Over the past 30 years, strong and heroic female characters have dominated in movies. Kate Beckinsale's Selene (Underworld), Milla Jovovich's Alice (Resident Evil) and Rhona Mitra's Major Eden Sinclair (Doomsday) have filled the void left by the extinction of masculine males in film. Need a monster or fiend killed? Call one of those ladies. However, this new trend may have had its genesis in a 1954 Roger Corman flick "Monster From the Ocean Floor." On the surface this movie appears to be a cheap and routine sea monster fable, but with just a small amount of digging, Anne Kimbell's portrayal of a young "industrial illustrator" (she draws washing machines for catalogs) who vacations in Mexico to paint seascapes, may have been the precursor to our recent heroines.