Not all aliens come from outer space
Horror fans always have that go-to movie that we can play over and over again. We know all the lines, will even replay our favorite parts until the VHS begins to gets squiggly. There are different aspects of the film that pique our interest as well as making them special in our minds and imaginations. For me that movie is the 1989 Sean S. Cunningham film DeepStar Six. First off for any of you who are crazily unaware, Sean Cunningham is the father of one of horror’s most iconic figures: Jason Voorhees.
An undisclosed distance in the future brings us six impossible miles down to the bottom of the ocean where a naval program is being implemented by a group of scientists, naval officers and contractors. This team has already gone over their allotted time and is rushing to complete a weapons sled for nuclear missiles. When seismic readings show that the entire area is sitting on a large undocumented cavern the team attempts to collapse the cavern revealing an even larger than expected anomaly of open space deep within the earth’s crust.
My favorite part is the reveal of the creature which is worth waiting for and that is when things begin to get a little bloodier and intense (warning:there is a scene where a guy explodes from decompression).
Deepstar Six appears to be just another copy of Alien (1979) but I would say the overall spirit of the movie is more like The Abyss (1989). Actually writer Lewis Abernathy was friends with James Cameron and isn’t impossible to imagine these two discussing under water sagas involving monsters rising from the deep.
This movie has what it takes to be a contender in the B-80’s category, I would consider it schlocky but not campy but t then again what in the 80’s wasn’t schlockey? The creature is believable and in my opinion much better than the cheesy effects seen in other popular 80’s Scifi/Horror. If you are a fan of Cunningham and like the underwater horror category do yourself a favor find DeepStar Six it on Amazon or itunes. Enjoy a classic and fun movie that will have you reminded of how good movies were before CG engorged explosion fests.