|It Came from
Beneath the Sea asks "Can scientists and the military save San Francisco's
Gate Bridge and Ferry Building
from a giant atomic octopus?" but Mister SF has a better question. Can
San Francisco locations save this movie? The 1955 science fiction classic
directed by Robert Gordon uses stop motion to animate the giant (six-armed)
octopus and realistic models of City landmarks to bring the story to life.
Special effects were created by Ray Harryhausen, who also made the effects
for Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts, and the Sinbad movies.
In It Came from Beaneath the Sea, one shot is a cityscape of the day that's
quite shocking. The Russ Building and little
else is recognizable in today's panorama of downtown skyscrapers. With
terrible acting and a heroine who uses her feminine wiles as well as her
scientific genius to bag two men and the underwater beast, this one is
strictly for 12 year-old fans of Saturday afternoon features, or for 12
year-olds at heart. Halpo calls
this one, "Plan 9 from San Francisco."
about It Came from Beneath the Sea