Up from the Depths

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Up From the Depths
Up from the Depths Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles B. Griffith
Produced byJack Atienza
Cirio H. Santiago
Written byAnne Dyer
Alfred Sweeney
StarringSam Bottoms
Susanne Reed
Virgil Frye
Kedric Wolfe
Charles Howerton
Music byRussell O'Malley
CinematographyRicardo Remias
Edited byG. V. Bass
Distributed byNew World Pictures
Shout Factory (DVD)
Release date
  • June 29, 1979 (1979-06-29)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Up From the Depths is a 1979 horror film directed by Charles B. Griffith and starring Sam Bottoms, Susanne Reed, Virgil Frye, Kedric Wolfe, and Charles Howerton. The film, along with many other natural horror films at the time of its release, was made due to the success of Jaws.


The staff and vacationers at a first-class resort on the island of Maui are beginning to mysteriously disappear. A biologist believes that an underwater earthquake has caused a giant and very hungry dormant prehistoric fish to be released from its slumber. The fish voraciously helps itself to a tourist buffet. Now it is open season for the local fishermen to find and kill the creature.



Charles B Griffith later called making the film a "terrible experience".

We had it written by one of the typists or secretaries in the office who didn't have any thoughts of becoming a writer. I think Roger did it to punish me, to send me out to The Philippines where I didn't know what I was getting into. I was making an action picture, but The Philippines people were all so depressed, and they had made this goofy-looking fish with bug eyes. I told them that we'll make it a comedy, and their eyes lit up! So I sent back a comedy on one plane, and I arrived on the next one. By the time I arrived, Roger had already cut 75 minutes out. As an editor would say, "That's a set-up, that's a payoff!"[1]


Home media[edit]

Up from the Depths was released on DVD by Shout Factory as a part of its "Roger Corman's Cult Classics" on January 18, 2011. Shout Factory later re-released the film on October 9, 2012.[2]


Kurt Dahlke from DVD Talk gave the film 1.5 out of 5 stars, criticizing the film's corny acting, uneven tone, and obvious rubber monster suit. Dahlke concluded his review by writing, "Up From The Depths isn't remotely scary or thrilling, it lacks sufficient violence or gore to please the punters, and its mid-course switch to comedy isn't all that funny either. We're talking about a real heap of bronze-plated crud, so if your taste runs to Z-movies, you'll still probably have to get real drunk to eke any pleasure out of this one."[3] Charles Tatum from eFilmCritic gave the film 1/5 stars, panning the film's lack of characterizations, and suspense, as well as the film's special effects, and poor dubbing.[4] R.L. Shafer from IGN called the film "severely lacking", and "a low-rent knock-off of Steven Spielberg's smash-hit, Jaws".[5]


  1. ^ Aaron W. Graham, 'Little Shop of Genres: An interview with Charles B. Griffith', Senses of Cinema, 15 April, 2005 accessed 25 June 2012
  2. ^ "Up from the Depths (1979) - Charles B. Griffith". Allmovie.com. Allmovie. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  3. ^ Dahlke, Kurt. "Up From The Depths / Demon Of Paradise : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". DVD Talk.com. Kurt Dahlke. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  4. ^ Tatum, Charles. "Movie Review - Up from the Depths - eFilmCritic". eFilmCritic.com. Charles Tatum. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  5. ^ Shaffer, R. "Up from the Depths/Demon of Paradise DVD Review - IGN". IGN.com. R.L. Shaffer. Retrieved 1 November 2018.


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