It Came From Beneath The Sea this is where the encounter occurred attacking San Francisco and the Navy tries to trap it at the Golden Gate Bridge. It than manages to enter the Bay area leading to a final confrontation with a submarine. Lesley Joyce (Faith Domergue) and John Carter (Donald Curtis), is called in; they identify the tissue as being a small part of a gigantic octopus. The military authorities scoff, but are finally persuaded after receiving reports of missing swimmers and ships at sea being pulled under by a large animal. Both scientists conclude that the creature is from the Mindanao Deep. This creature is being forced from its natural habitat by hydrogen bomb testing in the area, which has made the giant octopus radioactive. It dropped off its natural food supply.
Did You Know?
Much of the filming was done at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, including scenes aboard a submarine. Several naval personnel were given supporting roles. What is interesting the role of Admiral Norman (Dean “Budda” Maddox Jr.) he was not an actor he was a Bay Area Radio Personality from 1933-54 as a DJ. He became known as the first man-on-the street radio host who would take his microphone out of the building to interview local people on current affairs.
How To Animate An Octopus?
Ray Harryhausen designed an Octopus that was exaggerated and ridiculous by visiting number of marine parks to study the movements of a live octopus. The Tentacles were mostly curled up and they had a flowing motion because of the water. Very difficult to do with animation. However Ray had an idea on how the octopus moves. The budget was cut to such a degree that, as you know, time is money. It takes a long time to animate eight tentacles on an octopus.
To keep shooting costs low, director Robert Gordon shot inside an actual submarine, both above and under water.
It used handheld cameras. For a scene that takes place on a stretch of Pacific coastline Gordon and his crew dumped several truckloads of sand onto a sound stage at Columbia, which they backed with a rear projection screen. It Came From Beneath The Sea was teamed with Columbia’s Creature with the Atom Brain on a theatrical release double bill.