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

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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).

Special Features

UP FROM THE DEPTHS

o New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)

o TV and Radio Spots

o Theatrical Trailer

DEMON OF PARADISE

o New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)

o Theatrical Trailer


Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00317LMA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,390 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. Steigman on 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 clean..sharp. 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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Oh well not everything New World Pictures was involved with was good.Case in point Up From The Depths and Demon of Paradise.Packaged together by the fine folks at Shout Factory we get 2 resort based monster movies in one package. First we have 1979's Up From the Depths and then we have 1987's Demon of Paradise.On a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the pits and 5 very good I'd rate Depths a 1 and Demon a 3 which is being kind.Both films were shot on the cheap( of course) in the Philippine's which was filing in for Hawaii.Up From the Depth's has a giant prehistoric fish that somehow is around a resort in Hawaii run by Sam Bottoms.The story written by Philippine B movie legend Cirio Santiago is dumber than dumb.The monster looks really bad almost Plan 9 level bad.The acting all around is awful and campy beyond belief.The leading lady Susanne Reed is pretty enough but an awful actress who doesn't do any nudity to distract you from that fact either.In fact if supporting actress Denise Hayes didn't pop her top for a sexy photo shoot this movie wasn't anywhere near it's R rating.In some ways there's a link between this film and Alexander Aja's remake of New Worlds Piranha .Piranha takes place in a resort and features a fish species thought dead that isn't that enjoys snacking on humans.Reeds resort activities director could be Elisabeth Shue's predecessor .Denise Hayes was a busty brunette from the U.K and in Piranha Kelly Brook is the same.Of course Aja had 9 times the budget,a better cast and better story to work with.As for Demon of Paradise we have the resurfaced demon Kartha looking to wreck havoc on another Hawaiian resort.Read more ›
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THE STORIES...

UP FROM THE DEPTHS: Another cheese-filled rip off of JAWS. This fish monster is supposed to be a prehistoric something or other, but looks, (the few times you actually catch a decent glimpse of the thing), more like a big inflatable pool toy that was partially melted with a blowtorch. It's obscured from view for most of the film, which was a wise choice on the part of the producers since it looks so damn crappy. Still, for monster fans, not getting to actually see the creature you paid to see always feels like a cheat, regardless of how ratty the monster actually looks. The film's heroes are your typical clueless dimwits and the whole story is basically one big, convoluted headache. (And it's boring most of the time, too.) On the plus side, the topless model in the movie does have some impressive er, um... assets ...but we only really get a couple of peeks of them, hardly enough to justify having to endure 90 minutes' worth of this aquatic equivalent of a Charley horse.

DEMON OF PARADISE: Philippino-lensed film is a fishy mixture of Jaws & Creature from the Black Lagoon. The "plot" concerns a whiny businesswoman trying to get her newly-opened resort in Hawaii on its feet. At every turn she finds her efforts sabotaged by the appearance of a murderous prehistoric "Triphibian" fish-man. The beast has a bone to chew with some local idiots who have unwisely chosen to use the inlets & tributaries in and around his underwater lair in which to conduct their drug trafficking. A local "by his own rules" cowboy cop joins forces with a curvy female scientist to combat the scaly menace. A burnout hippy-type reporter is also on hand in a very UNfunny, annoying comedy relief role.
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