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Roger Corman's Cult Classics: Up from the Depths/Demon of Paradise [DVD]


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    • Up from the Depths:
    • TV and radio spots
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Demon of Paradise:


    Demon of Paradise
    The makers of this '50s monster-movie throwback must have greatly enjoyed the Wisconsin-lensed Bog -- since this film lifts that regional clunker's premise in its entirety and merely transplants it into a pleasant Polynesian locale. Yet another prehistoric terror from the deep (i.e. diver in cheap latex suit) rises from its eons-long nap after being rudely awakened by boozy, dynamite-fishing locals, slinking among the swaying palms to snack on unsuspecting tourists. That is, until the local Sheriff (of course) teams up with the owner of a popular resort to stand around and talk a lot... and eventually put an end to the beast's bloodthirsty rampage. There's even a convenient reptile expert on hand to kick around pseudo-scientific nonsense and pad out the film's runtime with even more inane dialogue. For more Italian variations on the same tired theme, masochistic viewers may want to seek out Up from the Depths (from the same director, no less!) and Devilfish. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

    Up from the Depths
    A group of fishermen and seamen band together to fight a monstrous finny fiend that is terrorizing a resort. They are in humorous competition with hotel guests, who hope to win a prize by killing the beast. In one particularly grisly bit of humor, a dead fisherman's body is put to really good use. The director was a scriptwriter for the Roger Corman version of A Little Shop of Horrors, and the antic sensibilities he showed there also inform this peculiar little movie. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Joe Mari Avellana - Blue
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      Fred Bailey - Ike
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      Bill Baldridge - Stan
    • Laura Banks
      Laura Banks - Cohill
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      Ramon D'Salva - Father

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