Here’s the setup. A doctor’s experiments with a radiation ray have attracted the attention of the US government, who have sent two undercover agents to find out what’s going on, as well as a mysterious enemy group who have sent two spies (a Tony Curtis lookalike and a beach bunny) to steal the doctor’s secrets. The radiation ray, however, has also turned a small turtle into a large phantom who haunts the beach, attacking anyone who takes a boat into its territory.
Directed by Dan Milner and produced by Dan and his brother Jack, The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues was made for American Releasing Company in its second year of production—the following year, it would change its name to the now legendary American International Pictures, which oversaw two decades of classic B movies, including Corman’s Poe series, and early features from Curtis Harrington, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Peter Bogdanovich. Knowing where the ARC would go gives Phantom an added level of interest and importance, as it was an early hit for the company and helped establish their reputation.
The Kino Lorber Studio Classics Blu-ray looks stunning, as expected from the company. It includes commentary from film historian Richard Harland Smith, and a Trailers from Hell segment with Joe Dante.