Complete with a crew of intrepid explorers, the vessel DeepStar Six sets sail on a daunting mission to establish a top-secret nuclear Navy base on the ocean floor in this 1989 thriller starring Greg Evigan, Miguel Ferrer and Nancy Everhard.
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Sean Cunningham will always be most remembered for jump-starting the lazy F13 slasher films. Yet, where those films are poorly written and (especially now) generic-- obviously designed for teenagers, which I was at the time when I loved them-- Deepstar Six, despite its horror being modest much of the time, has characters that are well focused on. Thus, it's quite smart and well developed, despite its restraint.
I thought would be a mess but found this to be quite enjoyable despite the movie´s limitations. Storywise we get a watered down copy of better movies but I tought the casting and acting was pretty solid and the story wasn´t half bad for a movie like this. And the fact that it takes almost the whole movie to get to the creature (which looks ridiculous) was a plus in my book. So all in all I was pleasantly surprised!
Competent direction successfully creates the feel of claustrophobia but it's the screenplay that brings the story to life. No single character is wasted for killing count, each of them brings their uniqueness in personality and manners - which leads to series of confrontations that are just as important as the horror from the deep. Add ambitious special effects and this is one the most underrated creature features.