|Image at left from Shane Marais; center image from Blumhouse; image at right from Film-Cine.|
For my horror at sea theme this week, I have selected three (instead of the usual two!) movies that cover very different sorts of terrors. "Deep Rising" (1998) is a creature feature, where the passengers on a luxury cruise ship are threatened by a particularly nasty denizen of the deep. In "Below" (2002), a ghostly presence with a grudge haunts the crew of a World War II submarine. The third film, "Virus" (1999), is a science fiction-based tale of menacing alien life forms aboard a seemingly abandoned research vessel discovered by a salvage ship crew. No matter how you feel about oceans, these movies will have you thinking twice before venturing out to sea!
Bonus Classic: One of the better B-movies from the mid-twentieth century, "It Came from Beneath the Sea" (1955) warns of the consequences of nuclear testing, a common theme for these sorts of films from this era. I especially like the fact that one of the scientists is a smart, no-nonsense woman (at least as envisioned by the film industry at the time!). An added bonus is the special effects by Ray Harryhausen, generally acknowledged to be the master in this field.
Gore Guide (0=none to 5=extreme): 5 for "Deep Rising", 4-5 for the other two movies, 0 for the bonus classic