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The Incredible Petrified World (1958)

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A diving team exploring the ocean's floor is trapped underwater after a series of volcanic eruptions in this sci-fi film starring John Carradine.

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Cast

John Carradine
as Dr. Wyman
Robert Clarke
as Craig Randall
Phyllis Coates
as Dale Marshall
Allen Windsor
as Paul Whitmore
Sheila Noonan
as Lauri Talbot
George Skaff
as Matheny
Joe Maierhouser
as Jim Wyman
Harry Raven
as Captain
Lloyd Nelson
as Radioman
Jack Haffner
as Reporter
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THE OFFICIAL BETTER THAN JUNO SEAL* Okay, this film is in no way, shape or form a underwater adventure film. Sorry, missing a key word: underwater EXCITING adventure film. The Incredible Petrified World is just plain boring, incomprehensible and downright laughable. It has garnered a cult following for it's sheer stupidity and I understand. For a moment, I had thought Ed Wood had helm this destructive film. Then, I realized that it wasn't him... but Jerry Warren, one of the leading men of creating bad films. He only never got that famous because Ed Wood had stolen much of the spotlight. The Incredible Petrified World is about 4 scientists who go on an underwater trip, but things go horribly wrong and their ship crashes at the bottom of the ocean. They then escape to a cave...Then, the find a homeless man... Then... that's it. Literally, that's the entire film is just that. I found myself on the brink of sleep and the final act (where all the bad stuff happens) literally made me begin laughing uncontrollably. The film fails on all aspects. Even for a film made in the 50s, it's special effects look very worn, especially considering The Day the Earth Stood Still came out a few years prior to this. And even ignoring the technical limits, the film has some huge lack of logic. They open the submarine at the bottom of an ocean, and water doesn't spill on them? The cavern was being torched by a volcano, yet no lava? Homeless man, yet no understanding of why he's there! This film isn't smart enough to even know when they should explain what's going on! And for the first 10 minutes of the film, we are given no advancement of plot, no character introductions, no understanding of the science, and no fun. The first 10 minutes are just stock footage of an octopuss fighting a shark. Then, they go on to discuss the "fear" that lies within the ocean, though a rough 90% of this film doesn't even take place there. So we're given a stock footage documentary on the ocean... Waiting for something interesting to happen? Don't. You'll just set yourself up. But yet, my biggest complaint of the film is... IT'S BORING! B-O-R-I-N-G! There's practically nothing going on the entire film. It's just 60 minutes of people walking and walking and walking. Nothing more. And when the interesting stuff does happen, not only are you most likely asleep, but you' will just bust out laughing. The ending completely goes to bold place... Places so bold, none should enter. And this film takes it up a notch. Basically, their cavern cracks when the volcano they've been under, erupts... Convenient? Yes. Lame? Yes. Overall, this film should be avoided. End of story. The plot is virtually non existent and when it's there, it's very haphazard. The dialogue is boring and stilted. Oh and there is this random (and I mean random) drama between the two girls on the ship. It's phoned in, and makes no sense why? And this brings me to my favorite character of the film: the homeless guy. I laughed at his demise. That should be enough. Stay away from this film.

RIP Mr. Cutler
RIP Mr. Cutler

*THE OFFICIAL BETTER THAN JUNO SEAL* Okay, this film is in no way, shape or form a underwater adventure film. Sorry, missing a key word: underwater EXCITING adventure film. The Incredible Petrified World is just plain boring, incomprehensible and downright laughable. It has garnered a cult following for it's sheer stupidity and I understand. For a moment, I had thought Ed Wood had helm this destructive film. Then, I realized that it wasn't him... but Jerry Warren, one of the leading men of creating bad films. He only never got that famous because Ed Wood had stolen much of the spotlight. The Incredible Petrified World is about 4 scientists who go on an underwater trip, but things go horribly wrong and their ship crashes at the bottom of the ocean. They then escape to a cave...Then, the find a homeless man... Then... that's it. Literally, that's the entire film is just that. I found myself on the brink of sleep and the final act (where all the bad stuff happens) literally made me begin laughing uncontrollably. The film fails on all aspects. Even for a film made in the 50s, it's special effects look very worn, especially considering The Day the Earth Stood Still came out a few years prior to this. And even ignoring the technical limits, the film has some huge lack of logic. They open the submarine at the bottom of an ocean, and water doesn't spill on them? The cavern was being torched by a volcano, yet no lava? Homeless man, yet no understanding of why he's there! This film isn't smart enough to even know when they should explain what's going on! And for the first 10 minutes of the film, we are given no advancement of plot, no character introductions, no understanding of the science, and no fun. The first 10 minutes are just stock footage of an octopuss fighting a shark. Then, they go on to discuss the "fear" that lies within the ocean, though a rough 90% of this film doesn't even take place there. So we're given a stock footage documentary on the ocean... Waiting for something interesting to happen? Don't. You'll just set yourself up. But yet, my biggest complaint of the film is... IT'S BORING! B-O-R-I-N-G! There's practically nothing going on the entire film. It's just 60 minutes of people walking and walking and walking. Nothing more. And when the interesting stuff does happen, not only are you most likely asleep, but you' will just bust out laughing. The ending completely goes to bold place... Places so bold, none should enter. And this film takes it up a notch. Basically, their cavern cracks when the volcano they've been under, erupts... Convenient? Yes. Lame? Yes. Overall, this film should be avoided. End of story. The plot is virtually non existent and when it's there, it's very haphazard. The dialogue is boring and stilted. Oh and there is this random (and I mean random) drama between the two girls on the ship. It's phoned in, and makes no sense why? And this brings me to my favorite character of the film: the homeless guy. I laughed at his demise. That should be enough. Stay away from this film.

Do you even Jay Cutler?
Do you even Jay Cutler?
½

A film from Director Jerry Warren who had a knack for obtaining Mexican Horror Films and Dubbing them. This one is pretty good. Its about 2 Men and 2 Women who after going down in the ocean in a diving bell discover a underground World. Its pure 1960 drive in Swill. While in the undersea Caves they come across a Cave man looking dude who hasn't seen a women in 8 years and well you know what?s on his mind. In the end all are rescued and they live happily ever after. Its not all that bad, came from a 3 movie pack from Something Weird Video. Its worth a cheap purchase or a Friday Night Stormy rental 2 1/2 stars.

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