Wednesday, September 21, 2011

365 Movies Day #175 "Leviathan"

You just can't go wrong with Peter Weller. Even if it's kind of a rip off of "Alien" and "The Thing", seeing him and Ernie Hudson kick ass together is worth the watch. This film is brought to you by George P. Cosmatos, who passed in 2005. He was also responsible for films like "Rambo II" and "Cobra".

Now this is Weller's first hit on the blog and it won't be his last. Expect to see more on films like "Screamers" and who can forget him in his ultimate role as RoboCop?! Ernie Hudson is best known for "Ghostbusters" and "The Crow", but I'm getting ahead of myself.

The film is about a team of undesea miners some time in the future who are 3 miles below the ocean's surface and on their last days of a 90 day mission. When they find a sunken Russian vessel, everything goes to hell and they find themselves the prey of one of Stan Winston's freakiest creations. The film, again, borrows much from "Alien" and "The Thing", but it's super cool. My only gripe is that the ending is a bit weak and rushed, but it's definitely a fun flick.

The rest of the crew are played by some solid folks. Richard Crenna, best known as Trautman from the "Rambo" series and who sadly passed in 2003, plays the station's doctor. Suit techie and British cutie Willie is played by Amanda Pays of the old "Flash" and "Max Headroom" series. Daniel Stern ("Home Alone", "City Slickers") plays cheauvenist pig, Six Pack. Mechanic wiz Cobb is played by Hector Elizondo ("Pretty Woman"). Rounding out the crew are Bowman, played by Lisa Eilbacher and DeJesus, played by Michael Carmine. Carmine died the year this film was released. He was only 30 years old.

With none of these folks being seen before on the blog, thankfully we have Meg Foster as the evil coroprate no-gooder. Meg was also in "THE MINUS MAN" and "THEY LIVE" though some of you who have been around for a bit may remember her as Cagney from Cagney and Lacy!!!

Good B-movie sci-fi horror with a fun cast and some excellent monster effects by Mr. Stan Winston. Hope you enjoy.


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