War-Gods of the Deep
(also known as The City Under the Sea
) is a 1965 science fiction
film. It was director by Jacques Tourneur
and starred Vincent Price
, Tab Hunter
and David Tomlinson
. The plot concerns the discovery of a lost city beneath the sea off the coast of Cornwall
. Price is the captain overseeing a group of sailors who have lived there for more than a century where the peculiar mix of gases has allowed them to extend their lifespan.
The film was made in the tradition of the period fantasies started with Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). The film attempted to capitalize on the series of Edgar Allan Poe films that had been made by Roger Corman, starring Price. To this extent the film took the title of a Poe poem, "The City Under the Sea", and attempted to exploit the Poe films trend, even though the only connection is a recitation of the poem at the end.