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Amphibious Creature of the Deep (2010)

Amphibious 3D (original title)
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Marine biologist Skylar Shane hires an expat charter boat captain, Jack Bowman, to help her find prehistoric life form samples in the north Sumatran Sea. During the expedition, they run ... See full summary »

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Brian Yuzna

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San Fu Maltha, John Penney (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Verdi Solaiman ... Andi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammad Aditya Mohammad Aditya ... Big Rudi (as M Aditya)
Steven Baray Steven Baray ... Rizal
Dorman Borisman Dorman Borisman ... Bimo
Francis Bosco Francis Bosco ... Boss Harris
Janna Fassaert ... Skylar Shane
Mikael Cakrawala Jehian Mikael Cakrawala Jehian ... Aris
Francis Magee ... Jimmy Kudrow
Timo Ottevanger Timo Ottevanger ... Logan
Joshua Pandelaki Joshua Pandelaki ... Officer Santoso
Michael Paré ... Jack Bowman
Ida Jessica Peter Ida Jessica Peter ... Rebecca Shane
Ronald Reagen Ronald Reagen ... Rizal
Elke Salverda Elke Salverda ... Julie
Bambang Budi Santoso Bambang Budi Santoso ... Tamal's Uncle
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Marine biologist Skylar Shane hires an expat charter boat captain, Jack Bowman, to help her find prehistoric life form samples in the north Sumatran Sea. During the expedition, they run into some of Jack's 'friends', a gang of smugglers headquartered on a fishing platform in the middle of the sea. Tamal, an orphan sold into servitude on the fishing platform by his uncle, a 'Dukun' (sorcerer and master of black magic) shaman, begs Skylar to take him away. She empathizes with the boy, who reminds her of her lost daughter, Rebecca, and is determined to help him, not knowing what lurks beneath the dark inky water, waiting to surface. Ever since Tamal arrived, mysterious things begin to happen, until one by one the smugglers will be killed by the terrifying creature from the deep. In the middle of an eerie, violent storm, the animus inside Tamal grows stronger, calling for the ancient creature of his nightmares. Now Skylar and Jack must battle the terror - once locked deep in the abyss by ... Written by Anonymous

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You Are What It Eats


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

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Skylar's laptop cover is emblazoned with the words "Miskatonic Oceanographic". This is an in-joke. Miskatonic University is a fictional university in the equally fictional town of Arkham, Mass., created by the writer HP Lovecraft. It was first mentioned in Lovecraft's 1922 story "Herbert West : Reanimator", which was filmed in 1985 with Stuart Gordon as director and Brian Yuzna as producer. See more »

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The textbook on the table next to Skylar's laptop during her first scene has the misspelled title "Standard Methosds" on the spine. Later 0:37:56 we can see that the correct title "Standard Methods" is printed on the cover. See more »

Connections

References 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Those Eyes
(Mikkel Maltha (as M. Maltha))
Performed by Jolien Grunberg
Produced by Jack Pisters and Fons Merkies
Guitars: Jack Pisters
Drums: Victor Dirks
Bass: Jamie Van Hek
Recorded and Mixed by Jonas Filtenborg
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Not the brightest moment for Yuzna here...
17 January 2012 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I watched this movie in lack of having better to watch. And my interest was heightened when I saw that Brian Yuzna was behind this movie.

And now that I have seen it, I sit here with somewhat of a feeling of having just sat through a late 80's - early 90's horror movie. It didn't seem like it was from 2010 at all. The storyline was pretty much what you've seen in movies back then.

The story is pretty vague. Some researcher is doing work in the ocean somewhere in Asia, and she comes upon some awakened monster that preys upon a local fishing platform. There is some sub-plots about Tamal, about children being held against their will as work slaves and such, but there never really was a greater red line throughout the movie. And you are left wondering, where did this monster come from, how could it have survived for that long, and most importantly of all, just a big why, why, why at most things in the movie.

"Amphibious" was dragged down by a tedious storyline that would have worked better back in the 80's or 90's, but even more so was weighed down by horrible dialogue and pretty bad acting. Sure there were moments of clarity, but in overall, the acting done by the native Indonesians cast for the movie was less than halfhearted. And also one thing comes to mind, why would they be speaking English and not Bahasa Indonesia at a remote location like that? It just didn't make sense.

Now, one of the two things the movie did have working in its favor, was that it worked well at building up suspense. Brian Yuzna is great at doing that, and managed to pull it off in "Amphibious" nicely enough. And the second part that worked well for the movie was the creature itself. Sure, you have to look past the fact that it is a gargantuan scorpion that lives under the water. But once you get past that stupid flaw, then the creature was actually nicely made, and it looked real enough. So hats off for the special effects team on "Amphibious".

I enjoy horror movies, and "Amphibious" was, sadly enough, below average. And I doubt that it is a movie that I will ever be sitting down with for a second watching. The movie is good enough for a single watching, then it is bagged, tagged and forgotten.


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English

Release Date:

November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Indonesia

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$78,506
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