Monster from the Ocean Floor

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Monster from the Ocean Floor
Monster from the Ocean Floor FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Wyott Ordung
Produced by Roger Corman
Written by Bill Danch
Starring Anne Kimbell
Stuart Wade
Roger Corman
Music by Andre Brummer
Cinematography Floyd Crosby
Edited by Edward Sampson
Distributed by Lippert Pictures
Release dates
21 May 1954
Running time
64 minutes
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $30,000[1]
Box office $850,000[2][3]

Monster from the Ocean Floor is a 1954 science fiction film about a sea monster that terrorizes a cove in Mexico. The film was directed by Wyott Ordung and starred Anne Kimbell and Stuart Wade.

It was the first film produced by Roger Corman (although he had previously written Highway Dragnet).


Julie Blair (Kimbell) is an American vacationing at a sea-side village in Mexico. She hears stories about a man-eating creature dwelling in the cove. She meets Dr. Baldwin (Dick Pinner), a marine biologist, and they fall for one another. The mysterious death of a diver interests Julie in investigating, but Baldwin is very skeptical. She sees a giant amoeba rising from the ocean.



The film was made for $12,000 over six days.[4] According to Roger Corman, $4,000 of the film's budget came from Ordung, $3,500 from Corman (from the sale of the Highway Dragnet story to Allied Artists), $5,000 in deferment from Consolidated Labs, and money raised privately by selling $500 and $1,000 shares.[2]

Wyott Ordong later claimed he hocked his life insurance and sold his apartment to raise $15,000 to pay for the movie.[3]


The film was sold to Lippert Pictures for $110,000. Corman received a $60,000 advance for this which enabled him to make his next film.[4]


  1. ^ Alan Frank, The Films of Alan Frank: Shooting My Way Out of Trouble, Bath Press, 1998 p 15
  2. ^ a b Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p15-20
  3. ^ a b Mark Thomas McGee, Talk's Cheap, Action's Expensive: The Films of Robert L. Lippert, Bear Manor Media, 2014 p 156-159
  4. ^ a b Beverly Gray, Roger Corman: Blood Sucking Vampires, Flesh Eating Cockroaches and Driller Killers, AZ Ferris 2014 p 30-31

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