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The Thing Below (2004)

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A top secret drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico raises a dormant alien creature from the depths. Once loose, the creature goes on a murderous rampage.


Jim Wynorski (as Jay Andrews)


Raul Inglis (as Raul Sanchez Inglis), Keith Shaw (as Lindsay James)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Warlock ... Captain Jack Griffin
Kurt Max Runte ... Crank Wowchowski
Catherine Lough Haggquist ... Anna Davis
Peter Graham-Gaudreau ... Dean Rieser (as Peter Graham Gaudreau)
Warren Christie ... Cassidy
Kiara Hunter ... Mel Rodgers
David Richmond-Peck ... Bobby Gibbons
Colin Lawrence ... Dixon
Jim Thorburn ... Cole Griffin
Craig Bruhnanski Craig Bruhnanski ... Captain Mark Stewart (as Craig Brunanski)
John Reardon ... Lance Taylor
Ari Solomon ... Prouty
Julie Hill ... Professor Glenda Marshall
Ken Kramer ... Dr. Edgar Pretorious
Darryl Scheelar ... Peters


A top secret drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico raises a dormant alien creature from the depths. Once loose, the creature goes on a murderous rampage.

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Fear is Rising.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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






Release Date:

7 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thing Below See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


(Jim Wynorski mentioned the film's infamous nature in an interview with the website RogueCinema; talking about CGI) "I made it up in Canada and when we were done shooting and I had left the project then they did all the CGI. Well they did it so horribly that the film kind of sunk. They hired... (pausing to consider his next words) unknowledgeable people to handle the CGI effects. When they were done it looked more like a game show or something like a cheap game. That's where I think you run into a lot of problems when people don't know what their doing with it and people are getting tired of seeing that." See more »


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References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

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Bad, Bad movie
29 May 2006 | by dhreidSee all my reviews

I am writing this review to warm others about this film. This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Do not waste your time. As a friend of IMDb and my fellow movie commentators, I am sure that if this ever made it to the cinema, it flopped and the makers got rich from the 'bad movie' insurance because the box office receipts could not have exceeded fifty bucks. I am surprised the makers weren't picketed. The CG was just plain awful. There are scarier monsters in Super Mario from Nintendo. Don't even try to put this junk in the league with Leviathon, Deep Star Six, Deep Rising etc. which I would rate as pretty good 'B' films. It just may be worse than 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'. If I mentioned any details, I may be accused of adding a spoiler, but I won't even waste my and your time 'cause this flick is not spoiled, it is rotten to the core. The concept, even though played so many times and to a much higher level of sophistication, may have been OK with much improved CG, dropping the nudie scene, and a script re-write.

Don't even waste your time unless you just want to take a peek for curiosity sake. If you do more than peek and hang to the end, I hate to say it, but you gotta get out more.

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