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Proteus (1995)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Fairbrass ... Alex
Toni Barry Toni Barry ... Linda
William Marsh William Marsh ... Mark
Jennifer Calvert ... Rachel
Robert Firth ... Paul
Margot Steinberg ... Christine
Ricco Ross ... Buckley
Jordan Page Jordan Page ... Dr. Carol Soames
Nigel Pegram ... Dr. Shelley
Doug Bradley ... Leonard Brinkstone
Johnie Chase ... Brinkstone's Chinese Guard
Jerry Grayson Jerry Grayson ... Brinkstone's Chopper Pilot
Neil Finnighan ... Brinkstone's Armed Guard (as Neil Finnegan)
Tom Lucy Tom Lucy ... Brinkstone's Armed Guard
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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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Deep in the ocean, new form of horror is taking a shape...

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Rated R for violence, gore and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 July 1996 (USA) See more »

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A cápaember See more »


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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Many of the action sequences in the film required cast members to be working in several inches of stagnant water, for longer periods of time. As a safety measure, each actor was issued a pair of thick rubber socks to be worn under their shoes. Robert Firth, who portrays Paul in the film, got so tired of sweaty and blistered feet at the end of each day, that he opted out of the uncomfortable protocol - wholeheartedly embracing the potential risk of electrocution instead. See more »


Alex: [mockingly] You're just a fucking fish with a drug habit.
Dr. Shelley: [Distorted growls] I'll show you what I am.
Alex: [On seeing Proteus' true form] Jesus Christ.
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An insult to a book which could have been made into THE horror film of the nineties.
2 July 1999 | by G.SpiderSee all my reviews

This is based on a book called 'Slimer' by Harry Adam Knight. Whilst the book is a tense, gripping and claustrophobic thriller packed with interesting characters and some truly chilling scenes, the film just stinks of a disgustingly wasted license. Another opportunity completely flushed down the drain by people not talented enough to produce and direct the home video footage of a family party.

The plot, for lack of a better word, involves drug smugglers who are shipwrecked and wind up on a deserted oil-rig where sinister experiments are taking place. After a lot of wandering around they meet a scientist with a Germanic accent which sounds nearly as realistic as Professor Tryst's in 'Dr Who:Nightmare of Eden' (which, believe me, is no great achievement). The characters are Z-grade and the film doesn't even attempt to follow the story in the original book. Before long the laughable monster (imagine a cut-price Jaws on legs) appears to sink the film to even greater depths. Doug Bradley (Pinhead in the 'Hellraiser' films) makes an appearance, but even he's wasted in a minor role as a rather cliched mad company boss.

A painful experience. That saying 'the old ones are the best' certainly applies to monster movies. Recent monster films like this waste of (very little) money aren't worth the tape they're printed on.

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