Destination Inner Space

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Destination Inner Space
Directed by Francis D. Lyon
Written by Arthur C. Pierce
Starring Scott Brady
Gary Merrill
Sheree North
Wende Wagner
Release dates
  • May 1966 (1966-05)
Running time 83 minutes
Language English

Destination Inner Space is a 1966 color science fiction film starring Scott Brady, Gary Merrill, Sheree North, and Wende Wagner, along with Mike Road, John Howard, William Thourbly, and Biff Elliot.

Plot[edit]

The story centers on a group of researchers working in an underwater laboratory. After an encounter with an Unidentified Submerged Object (US0—an undersea flying saucer), the base is attacked by a monster that may be the vanguard for invading aliens. The researchers and the base's military staff must deal with the creature and destroy the USO.

Cast[edit]

Destination Inner Space is notable for being Sheree North's comeback film. North, who had been working in TV, hadn't appeared in a motion picture since Mardi Gras (film) (1958).

Many of the rest of the cast are known to SF/F/H fandom from other fantasy and science-fiction movies and TV shows. Road is famous for his work in Hanna-Barbera cartoons, where he voiced numerous characters including government agent/bodyguard Roger "Race" Bannon on Jonny Quest. Wagner played Brit Reid's secretary, Lenore "Casey" Case, in The Green Hornet TV series co-starring Bruce Lee. Brady appeared in Gremlins and Journey to the Center of Time, among other genre flicks. Merrill appeared in the Ray Harryhausen film The Mysterious Island and The Power, by George Pal.

Production[edit]

The plot resembles a submerged version of Howard Hawks' The Thing from Another World, though the production values, budget, and direction by Francis D. Lyon do not come up to the quality of Hawks' film.

Release[edit]

Barely released to theaters in 1966, the film is largely unknown outside of horror and science-fiction fandom.

Home media[edit]

It was released on DVD in 2011 by Cheezy Flicks. Destination Inner Space was a staple of late-night broadcast television in the 1970s and early 1980s. As of spring of 2012, there are no plans for high-end or enhanced DVD releases of the film.

Reception[edit]

The film is famous among horror and science-fiction buffs for its aquatic monster, which looks like a cross between a piranha and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. It is also infamous for its low-budget production values, including unconvincing miniatures and sets. Despite these drawbacks, the film does contain some scares and remains a cult favorite with monster fans.