Monster of the Day #1221

MotD 1221

We’re out of T-Fest movies now, but let’s go back to one of Harbinger Down‘s ancestors.  We’ve featured this before, but there were plenty of monsters. That didn’t keep the film from being a disappointment, sadly, one of several utterly lame undersea monsters that year. Here we see that in addition to ripping off The Thing, it also ripped off Alien. So it must be twice as good!

  • Gamera977

    Kinda like ‘Future War’ was twice as good ‘The Terminator’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ by combining both movies. Or ROTOR was twice as good as ‘The Terminator’ and ‘Robocop’ by combining both of them!

    Good movie + Good movie + Incompetent film-makers= Steaming pile of krap….

  • Flangepart

    E-yeahhhhh…if Gypsy turned evil…

  • Eric Hinkle

    Uuugh, but does that look gross. Like it’s saying, “Kiss me… kiss me…” Shudder.

  • Nathan

    I actually kinda like the set up for this movie. The cast was likable, the performances pretty good, especially from Ernie Hudson (“Been through? Bitch were still here!”, Love that line.) But it was let down by the monster, and the script. Rare miss from Stan Winston. Having said that, I actually think the reverse chestburster scene in this is better then the one in Prometheus, despite a budget about .01% of the later.

  • Gamera977

    So it’s not the new Sci-Fi movie of the week about the Pentagon breeding a killer mutant species of sea cucumber – ‘Screamcumber!’ ;)

  • bgbear_rnh

    “The Maltese Sleep” was not as good as “The Big Falcon”.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    I think all the movies that were trying to rip off The Abyss that year were better than The Abyss. This is one I haven’t seen, but I bet it doesn’t have filthy hippies in it.

  • rtpoeman

    Considering that some species of sea cucumber react to an attack by literally pooping their guts out (they can regenerate them later), you probably won’t have to mutate them much…

  • Rock Baker

    Yeah, I seem to recall this one being the better of the lot. Not perfect by any means, but it had more going for it than the others. Particularly where the cast is concerned.

  • zombiewhacker

    Leviathan, I presume? Great premise undermined by lazy performances, lousy dialogue, and ambitious but unconvincing (practical) effects. Maybe George Cosmatos (Rambo 2, Cobra) wasn’t the best directorial choice, either.