The City Under the Sea (1965 film)

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War Gods of the Deep, AKA The City Under the Sea and City in the Sea (1965 film)

Summary

British rescuers try to free a kidnapped young woman from the Atlantean ocean-floor complex of a mad captain and his gill-man henchmen. Based (very loosely) on the Edgar Allan Poe poem, with elements of Jules Verne and H.P. Lovecraft mixed in.

Details

  • Release Date: 1965
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Fantasy
  • Setting: somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean (near England?), Gaslight era
  • Runtime: 1 hr 24 min
  • Starring: Vincent Price, Tab Hunter, Susan Hart
  • Director: Jacques Tourneur
  • Writer: Charles Bennett, Edgar Allan Poe (original poem)
  • Producer/Production Co: Daniel Haller, Bruton Film Productions, MGM Studios
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (none) (perhaps equivalent of a "G" or "PG" for mild off-screen violence?)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)


Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (link) - "The adventure itself is a hollow affair. The film has some amazing sets... Everything predictably goes up in a spectacular mass destruction climax. However, the action in between is flat – it never mounts to the grandly-scaled action adventure it seems to want to be."
  • Scott Ashlin at 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting, (link) - "In its defense, War-Gods of the Deep is not a movie about which I can unequivocally say, 'don't watch it,' but I'm sure as hell not going to give it any kind of a recommendation!"

Synopsis

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British rescuers try to free a kidnapped young woman from the Atlantean ocean-floor complex of a mad captain and his gill-man henchmen.


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