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Up From The Depths / Demon Of Paradise (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) (1979)

Kathryn Witt , Sam Bottoms , Charles B. Griffith , Cirio H. Santiago  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kathryn Witt, Sam Bottoms, Susanne Reed
  • Directors: Charles B. Griffith, Cirio H. Santiago
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00317LMA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features


o New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)

o TV and Radio Spots

o Theatrical Trailer


o New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)

o Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

In Up From The Depths, staff and vacationers at a first-class resort on the island of Maui are beginning to mysteriously disappear. A biologist believes that an underwater earthquake has caused a giant, and very hungry dormant prehistoric fish to be released from his slumber. Voraciously, the fish helps himself to a tourist buffet. Now it is open season for the local fishermen to find the creature and kill it! Starring Sam Bottoms (Apocalypse Now, The Outlaw Josey Wales).

The hunters become the prey when illegal dynamite-fishing prematurely ends the hibernation of a mythological carnivorous lizard-man in Demon Of Paradise. The owner of the local resort, whose patrons have become the appetizers on this predators menu, and a herpetologist join forces with the sheriff to save the tourists from succumbing to the feasting of the beast. Starring Kathryn Witt (Cocaine Wars, Star 80) and directed by cult filmmaker Cirio H. Santiago (The Big Doll House, TNT Jackson).

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 obscure Monster movies see the light on DVD ! December 24, 2009
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Shout Factory has gotten the rights to release Roger Corman *classics* and to my pleasant surprise we are getting a couple of rarities that have never been on DVD. Those movies are Demon of Paradise & Up from the Depths, scheduled for early 2011.
Both of these films are presented in anamorphic widescreen and they are very beautiful prints..very clear, very They never have or will look better. These films were produced/backed by Roger Corman.They are both USA/Philippine co-productions. Both films are supposed to have been shot in Hawaii & havent found much evidence, besides links and the films itself saying they were shot there..
Both are in color & contain some gore but nothing revolting or graphic.
DEMON OF PARADISE was directed by Cirio H. Santiago & is basically a Creature from the Black Lagoon ripoff killing tourists in the Hawaiian ISland. The monster is basically a man sized amphibious monster. It's on odd looking monster. There is some good scenes with the monster & a decent story to keep things moving along.
UP FROM THE DEPTHS is directed by Charles Griffith (who did a lot of movies with Corman) and is a Jaws ripoff with a giant shark munching on Hawaiians. This is not to be confused with Monster Shark aka Devil Fish about a shark octopus which was an MST3K experiment.
Both films are of the grade B (or Z for that matter) category but there are those that enjoy a campy good monster movie, such as me for example. Depending on your tastes you might think these are utterly awful or really get a kick out of watching these.
For those that are into these movies, you are in for a treat. With Shout Factory releasing this, Piranha, Humanoids from the Deep & Kingdom of the Spiders, I think there is hope for other obscure titles out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but still pretty good March 25, 2011
Okay not the best but fairly decent.
Up from the Depths- I liked the concept which is actually still used today: an earthquake releases a man-eating creature or creatures up from the depths (ex. Piranha 3D). The cast and dialogue was okay but the creature was probably on screen for only 1 minute total and when it was on screen it was only for a quick moment. The creature design and size changes throughout the film so it looks as if there are several creatures as oposed to one giant creature as described on the back cover. 3 stars.
Demon of Paradise- At first I disliked this film but as I watched it more and more I started liking it. Cheese, fun, and an obviously fake-looking monster: a cross between the Predator, a dog, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. I actually liked the music which was electronic mixed with suspense. 4 stars.
Special features include trailers for Firecracker, Humanoids from the Deep, Caged Heat (my favorite trailer), Jackson County Jail, Demon of Paradise, and Up from the Depths and a short Making of... Up from the Depths. Overall 4 stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunk April 5, 2011
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Let's be honest here: both of these movies are crap, although Up From The Depths looks like Academy Award material compared to Demon Of Paradise. On the other hand, I love this stuff. These two pair up very nicely for a rainy Saturday afternoon. So get the corn popping and put your feet up. If you like this stuff, you'll love this pairing.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, They Can't All Be Great February 12, 2011
This disc is kind of a letdown considering both films deal with creatures from the deep(a personal favorite theme of mine), and are from the Corman factory.
Well, Up From the Depths isn't a total loss, it does have some redeeming qualities. In the film, a mutant monster shark is on a rampage at a Hawaiian resort. Naturally the schmuck resort manager wants to keep a lid on the disappearances, but when the creature becomes common knowledge, the manager offers a bounty to whoever can kill the beast. Soon, all the guests and tourists arm themselves and go monster hunting, but in the end it's up to Sam Bottoms and his sideburns to save the day.
The movie wisely doesn't take itself seriously. In fact, it's downright comedy with it's zany characters running rampant around the island. The final act almost seems like Jaws meets The Cannonball Run with the goofy guests competing for the bounty of the shark. The shark itself is shown in brief bits, and in the vibe of the rest of the film, is quite silly looking. It's definitely the highlight of the disc.
Now I had seen Demon of Paradise when I was a teenager, and I didn't care much for it. Giving it a second chance I found that I still don't like it. Also taking place in Hawaii, a prehistoric, bulletproof lizardman is awakened to terrorize the island. The monster suit is quite ridiculous, and looks nothing like the creature depicted on the box cover. Unfortunately this film plays it much more seriously than it should, which would be fine if the story had been handled better. Unfortunately, there isn't a single interesting character in the film, and the whole thing is just terribly uninteresting and boring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD by Shout! Factory But Not So Great Movies July 18, 2014
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I am a fan of B Horror movies, always was and always will be but there is a difference between a really fun B Horror movie and a boring B Horror movie, sadly Up from the Depths and Demon of Paradise are more towards boring than fun. Roger Corman is capable of fun B movies(Terror Within, Forbidden World, Carnosaur 2 & 3, etc.) but when he tried his underwater cash-ins there were some duds. The duds are these two right here while Humanoids from the Deep(1980) and Piranha(1978) are fun movies these two are just simply not.

Up from the Depths is pretty much the Jaws rip-off here and received the more negative reviews than Demon of Paradise and I can honestly say, I enjoyed Demon of Paradise a bit more. Both provide the B movie standards: T&A(Really the only redeeming parts about both of these movies), Gore(Not so much in both cases), and creatures(Rarely seen in UFTD but seen more in DOP). UFTD gets a 1.5/5 and that is being generous and DOP gets a 2/5 being the better of the two.

The DVD is wonderful, you can view both films in a Double Feature style or watch them separate. Both films are presented in Anamorphic Widescreen and is the best quality you will ever see these movies. Bottom Line: If you collect Corman movies like I do pick this up and if you are looking for fun B Horror movies, avoid this pack.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Matinee
Typical Roger Corman fair. Beautiful women wearing little and showing much. Great for an afternoon at the movies with popcorn, raindrops, and someone to share it with.
Published 11 days ago by D. Duggan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased with purchase.
Published 1 month ago by Golf4ever569
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 of my favs from the 80's on one DVD!
I am a big fan of Demon of Paradise, because I have a HUGE soft spot in my heart for movies that feature a man-in-a-suit as the monster. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hose Nose
Published 18 months ago by b movie man
2.0 out of 5 stars Ah no thanks
I was gald when this one was over. Took a chance on this one. That's why I don't play the lottery.
Published 20 months ago by Russell D. Foster
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing Timewasters
Neither Up from the Depths nor Demon of Paradise are great but they were amusing (and progenitors of the Sy Fy Channel's usual fare of today); I wasn't looking for awesome so I... Read more
Published on October 21, 2012 by Darrell A. Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Up from the depths/Demon of paradise
This is a very good movie that
I saw.It has gore,creature violence,
action,terror,explosions.And the
most important thing a happy ending. Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Tammy N. Zhang
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Bad stuff here
Oh well not everything New World Pictures was involved with was good.Case in point Up From The Depths and Demon of Paradise. Read more
Published on November 2, 2011 by A. Thurston
4.0 out of 5 stars I Was Entertained
These two films are so incredibly bad that you can't help but laugh at them. I first watched Up From the Depths after renting it, out of sheer boredom, in college. Read more
Published on September 29, 2011 by musiclover13
1.0 out of 5 stars Trash Films Dressed Up As B-Grade Ones
After watching both of these films, I want that three hours of my life back.
Now if you purchase this, You'll want your three hours back too. Read more
Published on March 5, 2011 by A. Jones
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