 'Em Out!
Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein | under the rubble | 10/03/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"CREATURE FROM HAUNTED SEA isn't so bad when you consider that Roger Corman made it along with two other movies (The Last Woman On Earth, and Battle Of Blood Island) almost simultaneously in Puerta Rico! The casts are interchanchable. The storylines of the three couldn't be any more different from each other! CFHS is a silly, semi-interesting spy / monster flick with what resembles a pop-eyed, rubber-gloved christmas tree as the monster! Need I say more? I like it enough to watch it every once in a while. Check it out..."
Zany Corman quickie
B. W. Fairbanks | Lakewood, OH United States | 02/14/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This zany little Roger Corman quickie turned up frequently on a local TV station's late, late, late show many years ago. Thinking "Creature from the Haunted Sea" was just another lousy low grade horror flick, I barely noticed it even as it flickered on the TV screen that I used, more often than not, as a night light. But I did catch a scene in which a couple of skin-divers descended into the sea, and when I saw that one of them carried a toilet plunger, I silently mused a thoughtful "Hmm," and made a mental note to pay attention the next time it aired."Creature from the Haunted Sea" is a satire of adventure films as delightfully daffy as Corman's "Little Shop of Horrors," but with a more subtle approach. It's not a knee-slapper, but it is amusing, and well cast. There's Anthony Carbone doing a fiendishly silly homage to Humphrey Bogart, and future screenwriter Robert Towne as the earnest young hero. You even get a title song, a love theme containing the complete title, sung by the leading lady, Betsy Jones Moreland. This is a movie that is probably best seen unexpectedly in the wee hours of an uneventful night. By morning, you may think it was just a silly dream."
"Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961) ... Roger Corman ... L
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 12/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Legend Films presents "CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA" (June 1961) (63 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- If you like campy B-rated movies this one does not disappoint --- It is filled with many "what the ...." moments that keep you entertained in this otherwise slow flick including a musical interlude, a convenient pay phone, and tourist savvy natives --- Not to mention Sigmund the sea monster's older "green trash" cousin and the most lethal toilet plunger in history --- All in all one of the best campy films I have yet found - recommend with lots of friends and beverages
Under the production staff of:
Roger Corman - Director / Producer
Monte Hellman - Director
Susan Olney - Producer
Barry Sandrew - Producer
Charles B. Griffith - Screenwriter
Jacques Marquette - Cinematographer
Fred Katz - Composer (Music Score)
Angela Scellars - Editor
Jane Huizenga - Production Designer
David D. Martin - Technical Director
Story line and plot, is a monster movie concerning a Government Agent (Robert Towne) is chasing gangster Renzo Capeto (Anthony Carbone),a mobster likeness to Bogart who along with his fiancée (Betsy Jones Moreland) and underlings are aboard ship with a group of exiled Cubans --- Renzo schemes a plot to invent a mythical sea monster to eliminate the Cubans and steal the national treasure --- The film is a horror comedy blending parody, humor and suspense.The comedy has some moments here and there --- Clearly this film was never meant to be taken as seriously as some seem to take it --- The biggest flaw with it however is it's too slow-moving...it takes forever before we get any kind of resolution --- The highly entertaining rampage of the Monster at the end does make up for somewhat for the slow opening half --- But once again I recommend this only for Corman staunchest fans.
the cast includes:
Antony Carbone ... Renzo Capetto
Betsy Jones-Moreland ... Mary-Belle Monahan
Robert Towne ... Sparks Moran / Agent XK150 / Narrator (as Edward Wain)
Beach Dickerson ... Petet Peterson Jr.
Robert Bean ... Happy Jack Monahan (Mary-Belle's brother)
Sonia Noemí González ... Mango Perez
Edmundo Rivera Álvarez ... Gen. Tostada
1. Roger Corman (Director)
Date of Birth: 5 April 1926 - Detroit, Michigan
Date of Death: Still Living
1. Legend Films Trailers
The complete print was restored and colorized by Legend Films, using the latest technology --- Although the Legend Films release was advertised under its reissue title, both the color and black and white prints featured the original title and opening credits --- Legend Films can restore, colorize and release many of the classic earliest black and white films --- a patented coloring and remastering process makes each film picture perfect plus more vivd than ever --- no one can resist collecting every title that Legend Films releases.
Hats off and thanks to Barry B. Sandrew Ph.D. (Founder, COO & CTO) and his Legend Films Staff --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage era of the '20s, '30s & '40s --- order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Legend Films where they are experts in releasing long forgotten films and treasures to the collector.
Total Time: 63 mins on DVD ~ Legend Films. ~ (10/21/2008)"