Shades of Ed Wood!

If you like Ed Wood and Francis Conway movies, you'll like this one. Starts out with a full five minutes of stock footage of stormy waves and "deep undersea life" with a voice over. If you watch carefully you'll catch glimpses of reflections of aquarium windows in the background of some of the shots!

Michael J. McFadden
Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains"

reply This was nothing like an Ed Wood film.


Hi,one can never be too rich or have too many friends. Poor ed Wood,he did the best he could with what resources he had,I don't think he's much worse than Roger Corman,Russ Meyer or Al Adamson,they were just cheap filmmakers.


Here's some other "Mistakes"

1. Although the ship is out in the ocean, when Phyllis Coats throws her ring overboad, it lands in water that's only about 2 or 3 inches deep. Even if the ship ship was at shore, it's draw would have to be at least a few feet.

2. The diving bell looks about 5 or 6 feet in diameter when suspended near the ship, but from inside, it seems to be more like 15 feet accross.

3. When the diving bell is on the bottom, the crew leave by opening a door at the top of the bell. Not only does the bell not flood, but not a even drop of water drips down.
They climb a ladder to the top, then in an external shot, you can see them swimming out the top.

I think this is part of the fun in watching movies like this.


I also noticed the mistakes you mentioned, but I have to slightly disagree about the #3. Yes, it seems they just open a simple hatch on the top of the diving bell which doesn't get flooded, but IMO it still leaves a possibilty there is an airlock (or such) on the bell they just don't show. Willing suspension of disbelief, you know? :)

Ok, I still woulda liked to see at least some dripping water...

All in all, in many ways a fun movie to watch, but just below the point of 'worth watching' for me.


I've actually thought about the airlock idea, but I felt if that was the idea, they would’ve at least had some sort of small compartment (It could've been done without adding much to the budget). I'm sure they had to realize it wasn't possible to exit straight out the top. Maybe they couldn't figure out a way to put in a compartment (or exit out another way) without taking up a lot more time and getting behind schedule, so they just ignored it. The suspension of belief does work to some degree, but I still laugh when I see it because the way you see them exit is totally impossible. Probably the easiest solution would've been a door in the back, and then when they popped up from behind the bell we could assume they left by another door in the airlock, which we just couldn't see.

(Now I feel like I’m spending more time on this problem then the producers did. LOL)

The main reason I picked up a copy of this movie is becauce I saw it as a kid and liked the music which I also remembered because the same music was used in the cartoon "Space Angel"


Ok, I buy your explanation about the airlock mistake and I too believe that they just ignored it.

> (Now I feel like I’m spending more time on this problem then the producers did. LOL)

Yeah, it's incredible that we actually have this conversation about 50 years after the premiere of this important masterpiece of cinema history. :D

I got my copy in a 50 movie pack where they have put fifty movies on 12 double sided DVD's. I bought it mainly because it was dirt cheap. :)


Yes, it's very imprtaint to critique and anylize the masterpeices.

Oh, did I metion another error. Near the end of the movie, several scenes are shown upside down! (you may have to look close) Although I think this was intentional and was supposed to be some sort of special effect. I guess that means it's not technically an error, maybe just a major "lack of budget" problem.


The model shown to the John Carradine character at the "California Marine Center" (seemingly the model was the production's set design mock-up) does not indicate any decompression room. It would have easily been avoided if it had a hatch on the floor instead of the ceiling and also done away with the awkward ladder in the middle of the shot.

The diving bell over the side of the "ship" is obviously an weather balloon painted to look like it had a view port. It might have worked except for the wind bashing it about. When the second bell is on the deck of the tuna boat it seems to be inflated only half way.

As is pointed out, it is entertaining enough to still be discussed all these years later. The stock footage is remarkable, especially of the TWA Lockheed Constellation. By the way, the extending landing gear is also used in "The Snow Creature".

Strangely enough, "The Incredible Petrified World" also reminded me of the superior James Cameron movie "The Abyss".


Yeah, I noticed that too. I think the volcano erupting scene was a shot of a mountain top being blown off with dynamite being played upside down.



I was creeped out by how indifferent the guy who built the diving bell was to the fact he left 4 people to die. I think he cared more about what he was having for lunch.

No two persons ever watch the same movie.


YES!!! Ed Wood was the first thing I thought of when I watched this. I just knew it was either Wood or Corman.