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War-Gods of the Deep (1965, Vincent Price, David Tomlinson)

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Tab Hunter plays Ben Harris, an American in Cornwall in 1903, who stumbles upon a colony of never-ageing Victorian smugglers and their gill-man slaves, led by The Captain (Vincent Price), who have survived a century in a subterranean city called Lyonesse.

Also known as War Gods of the Deep, this was the last film by Jacques Tourneur, director of such stylish chillers of the 1940s as Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie and The Leopard Man as well as the vintage thrillers Berlin Express and (his greatest) Out of the Past. It was also the swansong of writer Charles Bennett, best known for his screenplays for Alfred Hitchcock in the 1930s (especially The Man Who Knew Too Much and The Thirty-Nine Steps).

Appropriately for a Vincent Price project, the inspiration is taken from a poem by Edgar Allan Poe and the novels of Jules Verne. And the notion of a man cut off from the world and pining for his dead wife would certainly have held no novelty for Price.

AKA: War Gods of the Deep

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cast
Vincent Price as Sir Hugh
David Tomlinson as Harold Tufnell-Jones
Tab Hunter as Ben Harris
Susan Hart as Jill Tregillis
John Le Mesurier as Rev. Jonathan Ives
Henry Oscar as Mumford
Derek Newark as Dan
Roy Patrick as Simon
Dennis Blake as Harry
Steven Brooke as Ted
Jim Spearman as Jack
Tony Selby as George
Michael Heyland as Bill
John Barrett as Third Fisherman (uncredited)

crew
Writers: Charles Bennett, Louis M Heyward
Cinematography: Stephen Dade
Music: Stanley Black
Producer: Daniel Haller
Director: Jacques Tourneur

UK | 84 minutes | 1965