This film starts out like the Love Boat on acid, as a cast of unpleasant characters, all with horrible secrets, take a chartered cargo ship to escape their troubles. Unfortunately, the leaky ship is carrying an explosive that can be set off by sea water and it sinks, stranding many characters in a Sargasso Sea populated by man-eating seaweed, giant monster crabs and turtles, and some Spanish conquistadors who think the Inquisition is still on.
Eric Porter (Capt. Lansen) Hildegard Knef (Eva Peters) Suzanna Leigh (Unity Webster) Tony Beckley (Harry Tyler) Nigel Stock (Dr. Webster) Neil McCallum (First Officer Hemmings) Ben Carruthers (Ricaldi (as Benito Carruthers)) Jimmy Hanley (Patrick, the bartender)
Unfortunately a lot of bitrate is wasted with a spanish dub here, this may need demuxing! Extremely weird but strangely alluring hammer production. The film splinters half way, and in ways that can not be predicted without a plot synopsis (ala. From Dusk Till Dawn). A very good movie, although by no means the best hammer.
"A freighter is blown off course and finds itself in a fog-shrouded part of the ocean where the seaweed enjoys flesh and mutated creatures with claws scamper about. It's a mild horror version of the Sargasso Sea and Bermuda Triangle. Eventually the surviving crew and passengers encounter humans who scitter around the seaweed with paddle-like shoes and balloons. The ship these people are from is a Spanish galleon several hundred years old, the crew of which survived and bred into the generations, evolving an Inquisition-like culture on board.
It's really pretty good, thanks to the interesting ideas of seaweed that bites back and the evolved life on the Spanish ship, plus the skill of the two lead actors. And it has a great look. Eric Porter and Hildegard Knef were both heavyweights in the acting department. I'm not sure why they agreed to this film, but I assume the money was good. Porter is one of my favorite actors. He wasn't handsome enough to make a career as a movie leading man, but if anyone doubts his abilities to command watch him as Soames in the original BBC Forsyte Saga. Knef had a so-so career as a lead actress in a handful of American and British films, but returned to Germany for better stuff. She was sexy and self-confident."
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