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The Evil Below (1989)

A down-on-his-luck sea captain goes treasure hunting for a wrecked Spanish galleon that is rumored to be cursed by God and protected by supernatural forces.


Jean-Claude Dubois, Wayne Crawford (uncredited)


Arthur Payne (screenplay) (as Art Payne)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Crawford ... Max Cash
June Chadwick ... Sarah Livingstone
Sheri Able Sheri Able ... Tracy
Ted Le Plat ... Adrian Barlow (as Ted Le Platt)
Graham Clarke Graham Clarke ... Ray Calhoun
Liam Cundill Liam Cundill ... Calhoun Junior
Gordon Mulholland Gordon Mulholland ... Max Cash Senior
Brian O'Shaughnessy Brian O'Shaughnessy ... Father Shannon
Peter Terry Peter Terry ... Constable Chambers
Allen Booi Allen Booi ... Father Dasard
Peter Nortje Peter Nortje ... The Valet
Paul Siebert Paul Siebert ... Guido
Pepsi Mabizela Pepsi Mabizela ... John
Bella Mariani Bella Mariani ... Mrs. Sykes - Dock Manager
Frank Graham Frank Graham ... Tom Dobbs - Lighthouse Keeper


A down-on-his-luck sea captain goes treasure hunting for a wrecked Spanish galleon that is rumored to be cursed by God and protected by supernatural forces.

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Release Date:

1 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil Below See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahamas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The curse is; curiosity kills.
9 August 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Max Cash a charter boat captain who works off the Caribbean island San Sebastian is hired by Sarah, who's looking for legendary boat, El Diablo and its stolen treasure that sunk out in the reef in the 17th century. But something seems to be protecting the whereabouts of the ship, as people who knew anything about it are being killed.

I have to agree with those that were under the impression that this was going to be a horror feature. Instead what we ended up with was a low-rent, b-grade late 80s take on 1977 deep-sea adventure film 'The Deep', but with a baffling supernatural origin and an injection of mystery. The story is a tame muddle (so many inconsistent angles don't make a lick of sense and encourages a blotchy pace) and the technical side is clunky. Nice exotic location and under-water photography though. While the carefree performances weren't too bad either. A gruff Wayne Crawford is enjoyably witty and June Chadwick is fair along side him. Sheri Able is pretty much eye candy. There are some bizarre developments that amuse and one or two eerie sequences. However there's a real lack of cohesion. Most of the cutaway deaths happen off-screen, except for the bloody, fitful opening kills done by something unseen. Again just another thing that leaves you high and dry. The music is generic with its thumping cues to warn us of approaching danger and the POV shots get a good working out. Tatty, but watchable.

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