The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent

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The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent
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Directed byRoger Corman
Produced byRoger Corman (executive)
James H. Nicholson
Samuel Z. Arkoff
Written byLawrence L. Goldman
Story byIrving Block
StarringAbby Dalton
Susan Cabot
Music byAlbert Glasser
CinematographyMonroe P. Askins
Edited byRonald Sinclair
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release date
  • April 1958 (1958-04)
[1][2]
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$65,000 (estimated)

The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (also known as The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent)[3] is a 1958 film directed by Roger Corman. It starred Abby Dalton, Susan Cabot and June Kenney.[4]

Plot[edit]

Some Viking women go to sea, looking for their missing men, and encounter a giant dragon-like sea serpent.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Corman was inspired to make the film after being impressed by a presentation from special effects experts Irving Block and Jack Rabin. He later felt the budget was inadequate to execute what they wanted and said the film taught him an important lesson about not making big scale movies on a low budget.[5] On the first day of filming, the actress Corman had cast in the lead, Kipp Hamilton, held out for more money, so he fired her and promoted second lead Abby Dalton instead.[5]

Release[edit]

The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent was released in theaters on April 10, 1958 by American International Pictures as a double feature with The Astounding She-Monster.[6]

The film was released on DVD by Lionsgate Home Entertainment on April 18, 2006, as part of a two-disc set, with Teenage Caveman as the first disc.[7]

Reception[edit]

Dan Lester of Electric Sheep magazine wrote in his review: "This is a cheap looking film even by Roger Corman's standards. There is only one proper set, the Grimalts dining hall (probably left over from another film), with most of the action taking place in featureless outdoor such as woods and beaches".[8]

TV Guide called it "one of the strangest films to emerge from the fertile imagination of Roger Corman".[9]

In popular culture[edit]

The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent was later featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warren, Bill (1986). "Keep Watching The Skies Volume 2". McFarland & Co., Inc. ISBN 0-89950-170-2. Page 731
  2. ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/88877/The-Saga-of-the-Viking-Women-and-Their-Voyage-to-the-Waters-of-the-Great-Sea-Serpent/
  3. ^ Harty 2006, p. 272.
  4. ^ "The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  5. ^ a b McGee 1995, pp. 127–129.
  6. ^ Warren, Bill (1986). "Keep Watching The Skies Volume 2". McFarland & Co., Inc. ISBN 0-89950-170-2. Page 731
  7. ^ "Viking Women and the Sea Serpent/Teenage Caveman (Double Feature)". Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Santa Monica, California: Lionsgate. April 18, 2006. ASIN B000EHSVJ6. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Lester, Dan (April 30, 2014). "The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent". Electric Sheep. London: Electric Sheep LLC. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  9. ^ "The Saga Of The Viking Women And Their Voyage To The Waters Of The Great Sea Serpent". TV Guide. New York City: NTVB Media (magazine) CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation)
    (digital assets). Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  10. ^ Roberts 2010, p. 304.
  11. ^ Warren, Bill (1986). "Keep Watching The Skies Volume 2". McFarland & Co., Inc. ISBN 0-89950-170-2. Page 731

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