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Saturday, September 24, 2005

BEHEMOTH THE SEA-MONSTER

More twisted sunday afternoon viewing from my childhood. This time, a nice little Late-50's Sea-Monster flick that was, surprisingly, made in the UK:



Low-budget, but some cool animation in this film, not by Ray Harryhausen, but by his mentor Willis "King Kong" O'Brien . The only other piece of sub-surface trivia is that the generic "scientist" role is played by Leonard Sachs who also appeared in the undersea Bond adventure "Thunderball" and is the, er, father of Peter Sachs who turned up in "Megalodon", a recent sharkspoitation film, where an ill-fated oil-drilling operation inadvertantly rouses a 90ft prehistoric monster-shark. And don't get "Megalodon" confused with "Shark Attack 3: Megalodon" because they're, like, totally different films with completely different plots and everything, okay?



See? Told ya...



Boy, Tenuous Link City...

CHIEF SHARKEY!

Yay! Least we forget...



...and I always thought that Kowalski was the coolest supporting character ever.

Almost impossible to explain or over-exagerate the effect that TV programs like "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" had on me as a child growing up in the Sixties. There's no doubt that c-list sci-fi couch-fodder like this seriously expanded and warped my pre-pubescent imagination.

Hard to imagine now that stuff like this went out on Westward TV at 3pm on a sunday afternoon in the autumn/winter months (often followed by something cool like "Gorgo" or "Forbidden Planet" or a Harryhausen flick). "VTTBOTS" was mental stuff, featuring not only the obligatory Giant Octopus story, but also episodes where the sub's crew discovered a city under the sea, a lost island populated by dinosaurs, aliens that were stranded on earth, mad scientists, crab monsters, humanoid amphibians...but then the series gets really strange with rampaging yetis, UFOs, time-travel stories and that incredible episode where the crew of The Seaview are progressively replaced by human-sized puppets that look like them. And did I imagine it or was there another one where a werewolf got loose on the submarine?

And all thru this surreal tea-time TV nonsense, Richard Baseheart and David Hedison bring a reassuring sense of gravitas to their roles. Ah, but Chief Sharkey...

"Aye, aye, Cap'n! I'll ready the flying-sub..."

DIVE! DIVE! DIVE!

Don't worry, I'll soon get bored with all this sub-aquatic nonsense, but, for now, I see no reason to stop...



Meanwhile, Dom's getting into the spirit of things too, with a flurry of nautical-themed posts involving divers, octopi and Wonder Woman's wet-suit.

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