Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will present a film screening of “It Came from Beneath the Sea” (1955, USA), followed by short discussion led by librarian Patty King, Thursday, Dec. 27, at 6:30 p.m.

In the film, submarine commander Pete Mathews (Kenneth Tobey) and scientists Lesley Joyce (Faith Domergue) and John Carter (Donald Curtis) battle an angry giant octopus driven from the depths of the ocean by an H-bomb explosion. In search of non-contaminated food, this tentacled tyrant counts among its victims a fishing trawler and its passengers; a family sunning at the beach; several San Francisco skyscrapers; and even the Golden Gate Bridge.

A daring attempt by the scientists to destroy the monster, while saving themselves, is a gripping finale to this mid-century aquatic adventure. The non-rated 79-minute film, directed by Robert Gordon, features stop motion animation by special effects master Ray Harryhausen.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or