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Insomniac Theatre: "The Incredible Petrified World" (1957/1960)


What sort of film fits into the world of The Insomniac Theatre?  Well, movies that were completed in 1957... but not actually released until three years later for starters...

Four oceanographers exploring the deep get trapped in a maze of underwater caverns.  They must find their way out before the volcano above them erupts... or they fall victim to a mysterious shipwreck survivor dwelling within the winding tunnels...

This is going to be a very short review.  Why?  Because the film is fairly short- and the story is short on everything.

There's no excitement.  No tension.  No action.  No romance.  No nothing.

The characters are much the same: nothing substantial about them.  Just nothing but walking blah blah blah.

Ditto for the acting.  Nothing but meh.

The camera work?  Nothing really interesting or energetic.  Even the stock footage of a shark and octopus fighting at the start of the movie was obviously just there for filler.

The title is misleading.  You'd think there would be a dinosaur world, or at least a monster, right?  Nope.  Apparently there was supposed to be a monster- but the monster suit was so horribly done it wasn't used.

This movie is just basically an hour of nothing... except it could be considered decent insomnia medication as it almost put me to sleep.

"The Incredible Petrified World" wasn't very incredible, and I was petrified with boredom.  It's sinking to the bottom of "The Ugly".

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