18 May 2015

"THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES" (Chilling 20 Movies Pack, #5)


USA, 1955
Director: Dan Milner


In an attempt to cash in on the success of Eugène Lourié's cult classic "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" (1953), editor & three-time-director Dan Milner ("From Hell It Came") and his brother Jack Milner (sound editor / producer / editor) created "The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues", one of the worst and dumbest monster flicks of the 1950s, based on an idea by Jack H. Nicholson (co-founder of American International Pictures) and a screenplay by Lou Rusoff ("Zontar: The Thing from Venus").

With a budget of only about $40,000, one of the wackiest rubber-suit-monsters I've ever seen and complete lack of any talent, the Milners gave us 80 minutes of pure fucking boredom. Endless scenes of bland and incredibly uninteresting characters talking about radiation, underwater stuff and "the phantom" which isn't a phantom at all, it's just a man in a lizard-like leftover Halloween costume that appears 4-5 times throughout the movie, only to grin as if it's completely imbecile, and to 'attack' several divers and swimmers.

The pace is horrendously slow, tension or suspense are non-existent, the camera work is highly unimaginative (Brydon Baker, "The Astounding She-Monster") and the musical score by regular Roger-Corman-collaborator Ronald Stein ("Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman", "Dementia 13") is surprisingly lame. 1 point for the gorgeous ladies (Cathy Downs, Helene Stanton), a half point for the laughable 'phantom'. End of rant.


  1. I'll take this as an apology for making me watch it in the last PT round :).

    1. To be fair, I watched it before I gave it to you - but, as you can see, I gave it to you for a reason :D


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