An American deep-sea mining colony stumbles upon a sunken Soviet vessel hiding a horrific secret.



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Glen 'Doc' Thompson
Michael Carmine ...
Tony 'DeJesus' Rodero
Bridget Bowman
G. P. Cobb
Ms. Martin
Russian Ship Captain (as Eugene Lipinsky)
Larry Dolgin ...
Helicopter Pilot
Pascal Druant ...
Winch Operator
Steve Pelot ...
Winch Operator


Underwater deep-sea miners encounter a Soviet wreck and bring back a dangerous cargo to their base on the ocean floor with horrifying results. The crew of the mining base must fight to survive against a genetic mutation that hunts them down one by one. Written by Keith Loh <>

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Release Date:

17 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Havets hämnare  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$15,704,614 (USA)

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50 to 60 spec drawings of the potential look for the creature were submitted to director George P. Cosmatos. All the drawings were combined for the final definitive look for Leviathan which was a huge, fish-headed beast with dagger like teeth with the ability to absorb recognizable characteristics from its victims. See more »


In the scene where the piece of the monster is cut off by the door, the wire that pulls the cut off piece down can be seen. See more »


Jones: This whole thing is unnecessary, Doc. The only skin problem I can see is white people. How come you are wearing those gloves? It ain't bend-over time, is it?
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Good classic monster movie
14 June 2005 | by (dream state) – See all my reviews

This science fiction horror film has what it takes to be a top notch monster movie. Like Frankenstein and Jurassic Park the moral of the story is that it's not nice to tamper with mother nature,and those who do so will have to face the terrible consequences. Not by any means an original story,but more like a takeoff on Alien or John Carpenter's The Thing. The big difference however being that it takes place below the ocean depths at a silver mine.

Still it has it everything to be a good thriller,suspenseful moments and good special effects along with some memorable characters. Highly recommended for late night entertainment with friends. Guaranteed to be scary enough for the kids. I give this film an 8.

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