Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 13 – Amphibious Creature of the Deep

For a third year, I’m going to be watching at least one horror DVD per day and writing a short review about them. I’ve acquired a new batch that I haven’t previously seen, so without any further delay. Let’s get to work.

Amphibious Creature of the Deep (November 2011)

Marine biologist Skylar Shane hires an expat charter boat captain, Jack Bowman, to help her find prehistoric life form samples in the north Sumatran Sea. During the expedition, they run into some of Jack’s ‘friends’, a gang of smugglers headquartered on a fishing platform in the middle of the sea. Tamal, an orphan sold into servitude on the fishing platform by his uncle, a ‘Dukun’ (sorcerer and master of black magic) shaman, begs Skylar to take him away. She empathizes with the boy, who reminds her of her lost daughter, Rebecca, and is determined to help him, not knowing what lurks beneath the dark inky water, waiting to surface. Ever since Tamal arrived, mysterious things begin to happen, until one by one the smugglers will be killed by the terrifying creature from the deep. In the middle of an eerie, violent storm, the animus inside Tamal grows stronger, calling for the ancient creature of his nightmares. Now Skylar and Jack must battle the terror – once locked deep in the abyss by an old civilization, as it is now about to resurface.

This is a Brian Yuzna film which should give you some idea of what to expect; weirdness.  This was filmed in Indonesia and it made me realize how flexible his style is.  There is some identifiable traits, but it’s mixed well with the local film tropes.  One sequence in particular looked like it could be from a modern version of Mystics in Bali.  It made me realize how heavily European-influenced his movies were from the period he was working in Spain.  Much like Bats from last week, the film has a fairly clear dividing line between the kind of effects used.  The practicals are from fair to good in quality while the CG effects are poor all around.  I would said that it equals out in the end and it’s worth viewing based on the Yuzna strangeness factor.

To hear our opinions on that very subject, listen to Motion Picture Meltdown’s episode on Society and I’ll be back tomorrow with another review.

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