Up from the Depths

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Up From the Depths
Up from the Depths Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Charles B. Griffith
Produced by Jack Atienza
Cirio H. Santiago
Written by Anne Dyer
Alfred Sweeney
Starring Sam Bottoms
Susanne Reed
Virgil Frye
Kedric Wolfe
Charles Howerton
Music by Russell O'Malley
Cinematography Ricardo Remias
Edited by G. V. Bass
Distributed by New World Pictures
Shout Factory (DVD)
Release date
  • June 29, 1979 (1979-06-29)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office Unknown

Up From the Depths is a 1979 horror film directed by Charles B. Griffith. The film, along with many other natural horror films at the time of its release, was made due to the success of Jaws, to which it is very similar.


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 his slumber. The fish voraciously helps himself to a tourist buffet. Now it's 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]



The film was released theatrically in the United States by New World Pictures in June 1979, and later released on VHS by Vestron Video in the 1980s.

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Shout Factory in 2011 as a double feature alongside the similar Demon of Paradise.


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