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It Came from Beneath the Sea

Released 1955
Distributor Columbia

The top half of one of the seminal 50’s Saturday matinee double features (co-feature: Creature with the Atom Brain), Sam Katzman’s sci-fi monsterfest petrified a pre-Jaws generation of kids into avoiding the ocean altogether. Atomic subs, on-location San Francisco photography and giant tentacles courtesy of Ray Harryhausen make this one a memorable part of any baby-boomer’s childhood.

About Ernest Dickerson

In the tradition of Mario Bava and Jack Cardiff, Ernest Dickerson is an Emmy and Peabody-award winning film and television veteran. The NYU grad photographed many films for director Spike Lee, including Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues and Malcolm X. In 1992 he made his feature directorial debut with Juice and has been working steadily ever since with credits like Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Bulletproof, Bones and Never Die Alone. Dickerson's acclaimed TV work includes AMC's The Walking Dead and Low Winter Sun, Showtime's Dexter, and HBO's The Wire and Treme, for which he won a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Director.