Friday, December 15

In 'deepstar Six' (1989), No One Cares If You Scream

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Starring: Taurean Blacque, Nancy Everhard, Greg Evigan, Miguel Ferrer, Nia Peeples, Matt McCoy, Cindy Pickett, Marius Weyers, Elya Baskin, Thom Bray, and Ronn Carroll.

Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham.

Released: January 13th, 1989.

When it comes to underwater science fiction flicks, James Cameron’s “The Abyss” is by far the best choice, even to this day (although “Deep Blue Sea” had a few moments of interest here and there). Also released in the same year as “The Abyss” was a whole entourage of underwater science fiction films that dealt with aquatic alien beings – There was “Lords of the Deep”, “The Evil Below”, “The Rift”, “Leviathan”, and “DeepStar Six”.

This take on the underwater alien tale, “DeepStar Six”, depicts a struggling crew onboard an underwater military structure who are trying to survive the attacks of a very large aquatic creature. Sean S. Cunningham directs this underwater version of “Alien”, this man has good string of directed and produced horror flicks under his belt, including a heavy influence on the “Friday the 13th” and the “House” films.

I like Sean S. Cunningham, he’s very good at what he does, but the script for “DeepStar Six” simply doesn’t cut it in terms of an interesting flick. “DeepStar Six” is a clone of “Alien” in every sense of the word albeit with an underwater setting; at least James Cameron didn’t go this route with “The Abyss”. Without a doubt, this is a by-the-numbers “Alien” movie. Crew of six to eight people that die off one by one? Check. Big spaceship? Check. Lots of military and technological mumbo-jumbo? Check. A vicious and ugly creature of unknown origins? Check. An evil crew member who’s trying to jeopardize the survival of everyone else? Check. An anti-climatic ending? Check. It’s all right here in this cliched script. Read more…


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