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The next movie this month comes from the depth of the ocean in
1989. It is the film Leviathan and it wants to know……”How long can you hold
Actually, for little over a minute and I think that is ok for a
non-professional swimmer/diver. It is also a tagline that has literally no
connection to the film.
Set in the near future (so I guess this was supposed to be like
now or a few years prior?) a group of underwater miners working for the
Tri-Oceanic Corporation are almost at the end of their 90 day work rotation.
They have almost their quota and their also their wits end with their, work,
crew and life under the sea. While finishing their mining for precious sea
bottom minerals, one miner (the over sexed goof-off of the crew named known as
Six Pack) wanders off and happens to fall into a random ravine. As the crew
rushes to save him he reappears with a discovery. He has found a sunken Russian
Well, of course they are going to investigate this sunken ship
and bring back some loot! I mean if they didn’t there would be no real story
right? A safe is retrieved from the wrecked ship by the drinky horn-dog Six
Pack. Once opened the crew finds a bottle of vodka, some personnel files and a
few VHS casettes. The vodka gets pilfered by Six Pack and he skirts off to
share it with female crew member Bridget.
Meanwhile….the ship doctor and the mining rig C.O. Beck (Stephen
Beck, but everyone calls him Beck )investigate the tapes and the ship, which is
named Leviathan. Low and behold the Russian ship Leviathan is currently sailing
ocean and not at the sea floor. Wyrd!?!?!?! Also the video tapes show various
Russian crew members in various states of being bed ridden, ill and possibly
mutated?!?! The doc pieces together that the Russians were trying to make under
water soldiers and failed. So they apparently sunk the Leviathan and scrubbed
all information about this.
Well just then Six Pack and Bridget get all virus-like sick. Six
Pack dies from this “virus” but not before getting all fish scaly and gross. OH
NO!!! The vodka was the carrier for the Russian mutation stuff! Bridget sees
this and kills herself not wanting the same to happen to her. The doc and Beck
decide to dump the bodies and hide the fish man story. This sounds great until
the dead bodies begin to struggle as they are dumped out into the briny deep.
Of course a random leg gets clipped off and squirms away into the depths of the
mining rig habitat.
"Hey doc does this look infected?"
It soon mutates into an eel monster and begins to terrorize the
crew. Hell, it eventually forms itself into and amalgam of fish, eel and crew
members. Then it begins to destroy the mining rig and chase down the remaining
crew. Beck and the remaining gang have to fight for their lives and try to make
it back to the surface and safety.
There is also the whole story thread of the Tri-
Oceanic Corp. keeping the miners below the surface. See there is an approaching
hurricane and they can’t bring the crew up at the 90 day limit. They will have
to stay down there for safety and might as well work a few more days until the
storm passes. Harsh, but fair? Right? Well then the doctor also tells the
corporation bosses about the deadly genetic mutation outbreak by calling it a
virus. He does this to keep this genetic mutation from getting to the surface.
This leads to the Tri-Oceanic corporate goons to make a story of a horrible
mining accident and all the crew members were killed. It will hurt their stock,
but not as much as a virus or giant fish man mutation getting out to the world.
Yup! The evil corporate entity is evil bit.
Robocop hashes it out with evil corporate figurehead
Halloween month movie reviews. Here I’ll talk plot, star power/actor
potential (should this be better or worse given the cast), what was good, what
was bad and would I recommend it.
The first from the beneath the water themed October horror movies
is the 1954 release of TheCreature from
the Black Lagoon.
A geology expedition in the Amazon led by Dr. Carl Maia uncovers
some crazy fossil evidence that could link aquatic and land mammals. Of course
the fossil found is a wyrd large skeletal hand with webbed fingers. Dr. Carl
heads back to the states to tout his find to his buddy Dr. David. You know what
comes next……A full group of science nerds, and for some reason, the girlfriend
of one of them heads off to the Amazon to find more fossils and possibly the
remaining skeleton that belongs to this fossil hand.
"Lets go find us some fish man fossils!"
Now as they search around the shores of the river a heavily
scaled humanoid fish-man becomes curious of the party. He beastie is found
rummaging around their camp and scares a couple scientists. They panic and
attack the fish-man. It retaliates and kills the two of them. The dead
scientists are found by Dr. Carl and crew and assume this attack was done by a
jungle cat. They continue with their fossil search because why not. I mean
these were just lesser assistants and their deaths were just a part of the job.
The crew hop a boat and travel down river thinking they will find more fossil
evidence in the seclude and mysterious Black Lagoon. A body of wateroff the Amazon where nobody has ever returned
(insert World of Warcraft Murloc noise here)
Well now they have invaded the personal home of the fish man who
attacked the camp. He begins to terrorize the science crew, or maybe he is just
defending his home from invaders. Either way the scientists and boat crew have
a few skirmishes with the fish man. This leads to more scientist and boat crew
deaths and plots to capture and /or kill the fish man. The beast also falls for
the girlfriend of Dr. David as fish men are want to do. The cat and mouse game
of man vs. beast runs for a while until it grabs Kay, the girlfriend of Dr.
David, and takes her to his watery lair. Now Dr. David and Dr. Carl give chase
to rescue Kay and stop the monster.
Now lets go kill the living fossil fish man we found!
He is after our women!
This leads to an eventual showdown where Kay is saved by the
Dr.’s and the creature is riddled with bullets. The last we see of the beast is
it slowly sinking to the depths of the Black Lagoon. Dead…..OR IS IT!?!?!?!
I have no idea if this movie was full of soon to famous or
already famous. This is a big pass here since I have no idea who the cast of
this film is or was. I can say I didn’t hate any of the characters portrayed so….
Whomever they are/were they did good work for an old school monster movie.
For the Halloween season this year I’m staying away from
horror reboots. The last two years have been fairly unpleasant horror movie
watching with all the pointless remakes of all the various hooro films.
Now this year I am still going to do a theme when it comes
to some horror films.
I thought I would tackle a genre of horror that I haven’t
really been a big fan or really enjoyed.
These are creature features from a few different decades.
They are also relegated to B movie status, but that is
fairly common for all creature features.
I love me a good monster movie, but how will I fair when the
monsters come only from……..
…..beneath the water!!!!!!!
Yup this October I’m going to watch (and re-watch in one situation
after a double decade at least from the first view) a quartet of creature
features about underwater monsters.
I’m going to start in the 50’s with the best looking of the
original Universal movie monsters….The
Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Then I’ll leap frog all the way into 1989 for a pair of
undersea monsters from the same year. Oh how I love when Hollywood comes out
with dueling films about similar subject matter. Thatalways works forthem doesn’t it? I’ll view Leviathan and Deep Star Six.
Finally, I’ll stop in the reciprocal of 89 to 1998 to watch
So join me if you will as we set sail for proverbial
adventure and exploration below the watery depths! Let us see if we can find an
underwater creature movie that is as fun to watch as Jaws, less pretentious
than the Abyss and better than Sharktopus.
Creature Black from the Black Lagoon
The party made their way into the forest and began to travel
in the Frost Peak foothills. This is where they lost their way. They found it
increasingly difficult to follow tracks in and through the forested hills. Hour
and hours were lost travelling one direction only to realize they were off the
trail and needed to double back to where they started. It was several
frustrating hours later when the tracks had been lost again, but they found
something else. Several large shapes were stomping through the forest moving
parallel to the party. It was a party of four ogres carrying large clubs,
makeshift axes and a couple of bulky burlap bags. They were headed west and up
farther into the foothills. The party leapt on their horses and quickly rode
over to attack the beasts.
The adventurer’s leapt to action and laid into the ogres
with daggers, pistol, fists and bow.The
surprised ogres didn’t have time to mount much of a resistance since they were
( somehow ) surprised by four warriors on horseback charging them from the
woods! What happened next was a glorified dust up with the party sustaining
limited damage and the ogres being pasted yet again. These heroes don’t take
kindly to giant types and their associated ilk that was for sure. A quick recon
of the scene and they party found a well-worn trail leading to a large cave in
the hillside ahead. The ogres were carrying more foodstuffs in their rucksacks
as well. They guessed that all this food was to fuel the voracious appetites of
these large creatures. They quickly mounted up and rode off and up toward the
The party dismounted and approached the large and very
fragrant smelling cave entrance ( think wet earth mixed with bad onionsand boys locker room ). As they stood there
trying to devise a plan they were unaware that they were being watched from
within the cave. See for people and horses standing outside of a cave are very
easy to see if you are inside said cave and looking toward the entrance/exit.
The group soon heard the approaching heavy foot falls of two rapidly
approaching ogre sentries. Well it seemed that all their talking and planning
was for nothing. They drew weapons and moved to a more defensive posture. Still
it was only just two ogres right?
Well yes it was, but they put up more of a fight then the
party expected. The rouge took a horrendous hit to the head neck and chest from
a wide arcing swinging club. Even the monk was battered a bit by one of the
ogres, but he was able to shake it off with help from a couple of healing
potions. The quartet of heroes did their best to sneak through the dimly lit
cave until they reached a large and loud chamber.
The four adventurers mounted their horses and rod e off
following the footprints of ogres and at least one giant.
After a few hours of riding, the sun had almost set. It was
twilight and they would lose the ability to follow these tracks shortly. It was
then that the elf saw the signs of a small fire roughly a ½ mile away. The
party dismounted and slowly advanced on the location. Soon they were within
sight of a small camp full of ogres and what looked to half-ogres. These
creatures were sitting around a large fire and eating drinking and carrying on
without a care in the world. The group sent the rouge ahead to sneak into the
camp for more information. The dragonborn rouge agreed it was a sound idea and
smiled as he slipped into the shadows. The rest of the party prepared to take
action if the thief was discovered.
Several moments later an ogre was seen standing to stretch
and then he suddenly began to convulse, stumble and grasp at his neck. The
ogres in the camp sprang to action! Some went of weapons others began to cry
out in alarm. A pair moved to help their companion. It was too late for him as
he lurched forward and fell dead all the while coughing and chocking on the
stream of blood flowing from his slit throat. Behind him the beasts caught a
glimpse of a small dragonman before he seemed to disappear into the darkness
surrounding the camp.
Suddenly, arrows began to fly into the campsite. That was
followed by the sound of small explosions and hot lead shot infused with
magical fire. If that wasn’t enough, an unarmored human rushed into the camp and
began punching and kicking every ogre within reach. This was followed by the
dragonman reappearing to strike at the backs and flanks of others. It was
complete chaos in the campsite! Ogres struck out with crude clubs and axes.
Half-ogres fell defending their brethren. An ogre hoisted a ballista like a
crossbow only to lose his target in the shadows. The chaos of the battle ended
almost as quickly as it began. The ogres and their half-brothers were all
dispatched and the quartet of heroes was mildly unscathed. They made a quick
search of the camp and found more bags and barrels of food. They also found a
barrel full of silverware, silver place settings and candle sticks. These must
have been spoils taken from the plantation house. They grabbed some food and
the miscellaneous silver goods and made to make camp a few miles from this
location. As they bedded down for the night they noticed the nearby forest and
the begging of the foothills below the Frost Peak Mountains. This is where the
giant an ogre tracks were leading.
Three days and four nights of travel and the party
eventually made it to the region where the barbarian and giant raids had been
occurring. Their first stop was a moderately sized plantation where various
vegetables and grains were grown. What they found was a large home, a barn, a
silo and workers quarters that had been crushed, smashed and ransacked. The
nearby fields had also been cleared of crops. Nothing remained by torn roots,
vines and tufts of vegetation. The party dismounted and began to search the
They found boulders and what looked like ballista bolts in
the crushed ruins of the plantation home. The walls of the workers quarters and
the barn appeared to have been smashed open from the outside and then again
from within. All of these buildings had been ransacked and anything of value
looked to have been take. Also any food (even including animal feed) had been
taken as well. The grounds were also covered in the deep impressions made from
feet from very large humanoids. They continued to scour the grounds looking for
any survivors. All they found was the torn and what appeared to be gnawed left
arm of some unfortunate victim.
They decided to check out the battered silo before leaving
to follow the various giant tracks leading West. As they approached the silo
they saw the lower legs of what must be an ogre (by the size) sticking out from
behind the silo. It appeared it was lying down, possibly sleeping or relaxing.
They made their way toward it and then the legs twitched a little, but the
creature appeared to still be lying on its back. They made their way around the
building and discovered why the ogre was lying so still. It was dead. A large
form was hunched over the body stuffing handfuls of ogre remains into its maw.
It appeared to be a hill giant, but it was unlike any hill giant the party had
seen before. They were used to seeing a textbook description of a burly, hairy
and robust humanoid that stood 10 feet (or taller) and weighing upwards of a
ton. What they saw instead was an emaciated giant with mottled sagging skin. It
looked like the creature had gone through rapid weight loss. Upon its wrists
and ankles were shackles and the remains of think linked chains. Its only
attire was a worn and torn large animal skin that was covered in offal and
dung. The pathetic looking giant raised its head and upon seeing the quartet of
tasty morsels bellowed and lunged forward to try and grab a new and tasty
The party sprang to action! The rouge and monk deftly leapt
aside. The bard unleased a blast from his pistol as the farmer turned warrior
let arrows fly. The giant thrashed about grabbing, swatting and biting at
anyone near him. The rouge dodged large fist, but in doing so left himself open
to the beast’s gaping maw. The giant latched down on his leg and tried his best
to remove it in one bite. Thankfully the bard was nearby and his, limited but
still helpful, healing magic kept the rouge up (with both legs) and in the
fight. The monk was also able to doge a few swings, but not all of them. A
sizeable punch knocked him back, but he quickly recovered. The bard and
fighter/farmer continued to fire at the beast. This along with the weight of
attacks from the monk and the rouge’s sneak attacks soon laid the giant low. By
the look of the beast, they were definitely doing it a favor. They had no idea
who could and would keep a giant chained and in this type of starved condition.
They policed the area finding nothing but more tracks. They mounted up and rode
off as the sun started to set. They now knew there were giants and ogres active
in the area and they were going to try their best to stop them from doing
News of the giant and barbarian issues tricked down through
the city of Stonekeep. The city elders had decided to pay for scouting parties
to investigate the rumors of these apparent rumors of numerous giants and or
ogres invading the lands. After three parties did not return people backed off
volunteering to investigate the South West hills and farm lands.
Well that was until the town upped the price and four
adventurers thought it was easy money, had nothing better to do or just hated
the other options for work around the area.
Since the death of their barbarian friend (and the fallout
surrounding the return of his human noble family….who arrived to claim the body
their tower stronghold, the tavern that was almost finished and 1/3 of their
collected fortune) the dragonborn rouge, human monk and occasional elven bard
had no home, no job prospects and were looking for something to take their
minds off their new homeless situation. The monk happily took the job to
investigate these giant/ogre rumors. It seems he has a secret like of killing
giants that the party was unaware of. The trio made their way to the stables to
While at the stables the party’s conversation drew the
attention of one of the stable hands. He introduced himself as Chet and offered
to aid in this mission. See Chet was a simple farmer, but after the gnoll
attacks around Clovershire Keep he had come North looking for a job. His farm
had been sacked in the attacks and now he was working in the city and sending
back what money he made to his family. His combat prowess was…lacking is a good
term, but he was no stranger to a bow. He had even put his meager archery
skills to use during those gnoll attacks. The idea of making 100 gold crowns,
which is more money than he had ever seen in his life, for just a simple
scouting mission was too hard to pass up. The trio welcomed him and his bow to
The quartet of adventures made their way out of Stonekeep
and rode off to the lands Southwest in search of giants!