Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Port Sinister (1953)

The plot of the film has an oceanographic institute bankrolling the investigation of a long lost pirate hideaway that raises up from the ocean depths periodically. It was sunk centuries ago during an earthquake. Unfortunately for the man who's behind the expedition some bad guys learn about the islands supposed treasure and they arrange an accident. Eventually everyone makes it to the island...unfortunately there be monsters, specifically giant crabs, on the island.

Low budget cheese ball film is amusing fun for those in an undemanding mood. High art it's not, good fun it is.

To be honest the film isn't all that good. The enjoyment of it comes from the odd mix of genres and images. You have the high seas schooner that gets much of the cast there, you have the monsters, you have the treasure hunt, and the end of the world style landscape. As the film goes on you can't help but wonder where in the world the film is going to go next. Its a tall tale well sold.

The film is helped immeasurably by it's brief running time. Running just over an hour the film is just long enough to spin out its fantastic yarn and but brief enough that it doesn't overstay it's welcome.

This is exactly the sort of film that I used to get up in the middle of the night to see. Give me anything with monsters and I'm happy, more so when they are real animals filmed with a macro lens.

get some friends, get some drinks and few other similar films and make a night of silly fun in front of the TV.


  1. You can come over to my house and we'll watch it together. ;-p A.L.L.

  2. Useless trivia fact about this film: Its title is a tautology.