DeepStar Six (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  13 January 1989 (USA)
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At the bottom of the ocean, the DeepStar Six has just discovered a new and deadly alien menace.


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The crew of an experimental underwater nuclear base are forced to struggle for their lives when their explorations disturb a creature who threatens to destroy their base. Written by Keith Loh <>

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Not All Aliens Come From Space. Save Your Last Breath... To Scream. See more »


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13 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Deep Six  »

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$8,143,225 (USA)

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Writer Lewis Abernathy sold his script at the same time that friend James Cameron was working on his own "underwater monster saga". Despite Cameron's asking that he delay this movie to avoid competing with The Abyss (1989), Abernathy went ahead and was thereby deemed persona non grata with Cameron and associates until they patched together their friendship when Abernathy accompanied Cameron on the September 1995 filming of the wreck of the Titanic for Titanic (1997) (but not any actual dives to the wreck itself). See more »


Richardson performs electric arc welding outside of the station, at the bottom of the ocean, several thousand meters deep. At present, underwater welding is not technically possible deeper than approx. 1000 meters (3300 feet) underwater. See more »


McBride: The US Navy. It's not just a job, it's an adventure!
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Utterly underrated
8 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

It is my firm conviction that DeepStar Six will one day be regarded as a good movie. The current 3.9 rating at IMDb is, to my mind, ludicrous and flat-out wrong. It may not be an incredible, immortal masterpiece - I do have to admit it is second to The Abyss - but this is definitely a good movie in virtually every way. For the last fifteen years I've owned a VHS tape of it recorded from a laser-disc version, and seen it loads of times. Today I got the Region 2 Widescreen DVD, and I was once again confirmed in my opinion that this is a fine movie. It is underwater sci-fi horror, and one of several such movies from the era, but except that it doesn't have the clout, effects wizardry and budget of a James Cameron attached to it, it manages to be an extremely well-crafted production none the less.

The actors are great. Every one of them have absolutely unique and realistic character traits and the dynamism between the crew is superbly entertaining. Nancy Everhard as a soft-spoken female navy seal is played with humble sincerity and feminine sensitivity, making for a very realistic package. Nia Peeples is the sexiest thing you ever saw, and the one whose intuition foresees the whole thing. Miguel Ferrer is even more obnoxious here than in Twin Peaks, yet also profoundly pitiable. Everybody gives an amazingly human and believable performance, and the action and production values are overall perfectly adequate and effective, succeeding entirely in suspending the viewer's disbelief.

To the day I die, I will maintain that this is a good movie. And posterity will prove me right. One day...

9 out of 10.

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