Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)

Directed by:
Roger Corman

Ever heard of Roger Corman's 1957 effort NAKED PARADISE? Well he remade the same story twice, once as CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE and once as this. Yes it's cheap, yes it's silly as all hell, yes it might have the worst monster costume of all time, yes it frequently pops up on "worst of all time" lists, but this delirious high camp offering puts most other horror comedies to shame thanks mainly to a hilariously off-kilter script by Charles B. Griffith. So yes, against my better judgment I ended up liking this one quite a bit. Not quite up to the standard set down by the teams LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, but it'll do. More review coming soon.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

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