Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Corin Nemec, Miriam McDonald, Daniel Wisler, Camille Sullivan, Gwynyth Walsh
Director: Paul Ziller
Release Date: 14 March 2009
Length: 87 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: TV
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars
“When a down-on-his-luck fishing boat captain (Corin Nemec) loses a crewmate on his last less-than-successful voyage, his fellow villagers join him in battling the savage sea creature that snatched the unfortunate sailor. The mutated anglerfish strikes again and again in this Sci-Fi Channel horror flick co-starring Miriam McDonald, Christie Laing, Gary Hudson, and Brandon Jay McLaren. Paul Ziller directs.” — Netflix.com
This is a surprisingly well-made horror movie that is quite entertaining. The monster is a voracious, amphibian creature who is comfortable on land and in the sea. They can blend into their surroundings like chameleons, but, if you look closely, you can see their outlines or feel that something is close by. They can spit a venomous slime that paralyzes its prey or kills them slowly if they are not eaten right away. They also have really long tongues that they wrap around people’s necks and choke them to death. The monsters are fast, smart and have really sharp teeth. They also look pretty scary. And they are breeding. Their young come onto land to feed and there is a small fishing village conveniently nearby.
One fishing captain and the town drunk claim to have seen a creature in the water and it leaves a weird, slimy residue behind when it comes on land and feeds. A visiting marine biologist gets in on the action and they try to get the townsfolk to believe them, but, of course, no one does. The characters are pretty 1 note in this movie and, while you won’t find any great acting, the older actors in the movie were actually pretty decent. The younger actors were poor and dragged the movie down as they were featured in several scenes and they just couldn’t stop coming off as a little self-conscious and fake. The special effects that they used to create the monsters were really good. These creatures looked real and were very creepy. They also used a cool camera trick to show you what the world looks like through their eyes. They track sound and so humans are easy prey, but their vision does not look at all like ours. I thought that this was a nice touch and added a unique aspect to this film.
Again, as with a lot of horror films, I did not feel like the people in the film reacted in normal ways. People, friends, family members, boyfriends & girlfriends, townspeople you have known your whole life, are dying all around you and you just keep going on like everything is normal. If my boyfriend was snatched right in front of my eyes, I would 1) want to ensure that they were really dead before leaving them behind, 2) freak out a little bit about it right then, and 3) have a meltdown after I was safe that someone I loved was killed in such a horrible fashion. These seem like normal human responses, but they are completely missing in this movie, which was a shame as this movie was so close to being a really well done creature feature. If you have the opportunity to catch this movie on TV, it is a suspenseful horror/thriller with a monster that seems unkillable hunting down humans as its prey. This movie is nothing unique, special or even particularly memorable, but I enjoyed it.
A lot of people die in this movie. Heads are bitten off, people are strangled to death, victims are slimed and paralyzed (enabling the monsters to eat their victims alive) and more. Monsters are attacked and killed. Blood spurts all over the place and things get pretty gruesome. There is some strong language, some sensual scenes and lots of bad acting. Recommended for ages 16 and up.