|Literally a one eyed monster, The Atomic Submarine creature couldn't be a bigger phallic symbol|
The Atomic Submarine (1959)
d. Spencer G. Bennet
Criterion Collection #366
Part of Monsters & Madmen Boxed Set
Criterion Collection #364
There are some Criterion Collection titles where you kind of scratch your head and think, "OK, I guess you know what you're doing, Criterion Collection. Then you read the critical essay and your like, "Ummmm...ok, not so sure about this title, but I trust you." Then you watch the film and your like, "Ummmmmm... maybe you guys are wrong about this one?"
I'm not saying The Atomic Submarine doesn't deserve Criterion Collections status. One of the primary goals of the Criterion Collection seems to be to bring obscure movies wider recognition, and a host of these films are found within the B-Movie genre pictures of the 1950s and 1960s. Generally speaking, Criterion Collection picks weirder, lesser known films.
So I can see where The Atomic Submarine fits in but it isn't that weird, and it isn't that fun. It's no Carnival of Souls, to name a similar type of film with the Criterion Collection universe. I will admit that the creepy one eyed alien that lives at the center of an alien ship the military insists on calling "the cyclops" did give me the phallic symbol giggles, and the acting is classic b movie bad acting, which is itself an art form at this point, independent of "good" acting (see 80s indie films by John Waters and the Eating Raoul guy.)