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Group of heroin smugglers finds shelter on abandoned oil rig after their ship had exploded. Soon they find that the oil rig was just cover for biological experiment. One of the results is ... See full summary »

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Group of heroin smugglers finds shelter on abandoned oil rig after their ship had exploded. Soon they find that the oil rig was just cover for biological experiment. One of the results is Charlie - shape-shifting monster with ability to absorb the memory of its victims. However, even such creatures have their own bad habits. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Metrotime, a production company formed by Metrodome and the Lifetime Group, were originally set to produce, before the two companies split over creative differences. See more »

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"LEVIATHAN" meets "THE THING" is the premise for this turkey.
18 December 2001 | by (Providence, Rhode Island) – See all my reviews

"PROTEUS" is a rather poor adaption of "LEVIATHAN" - an abandoned ship that houses a shape-shifting creature that multiplies in size for every victim it consumes.

In "LEVIATHAN", the premise was an undersea mining station that gets infected with an 'alien' life form once havoc breaks loose after an alien sample is discovered in a sunken Russian submarine. Each victim that the alien attacked was transformed into an alien life form that kept growing until extreme measures had to be taken to destroy it.

In John Carpenter's "THE THING", a scientific outpost in Antarctica is the setting for the alien life form which consumes its victims in the same manner.

In "PROTEUS", the 'alien' shape-shifts by turning its victims into luring devices to attract further victims. Much like plots for films such as "DEATH SHIP", "DEEP RISING" and "VIRUS", the setting for all of this is an abandoned ship/station in the middle of nowhere and is ultimately discovered by a group of yuppies (appropriately, three men and three women) who are picked off one by one by the 'sea creature' which assumes their profiles before attacking someone else (further saving on the 'special effects' budget). The hackneyed story-telling has the victims 'examining' strange noises or venturing down dark corridors where pipes and cables line the ceiling and steam fissures explode at inappropriate moments, almost always ending up in some ridiculous death scene with a fade-out scream.

This cheap straight-to-video trash plays out more like something you'd find on the Sci-Fi Channel at midnight. There really isn't any horror or suspense and certainly no gore. The only thrill here is seeing Doug Bradley (a.k.a. Pinhead of the "HELLRAISER" series) portraying a loony scientist who wears sunglasses and also happens to be behind the mysterious 'sea creature' operation. His demise at the climax of the film when the 'creature' is revealed in full scale is quite hilarious. One of the creatures' tentacles shoot into his open mouth as it lets out a huge roar, alikened to both a lion and an elephant, as it comes face to face with its tormentor and creator.

"PROTEUS" is generally just another 'run-of-the-mill' straight-to-video horror flick set at sea which provides neither thrills or chills but only the occasional unintentional laugh usually set off by bad special effects or laughable stereotypes. It is very disappointing.

My Grade: D-


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