Have Your Say: The Deepest Dive Into The Abyss
In 1986, James Cameron's Aliens totally blew my mind. So when I heard his next film, The Abyss, was going to take place in the deep sea, featuring strange creatures, teenage me jumped for joy! And while I know the film has its flaws and lots of people don't like it, I totally love The Abyss to this day.
But rewind a bit to when that film was still being made. It was a huge, difficult and expensive undertaking, and went over-budget and well over its original deadline. Thinking Cameron might be on to something, predators were closing in, smelling blood and gold. Several deep-sea creature films spawned at different studios in the late eighties, and some of them even managed to be released before The Abyss (taking away a lot of its setting's novelty).
Me being me, I tried to see all of these whenever available, which in the Netherlands mostly meant VHS. Cheap or expensive, decent or terrible, I didn't care. I loved this sub-genre, pun intended. In fact, I still love it to this day. You can wake me up for a friendly revisit of Leviathan or Deep Star Six, and recently I succumbed to the no-budget charms of Endless Descent aka. The Rift, from which I took the picture of the... ehm... dragon starfish above. C'mon, what's not to love in that shot?
Hell, even the truly awful I-can't-believe-it's-not-porn marine horror called Plankton aka. Creatures from the Abyss was fun, and it provided me with plenty of cringed laughs at least (see the mouth-popping picture here). Although with that title I was scraping the bottom of the barrel so hard, I may have punched a hole in it by accident.
Or did I? My question of the week to you all is: have I missed any gems in the strange-creatures-from-beneath genre, new or old? And on the non-gem end, did I reach the bottom of that abyss, or are there even worse, more laughable films I should check out?
Chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!
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