Up from the Depths (1979) Charles B. Griffith

Up from the Depths (1979)
Genre: Comedy | Horror | Jaws Rip-off
Country: USA | Director: Charles B. Griffith
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 85mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 853x480 - 23.976fps - 1.82gb

A seaside community is besieged by a giant shark like creature that threatens the local serenity. Greedy resort proprietor (Wolfe) sees a marketing opportunity and invites all and sundry to hunt down the perpetrator for a booty in cash and hotel discounts. Sounds reasonable. When you see the concoction, you'll understand why that shouldn't be too much of a problem. But then, there are as yet undiscovered marine life living in deep sea trenches that could conceivably resemble the giant, dual-dorsal finned groper with dentures. Kudos to director Griffith for envisaging such a beast so we can marvel at nature's oddities.

"Up From the Depths" is a fast paced, amusing experiment which has attracted minor cult status for its sheer absurdity. The acting, in particular, is atrocious and not all of it is ham flavoured, so there's some excruciating performances to endure. Director Griffith, who hails from the Roger Corman inspired school of movie making seems to have attempted a cheerful homage to those early, inexpensive AIP monster movies, and there's certainly a camp quality to the dialogue and acting (the scene in which the samurai tries to alight from the beach in his canoe is hilarious in context).

Dubious voice-over looping is badly out of sync with the actors' speech, while the shark is one of the more intrepid creations of a sea monster, but still has enough mobility (combined with the right camera angles and additional footage) to give the attack scenes some plausibility, if only for a moment. An occasional severed head falling to the sea floor post attack tells us that at least some of the meagre budget was dedicated to make-up effects, perhaps so much that the makers couldn't blow up the shark itself – its fate is implied with a loud explosion, although there's no visible evidence (save for everyone waving their arms in jubilation).
 Up from the Depths (1979)

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7 Response to "Up from the Depths (1979) Charles B. Griffith"

  1. MHH says:

    Hi, can you find these two westerns?

    The Crimson Night of the Hawk (La ciudad maldita)
    Directed by Juan Bosch
    IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077338/

    The Christmas Kid (Joe Navidad)
    Directed by Sidney W. Pink
    IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061844/

    Couldn't find "Bad Blood" (1981), no?

    NLZ says:

    Sorry, can't find The Crimson Night of the Hawk.

    About Bad Blood, I tried to get a better rip than the one I just posted but with no success.

    Bad Blood rip is fine. I did have to re-encode it with AVI reComp 1.5.6 in order to get rid of the embedded black bar borders, though...


    I also recommend DivFix++ in order to fix broken AVI files that won't play properly in VLC

    NLZ says:

    Thanks for the info!

    Thing is just drag & drop your broken AVI into DivFix++ and then hit the fix button. It's quite easy to use. Then I re-encoded it with AVI ReComp and did away with the black borders using it's cropping tool. In this particular case, it was a good idea to add say 200mb to the original file size in order to keep picture quality loss to a minimum during the re-encode.

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