10 Best ‘It Came From the Deep Sea’ Monster Movies

Over at MoviesOnline a post is up listing the 10 best ‘It came from the deep sea’ monster movies.  I am not sure I agree with the list.  Where is Mega Shark and Giant Octopus? What about MEG?  So readers what are your favorites?  Please provide a Youtube link to a trailer or movie clip if you can.  I will continue to add them to this post.  In that tradition is our beloved Mega Shark and Giant Octopus

So more recommendations for commentors

War-Gods of the Deep

Night Tide

Surface

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

Godzilla

and The Deep

Dr. M (1628 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





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11 comments on “10 Best ‘It Came From the Deep Sea’ Monster Movies
  1. No ‘Deep Blue Sea’ (1999)?

    What is the title of the movie during which something in the sea evolves (during the 90 minutes of the film) more and more intelligent, bigger, more aggressive, more shark-like and then the brave protagonists dive through an underwater cave into a secret WWII-era lab in which someone inspired by Haeckel was fusing human and shark embryos in order to make smart sharks (I guess as Nazi weapons). Battle ensues.

  2. And this was old technology, making chimaeras or something like that
    though the movie is modern. The lab is old – it took 40-50 years for the sharks from the experiment to evolve smart enough, big enough and mean enough to start terrorizing humans…

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  4. Please let’s not forget “The Intruder Within” from 1981. Classic stuff, and you can imagine the pitch for it: “It’s Alien, but like, on an oil rig” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QioyXBc7lUY

    Wrt Deep Rising, which gets a spot in the MoviesOnline list with its giant proto-priapulids, there’s a great line in it:

    “At 4,000 feet, the Ottoia are about as long as a pencil, with bodies about the size of a golf ball. But those at 20,000 feet have been found to eat full-grown sharks. At 30 or 40,000 feet… Well, you do the math.”

    Ok, I’m not great at maths – but I have looked a global bathy map.

    However, people who live in glass houses etc etc: as for BBC’s new drama The Deep, I have to confess to being the “Science advisor” in the credits.

    Without risking any plot spoilers for folks in the US, I apologise in advance for the rather large Vampyroteuthis; I tried to persuade them to go for a bigfin squid instead, but they were wedded to it.

    And to having moonpools in their subs. And a vent field on an aseismic ridge. And to ignoring the laws of physics with regard to pressure etc.

    But hey, “The Core” had three science advisors!

  5. Coturnix – the movie you’re looking for is “Creature”, loosely based on “WHite Shark” by Peter Benchley.

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