AMANDO DE OSSORIO WEEK: The Sea Serpent (1985)

Also known as Monster of the Deep and Hydra, this movie is somehow from 1985 with a very 1955 concept: an American bomber drops a bomb into the ocean to keep it out of Russian hands and releases an ancient prehistoric monster. That beast destroys the ship of Captain Pedro Fontán (Timothy Bottoms) and his first mate Lemaris (Jared Martin), who refuses to tell anyone of the monster and cost Pedro his ship. While all that drama is happening, Margaret Roberts (Taryn Power) watches her friend Jill (Carole James) get eaten by the sea serpent and goes insane, but Pedro believes her and decides to break her loose because, well, look who am I to try and tell director and writer Amando de Ossorio how to make a movie? Oh, I didn’t to ruin the secret, I mean Gregory Greens.

Ray Milland also plays a marine biologist, Jack Taylor shows up because it’s a Spanish horror movie and then everyone just lets the Nessie swim off like no harm no foul. But hey — this has a giant water warm with big eyes headbutting a helicopter and if that doesn’t make you smile, I have no real clue what will. You know how you will know that de Ossorio directed this? The monster screams every time it appears.

Director Leon Klimovsky shows up and somewhere along the line, you realize this is more Jaws than Godzilla. It’s so ridiculous that you can’t help but love it. I mean, most of the monster footage is a hand puppet. That’s pretty great.

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