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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.
The name Sean S. Cunningham will automatically always be attached to
'Friday the 13th'
his notorious teen-slasher that messed up the genre
for good. Yet, Mr. Cunningham did do a few slightly more ambitious
projects. This DeepStar Six is a semi-successful undersea-monster mash
with surprisingly good acting, decent special effects and a couple of
good old-fashioned scary moments. The film deserves a reasonable
rating, slightly higher than all other lame and laughable Ridley Scott
and James Cameron wannabes. The plot involves an 11-headed crew that is
about to finish up a 6-month research at the bottom of the ocean. When
exploring the ocean floor, they accidentally stumble upon a hideous and
relentless monster. Like it usually is the case in this type of films,
it takes a little while before you actually get to see the monster. By
that time, human stupidity already exterminated half of the cast
Granted, the monster itself is one ugly critter and not at all badly
put together by the special effects department.
But let's not praise this film too much, because it simply remains a rather anonymous 80's monster movie like we've seen them so many times before already. Not one action presented here isn't inspired by or similar to the ones featuring in other films and every character is a flawless stereotype. The performances given by the entire cast actually outshine the roles they're playing. Highlight of them all is Miguel Ferrer who portrays the typical, cowardly crewmember. Constantly complaining and arguing at first and when the monster shows up he flees to and leaves his colleagues to their own device. Every monster flick stars a bastard like that, you know. As well as the super-intelligent and over-ambitious female scientist and the heroic captain who sacrifices himself in order to save his crew. If you ignore these inevitable weaknesses, you'll certainly have fun. You get what you expect, and that doesn't necessarily have to sound like a bad comment.
I don't see why people keep on trashing this movie which has no
more shortcomings or implausability than most blockbusters.
Maybe because, as everybody seems to think, everything that has no big stars and isn't the latest multi-billion brainless disaster can't be good ? This one is more disaster movie than monster movie, since the giant crab is only one amongst many problems the survivors has to face. Nothing great, nothing to lose sleep over, just cheesy B fun. So why all this hate when "Leviathan" was a bigger-budgeted but even more stupid and derivative heap of ....
Deep in the ocean some foolish marine biologists accidently disturb an ancient prehistoric creature from its slumber. The creature is understandably a little cheesed off and proceeds to cause the death of many of said biologists. With your brain safely checked in with the cloakroom attendant this film is undemanding and fun. The creature is particularly impressive and credit must go to the the special effects guys. The cast is eclectic and low budget with Miguel Ferrer giving the best performance as Snyder, the only member of crew realizing the gravity of their situation and slowly going stir crazy. This film is better than many other watery efforts and this includes bigger budget efforts like Leviathan and Sphere.
the first 30 minutes of this movie are fairly boring,with not much happening.the film begins to pick up after that.it's basically Alien underwater,though nowhere near as good as that movie.the characters are not as complex,nor is the storyline.it's a B movie,in every respect.when the creature is finally revealed,it's a disappointment.at least i thought it was.unlike Alien,where you get to know the characters,here you really don't,so there's nothing invested in their fates.when they died,the only reaction i could come up with was a yawn.they're all underwritten.the movie is also predictable from the get go.still,it's not the worst movie of the genre,so i give DeepStar Six a 5/10
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Three major underwater movies came out in 1989, Deepstar Six, the Abyss and Laviathan. Now first place will have to go to the Abyss. It's great but more about that when I review the Abyss. But as for Deepstar Six, it has some minor character issues and it is your stereo typical monster movie situation. Monster found in cave, starts eating everyone. The cast does a great job with what was given to them. The effects are good for your standard animatronic monster movie. Nothing special. Nothing bad either. Now what gets my goat is that they never say that the monster is an alien, and how it got there in the first place. That's my only major complaint so in the under water monster movielympic race, the winner is THE ABYSS, but coming in a close second is DEEPSTAR SIX who takes the silver.
This film plays like the little brother of THE ABYSS with a twist of
ALIEN thrown in the mix. Fortunately, it doesn't bog itself down like
THE ABYSS by incorporating a tedious, needless social statement in the
final 45 minutes like Cameron's vastly overrated film. Be that as it
may, this is still a rather weak B-film with poor characterization and
a by-the-numbers plot.
When a group of underwater workers disturb the lair of a sea creature the monster gets its revenge by destroying their base and snacking on the crew. The crew are all quite underdeveloped, even the romantic leads of Greg Evigan and Nancy Everhard. (SPOILER) You know when characters are about to die because they'll start start talking about their New Hampshire farm like Cindy Pickett or greasy hamburgers like Matt McCoy.
STORY: $$$ (This isn't a bad story it just offers nothing new. The characterization is weak because it tries to forcefeed clichés. Miguel Ferrer plays the doofus Bill Paxton character of ALIENS and the romantic link between Everhard and Evigan is too weak for my money. None of the other characters are even moderately developed leaving the viewer with little invested in the people on the screen).
ACTING: $$$ (The acting wasn't the problem. Miguel Ferrer clearly gives the best performance in this film with his excellent, slimy portrayal of Snyder, the ever-picked-upon handyman eager to get topside. I thought Nia Peeples and Nancy Everhard should have changed roles because Everhard's character was a tough-as-nails Navy officer and Nancy, although she clearly got into solid shape for the role, looks more like a schoolmarm than a soldier--Peeples on the other hand, has the hard body for a female Navy officer but her line readings were way too fast. I felt like whenever Nia had a line I had accidentally hit the fast forward button. The other actors were fine. Evigan is okay as the male lead and Matt McCoy does a solid job as the goof-off. Ferris Bueller's mom, Cindy Pickett, gives a solid performance as the base's medical officer and Marius Weyers is great as always. His character really needed to be more developed though).
NUDITY: None, but no female cast member wears a bra in this movie. They didn't quite adhere to their packing list before departing on this six-month deployment.
Yes, this movie isn't that awful. It does have some questionable
physics, and a whole bunch of plot holes. It even has some bad actors!
But in the end, it keeps going well enough to maintain interest, albeit
sometimes only to see what foolishness comes up next.
The main star (I guess) is Greg Evigan, of BJ and the Bear fame. He doesn't have a chimp side-kick here, though. In fact, there are a whole bunch of people who filmgoers will recognise, if not be able to put a name to. But the real star is Miguel Ferrer, who has a kind of Hudson-from-Aliens role. He gets increasingly manic as the film progresses until he finally loses it totally. The movie is worth watching for him alone!
The plot is the usual "science tampering with nature" deal and the ensuing onslaught of nature on science. Nothing remarkable. Nothing that isn't predictable. The creature, however, is refreshingly different and done well enough with the effects of the day to not look pathetic in this age of CGI.
As I mentioned, there are some dodgy plot holes and physics, but the movie entertains enough that you can overlook them (for the most part) and just enjoy it.
All in all a film worth a look in on a quiet day.
A secret underwater team are exploring the possibilities of underwater
colonisation with the financial backing from the US Navy and in return
for that they blow up an underwater carven so they can construct a
deep-sea missile silo, though in doing so they release some sort of
prehistoric sea monster that picks off the team one by one- but that's
only one of their many problems.
This is a very formulaic- but reasonably fun Horror-Sci-Fi film by director Sean. S Cunningham (Friday the 13th), which came out the same time as the overblown- but dull 'The Abyss' and for me the best of the three 'Leviathan'.
Fairly routine stuff, but still it has it's moments of sheer excitement. The setting of the film is good, from the set details of the 'DeepStar six' laboratory base, where most of the action occurs too the alienation of the calm ocean floor.
The characters are your stereotypical types, but the performances are well-delivered with Miguel Ferrer as the very edgy and hysterical Snyder who steals the show and Matt McCoy as the wise cracking Richardson adds some life too. The script had its tedious spots of state the bloody obvious comments- but it's mostly bearable, with some added wit provided by McCoy's character.
The direction by Cunningham is solid, with some nice touches of suspense created and not forgetting a couple of gory moments that truly standout. While the plot is reasonable- it still follows your usual monster on the loose formula, though the idea of the creature's origin was interesting- but it definitely could have been explored in to more. Though other than a sea-monster causing trouble for the underwater crew they also face human foolishness and a leaking laboratory base, with some of the crew falling victims to themselves than the monster.
The pace can be slow at times, though that does help add tension and it definitely picks up in the last 40mins when the monster actually fully appears. While the special effects and the monster itself is fair and it does look a bit like the monsters from 'Tremors' and add a bit of crab too- but it does look more ridiculous and very rubbery when the whole design appears on screen I was hoping that they would keep it mostly hidden e.g. 'Jaws'- but overall it's not too distracting.
Well, have I gone soft, as this discreet sea-monster film has definitely improved on my second viewing?
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Director Sean S. Cunningham of "Friday the 13th" fame brings us this
waterlogged creature feature that provides undemanding entertainment
provided you are like this viewer and usually eat up stuff like this.
It's not really bad at all, it's just not really distinguished. It may
have its flaws (such as a standard bunch of characters), but it still
sizes up as reasonably fun B level genre fare.
The crew of an ocean floor missile installation and research base buy themselves a whole lot of trouble when they open up a cavern in which a great big hungry, likely prehistoric lobster type animal had been residing. The thing does not take long to express its displeasure at being disturbed by causing all kinds of problems, not the least of which is snacking on our assorted cast members.
"DeepStar Six" has adequate action and suspense scenes, plus some moments that a viewer is likely to remember even if overall they don't care for the movie - such as a character bursting open after deciding not to decompress, and the creature chomping another right in half. The actors do a good job with their roles - Greg Evigan is a likable hero, Nancy Everhard an endearing leading lady. Taurean Blacque, Cindy Pickett, Marius Weyers, Matt McCoy, Elya Baskin, Thom Bray, and Ronn Carroll all amuse with their performances; the presence of super sexy Nia Peeples is another bonus. But Miguel Ferrer is the standout playing the kind of high strung, weaselly bastard we often expect to see in movies of this ilk. Right from his introduction he's at work complaining, and as this story plays out it's not surprising to see what a headache he becomes.
Production design, by John Krenz Reinhart Jr., and cinematography, by genre veteran Mac Ahlberg ("Re- Animator", "House") are well done, and Harry Manfredini, who will go down in history for his ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma refrain from the "Friday the 13th" franchise, supplies a score that's really quite good and far removed from his F13 scores. That brings us to the creature itself, which is more effective when it's NOT seen. The obvious phoniness of the thing, flapping mouth and all, however, may put off some viewers and just add to the appeal for others.
The movie gets off to a nice start, with the kind of scrolling opening credits we don't see too often. Genre fans will note the presence of Kane Hodder as the stunt coordinator and Mark Shostrom, Chris Walas, Greg Nicotero, and Robert Kurtzman among the creature effects crew. All things considered, this is worth a look for the monster movie lover who will embrace the sub genre no matter what the budget or level of skill (or lack thereof) may be for any given movie.
Six out of 10.
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