Monster from the Ocean Floor is a 1954 science fiction film about a sea monster that terrorizes a cove in Mexico. The film was directed by Wyott Ordung and starred Anne Kimbell and Stuart Wade.
It was the first film produced by Roger Corman (although he had previously written Highway Dragnet).
Julie Blair (Kimbell) is an American vacationing at a sea-side village in Mexico. She hears stories about a man-eating creature dwelling in the cove. She meets Dr. Baldwin (Dick Pinner), a marine biologist, and they fall for one another. The mysterious death of a diver interests Julie in investigating, but Baldwin is very skeptical. She sees a giant amoeba rising from the ocean.
Anne Kimbell (Julie Blair)
Stuart Wade (Steve Dunning)
Dick Pinner (Dr. Baldwin)
Wyott Ordung (Pablo)
Inez Palange (Tula)
Jonathan Haze (Joe)
Roger Corman (Tommy)
The film was made for $12,000 over six days. According to Roger Corman, $4,000 of the film's budget came from Ordung, $3,500 from Corman (from the sale of the Highway Dragnet story to Allied Artists), $5,000 in deferment from Consolidated Labs, and money raised privately by selling $500 and $1,000 shares.
Wyott Ordong later claimed he hocked his life insurance and sold his apartment to raise $15,000 to pay for the movie.
The film was sold to Lippert Pictures for $110,000. Corman received a $60,000 advance for this which enabled him to make his next film.