The City Under the Sea (1965 film)
War Gods of the Deep, AKA The City Under the Sea and City in the Sea (1965 film)
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.
- 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)
- Rated: (none) (perhaps equivalent of a "G" or "PG" for mild off-screen violence?)
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.
- 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!"
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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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