I never saw the movie growing up, just the wonderfully fun TV series. As a kid, I loved the wild monsters and action that the color episodes had, and watching the first season I appreciate the more serious tone of the first season as well. Good thing David Hedison starred in THE LOST WORLD remake, so Irwin could reuse some of his "dinosaur" footage in the series.
Man, no matter what you think of Allen, he certainly had a lot of imagination. This movie has a giant octopus AND a giant squid, how cool is that? And Walter Pidgeon is great as Admiral Crane. In fact, the whole cast is pretty great. Even Frankie!