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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Deep Sea Danger: Sea Monster Horror Films

The deep sea has often been called the one place on earth we know the littlest about. Whether this is true or not I have no idea but pop culture has been for years milking mans fear of something evil below him in the depths. Take a look at classic fiction such as Moby Dick or 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, both feature a giant creature viciously attacking men. Take it back even further to Greek myths and Poseidon, Davy Jones Locker?
So when film came along it was only natural that it too would jump on the band wagon and produce its own myths about creatures in the sea. These films became as popular as both cult favourites and blockbusters that they launched their own sub-genre. I can’t possibly go through every single one now but I have decided to go through the more intriguing and interesting ones.

Tentacles (1977)

Yet another Italian rip off , this time it’s Jaws (1975) that gets the Italian make over and is replaced with a Giant octopus. Giant Octopuses were by this time nothing new, Ray Harryhausen had already utilised this beasty with It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955).

So after all that it may seem like Tentacles has nothing going for it. However the film is so charming that you cannot help but love it. Groovy seventies and styles just help to add to this films charm. I have a couple of mates who thought Halloween (1978) was dated, man they should watch this. Don’t let this put you off however, Tentacles is a charming little monster movies every sub genre fan should see at least once.

Piranha (1978)

Yes another Jaws rip off. Piranha however is often called the best of these as although it has its tongue firmly in its check (mutant military fish!) it can be at times extremely dark. This isn’t just horny teens getting eaten, oh no this is little kids and you see every gut wrenching detail. Perhaps this is one the reasons that Piranha has been lifted from the murky waters of B-movies status to a much loved cult classic with two remakes and a sequel (more on that next.).

One of the most endearing things about Piranha is something that I think all B-movies have. A sense that this is defiantly a B-movie. The director knew it, the actors knew it, the effects team knew it and so did everybody else who worked on the movie. Piranha is a bona fide classic and one that everybody who saw the recent 3D film should see as well.

Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)

Does Piranha 2 really count? I mean if the fish can fly and thus go on dry land there not really fish there amphibians. However I never said that amphibians weren’t allowed so I’m sure I can make a small exception with this one. Anyway how could I not count a movie with Killer Piranhas in it? Oh yeh and Lance Henrikson as a truly awesome lifeguard.

Like its predecessor piranha 2 is pure cheesy fun with added gore and nudity to sweeten the bad taste you usually get with sequels. Of course it is not as good as the original and a lot of people have put this down to the flying fish. HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE FLYING FISH? Just watch the clip below if you don’t believe me, you’ll be sticking fairy wings on your goldfish in seconds.

Killer Fish (1979)

Now who would have thought it? A rip off of a rip off. Sadly I have never seen Killer Fish so I am unsure of just how much this steals from Piranha but from the trailer it seems like a lot. The story seems knew however infusing popular 70’s crime capers with horror to create something that looks extremely dodgy.

Dodgy can often mean fun and that certainly seems to be the case here. Dams explode, hot chicks swim naked and once again the piranhas strike. One you should see if you get a chance.

Godzilla (1954)

Often hailed as one of the best Monster Movies of all, Godzilla never seemed that great to me. I got all the war messages and enjoyed the deeper meanings of the film but something was always missing for me. However I cannot ignore the fact that its title creature is without doubt one of the most famous sea monsters of all time.

Godzilla would fight another sea creature in the aptly named Godzilla Vs the Sea Monster (1966). This creature was a lot more disappointing in appearance than the big bad king of the Monsters, resembling a lobster.

Jaws (1976)

How can I not mention what is not arguably the greatest sea monster film of all time but one of the greatest films of all time? More adventure than horror really, without Jaws all but one of the films on this page would probably not exist. Jaws inspired not only a million rip-offs but also a million clichés. Fisherman who will catch the monster for you? Check. Holiday makers chased out of the water? Check.

Also one can hardly praise this film without mentioning the awesome soundtrack. Only the other day I saw the trailer for the new meet the Parents film which co-incidentally had a very amusing scene inspired by both the film and du-dum, du-dum soundtrack.

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