Tourneur’s final film is a continuation of American International Pictures’ hugely successful Edgar Allan Poe cycle, loosely based on a poem by the author. Vincent Price plays the diabolical overlord of a secret city beneath the sea who holds a trio of unfortunates hostage in his aquatic lair where time stands still and an underwater volcano threatens to blast them all to smithereens. Despite the comic book plot and charmingly campy rubber-suited gill-men, this imaginative, Jules Verne-esque fantasy is intriguingly Tourneurian in its evocation of a world ruled by chaos and sinister, irrational forces.

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