Monster of the Day #457 Updated on April 12, 2012 By Ken Begg 17 Comments Like Joan Rivers and Michael Jackson, that Horror of Party Beach guy just went to the plastic surgery well way too often. Tweet Pin It Related PostsMonster of the Day #1551 (Apr 19, 2017) Monster of the Day #1550 (Apr 18, 2017) Monster of the Day #1549 (Apr 17, 2017) Monster of the Day #1548 (Apr 14, 2017) Monster of the Day #1547 (Apr 13, 2017) By Ken Begg http://jabootu.net Flangepart “Hey Kraken, gimme back my surfboard, ya jerk!.” bgbear_rogerh Can someone throw me a towel, I seem to have lost my trunks David Fullam I…hate…this…movie!!! Gamera977 Kokomo Joe? No, that’s my cousin, I’m Komodo Joe. Ken_Begg I concur, or anyway, I remember really disliking it back when I saw it in the theater. Bad summer for me, as there were three underwater monster movies due out (this, DeepStar Six & Abyss) and I didn’t like any of them particularly. I guess DS6 was the best of that sorry lot, but man, I really wanted to like at least one of them. bgbear_rogerh This is Leviathan? I must have really blocked it from memory. I vaguely recall Daniel Stern. Rock Baker Let me think, did I see this, or DEEP STAR SIX? Or did I see both? I might have, seems like they were roughly the same picture. I had forgotten what the monsters in either looked like. This is a deceptively promising still. I wound up with a copy of THE ABYSS. So much of that could have worked if only they’d been a bit more even handed in who the movie liked and didn’t like. Dumbest female lead in movie history. “Hey, I see something strange that I know is responsible for capsizing a nuclear submarine, I’LL GO TOUCH IT!” Seems the two actual monster movies insulted my intelligence slightly less, so they have that in their favor. The Rev. This is Leviathan? Man, I didn’t recognize that thing at all. I thought it was some Asian giant monster I’d somehow missed. I’m kind of relieved it’s not, actually. I haven’t seen either in forever, but I recall liking this slightly more than Deep Star Six. I never saw The Abyss. MrTongoRad I’ll have to check this one out again- haven’t seen it since it came out. Deep Star Six has really grown on me, though. After a few viewings you just don’t get annoyed by the stupid stuff anymore and go with the flow. Ken_Begg The thing about Leviathan is that it was a woefully obvious and quite tepid rip-off of Carpenter’s The Thing. DeepStar Six is was a more basic underwater monster movie (although it had too little monster action, if I remember correctly), and so I would assume it holds up better, although I haven’t seen either for a good long while. I do recall in the latter Miguel Ferrer playing the Dr. Smith character. I didn’t recall Daniel Stern being in Leviathan, but do remember Richard Crenna being in it. Actually, looking at it, Leviathan clearly was the much bigger picture, with a pretty big cast: Peter Weller, Amanda Pays, Crenna, Stern, Ernie Hudson, Meg Foster and Hector Elizondo. If you can’t make that cast work, you’re not doing it right. Gamera977 Is this the film where the guy finds a bottle of vodka with a mutagen in it that turns him into the monster? Or is that Deepstar 6? Or am I thinking of something else entirely? Ken_Begg Yeah, that sounds like Leviathan. MrTongoRad I really like anything Miguel Ferrer is in, he just pulls off that ‘stock arrogant character’ of his so well, but Deep Star Six really puts that to the test. The things his character does are so jaw-droppingly stupid and selfish that it does make you question the writers: “couldn’t they have come up with a better way of making this whole plot diversion happen?!!” After seeing it a few times, though, I’ve come to grips with it (I managed to snag a really cheap VHS tape a while back, so what the hell), but could see how people think that it ruins the movie. The Rev. Yeah, I’m pretty sure the mutating vodka is from Leviathan. It definitely wouldn’t be DS6 since the monster in that is some sort of unknown deep-sea lifeform. Gamera977 Thanks guys, I’d confused the two movies too. zombiewhacker Leviathan isn’t that bad, really. The premise was good. It’s the dialogue and the FX that does it in. zombiewhacker Also, if you haven’t seen The Thing, you’ll probably have trouble even following Leviathan. The Thing made it quite clear how the creature was able to replicate itself by infecting multiple hosts. Leviathan just assumes you’ll be able to figure that part out on your own.