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Shameless Jaws ripoff. Some gratuitous sleaze might have saved this but with no skin and no gore the film only consists of clueless tourists getting pulled underwater while a handful of slightly less clueless "characters" try to figure out what's going on.
At a certain point in the movie it becomes a spoof... you'd just never know it cause it isn't at all funny. Took me a few minutes of failed sight gags to realize it myself. Oh, and the film prior to the switchover is duller than dirt.
There's not enough topless women and inexplicable explosions (Corman staples) to save this. By my count there's one topless woman and two inexplicable explosions in the one hour twenty-five minute runtime. Yeah. So... not nearly enough.
Out of all the Corman Cult classics that I have taken in thus far, this one was the least impressive, as it feels a lot like Piranha without any skin, which means there's very little 'plot' to keep your attention.
Rental at best, unless you're just building a Corman collection.
Low budget shark attack movie and many that were made during the 70s for drive in markets (And to get in on the Animal craze that jaws created) and here for Japanese markets VHS, Laserdisk, Underground screenings.
Not as bad as what i have been told but still not far from terrible. One of the better movies that don't use shark stock footage instead some nice to poorly done effects with rubber fins.
Bad acting of course and direction nothing but gore and nudity that Corman wants.
This was a pretty bad b-movie from the Roger Corman catalogue.
There isn't anything to say in a good way other than there is some decent nudity, it went by pretty quickly and the second half of the movie becomes more of a goofy comedy.
The fish constantly changes size which kept me laughing, one minute it's huge, the next it's not much bigger than a salmon.
Also an uncredited appearance from R. Lee Ermey as one of the people who wants to kill the fish but he burns his boat down.
Roger Corman made in the Phillipines Jaws rip-off is ridiculously cheap. The monster fish is barely visible and the dialogue is mostly dubbed. Fun to watch for a bad movie night.
With his "Jaws" rip-off "Piranha" being a surprise hit at the box office and no doubt being drunk off that success, producer Roger Corman decided to bank (with no on screen credit) another "Jaws" inspired water logged thriller for his Filipino partner-in-crime Cirio H. Santiago with "Up From the Depths". Unlike "Piranha", "Depths" doesn't have the luxury of having a talented up-and-coming director in the form of Joe Dante behind the camera resulting in an extremely poor man-eating fish picture that, unlike its predecessor, will NOT be remade anytime soon (unless of course you count the similar themed "Demon of Paradise" in 1987).
A sunny vacation spot in Hawaii (see Philippines substituting for Hawaii) comes under attack by a deep water man eating fish when currents shift bringing up deep water fish to the surface. Now it's up to swindler Sam Bottoms (what the hell is he doing in swill like this?) and his girlfriend to stop the man-eater before it makes the tide crimson with the blood of tourists, shutting down the local resort.
Cirio opts to only serve as producer for this log of brown trout and leaves the directing talents up to frequent Corman collaborator Charles B. Griffith who seems deeply confused on what manner to treat the material. In trying to mimic Joe Dante he tries to add some sly sardonic humor to the film no doubt knowing the plot is B movie drivel but like many others that try to mimic the great Dante inferno he fails miserably. Rarely, I do many VERY rarely the humor works (I do admit having Sam Bottoms screen credit appear over some jiggling hula girls butts was great). The humor just comes out very awkward. Take the resort manager for example... what the fuck is up with this guy? One of his employees comes in depressed one day and he has to gall to ask if she's pregnant. Funny? Maybe unintentionally but it mostly comes out just plain awkward.
Like "Jaws" the resort decides to give a $1000 reward to anyone who slays the beast. This damn shark ends up killing dozens of people. Who the hell is willing to die over a measly $1000? Oh and the beast is seemingly indestructible and has more lives than a god damn terminator.
The monster fish itself is a sight to behold for unintentional laughter. It's just a big slow moving brown piece of fiberglass. Yes it literally looks like a turd. I understand the effects team didn't have much to work with but these effects are just horrendous.
"Up From the Depths" is a FAR cry from the B-movie goodness that was "Piranha" but it will be special interest for fans of trash cinema from the 70s. It's got a big, shitty looking killer fish eating up dumb vacationers hungry for a buck. It fails at mixing sardonic humor with B-movie thrills but still hold enough entertainment value for the curious movie connoisseurs of obscure monster films. Released on DVD in a double feature with "Demon of Paradise".
At least Up From the Depths doesn't take itself too seriously (I liked Sam Bottoms name in the opening credit hula dancer's shaking behinds). I also love how people run like crazy on shore to get away from the giant killer fish (which is cheaper looking that the shark in Jaws:The Revenge)..fish can't walk..fish can't run LMMFAO