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John-o
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« on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

  Speak of the devil! I saw this film only a few days ago, and now here's a review of it on badmovies.org! I had wanted to see this film for a long time, having a great fondness for the trashy and outlandish, and yes...that sex scene, the part with the eggs, and the general excess of muck, make this one of the more filthy horror movies I have seen.  I just wanted to drop a comment about the dubbing in particular, because it occurred to me while I watched it, that either the people that produced the dub simply DIDN'T respect this movie and didn't care, or they THOUGHT that writing a hack script (hey, I'm not saying the original script must have been genius or anything) and doing poorly directed 1-take a.d.r. sessions would increase this film's camp value.  Personally, I think it might be a case of both; the dub simply smacks of apathy, and really does detract from what is otherwise a great, campy, and truly trashy horror flick.  I mean, for christ's sake, there's a scene where two characters are obviously only talking, but the dub actor SHOUTS all of his lines.  In other parts, it sounds like the dialogue (usually revolving around plot points) has been rewritten to sound even more implausible and campy, but the effect by this point - after a tireless assault of dubalicious incompetence heaped upon your ears and your brain - is that you will merely be annoyed by these details, and will probably snort in disgust and WISH you could smack around someone that was involved in the process.  Even the scientist's ramblings which, being RAMBLING, you wouldn't think would be all that difficult to dub with any ammount of conviction, seem ramshod and as if they are purposely, delinquently, attempting to have as LITTLE to do with the character that they are supposed to represent - and even LESS to do with the movements of his lips - as possible.  No doubt in my mind, this film would be MUCH more engaging (though still, yes, FAR from any real praise) if it actually had a decent dub.  Still was pretty enjoyable though.
On the dvd, there's also a brief interview with the director, Al Passeri.  He kind of comes of as a weenie, but it's obvious that he was very enthusiastic about this film (he's sharing the screen with one of his killer fish on a spear, I believe (or am I imagining that part?) and his stop-motion tentacle monster - this thing is practically BEGGING to be in a hentai film) and that he enjoys what he does.  It makes me feel pretty bad that his film got railroaded with such a s**tty dub.
  Complaints about the dub aside, the editing is pretty damn poor at times (the random clips of a rampaging fish being inserted into the part where the kids are still stuck in their raft and haven't even SEEN the ship yet come to mind - come on, Al, how about some SUSPENSE? Never mind that, how about a little coherence?) and I HAVE to make note of the ship's interior: these are scientists conducting these experiments with the plankton and the prehistoric fish, right? SCIENTISTS.  So WHY does the interior of the ship look like some nauseating aquatic-themed nightclub??? Hey, their experiments made no sense at all anyway, right? And their experiments CERTAINLY bordered on the illegal, right? Maybe these guys are just like the "teenagers" of our story; they all went to a second-rate party university to get their degree in biochemistry (or nearest equivalent), then one night they went out in their yacht to party, they got REALLY drunk, and THEN one of them said "Hey ever'body! I've got an idea! ...Let's conduct some exper'ments on a speeshees of preh'storic fish and see if they can FLY and kill some people and s**t."  I wouldn't be surprised if they were drinking shooters out of those little finned bastid's mouths before things went awry.  THEIR idiot's party must have ended only moments before the teener's idiot party began! Anyway, it's the ship where the party never ends.  Don't forget to clean up that vomit before you're done, kids!

  By the way, the blonde in the bathing suit - it's the UGLIEST thing I've ever seen.  Parents have put their 6-YEAR-OLDS in less embarassing swimwear than the thing she's got on.

  Movies I've seen recently which I'd recommend: The ALIEN FACTOR (just released on dvd, SO low budget, SO cheesy, and unless I'm mistaken, it's the most interesting that's happened in Baltimore in the last 50 years - so so GOOD!) and Dark Star (John Carpenter and Dan O'bannon do more with a student film than a lot of directors with much higher budgets and INFINITELY less ingenuity could ever hope to accomplish)

  If you want to feel pain, intense pain, I HEARTILY recommend Evils of the Night.  It has enough soft-core porn filler to fill a late night slot on cinemax.  It has space lesbians.  It has John Carradine.  It does not have much else.  These may sound like good things, but they are not.  It is painful.  As soon as you begin watching it, you will wish that it will end.  I must someday write a review of this to ward off those wary enough to be sucked in by it's hollow promises.  Like Killjoy, it WILL kill joy.  In your heart.  Forever.  Hear me people, I ONCE WAS A MAN!

                                                    -John-o
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StatCat
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

Have had the dvd of this one for awhile. There isn't much to say but this is truly low grade Italian horror garbage thats pretty random and funny. Along with this one, Graveyard Disturbence, city of the walking dead, and rats you can pretty much drop your IQ several notches and you might even begin to talk like the ever confused Claudio Fragasso- the man behind zombie 4 and even troll 2 (refer to his shriek show dvd interviews and you'll know what I mean...) Favorite quote from this one "get out you bastards!" by the ship itself.
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BoyScoutKevin
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

As for someone finding an unknown powder, sticking their finger in it, then sticking their finger in their mouth, it may be stupid, but it is not unnatural. Indeed, I think alot of humans would do what the character in the film did. I know, when I found a unknown powder spilled on the kitchen floor, I stuck my finger in it, then stuck it in my mouth. Fortunately, it turned out to be sugar and not ant poison. Of course, if it was ant poiosn, I probably wouldn't be around to post this.
As for the stop frame animation, you think some progress would be made in 13 years. Ray Harryhausen did it better in 1981 in "Clash of the Titans,"then whoever is resposible for the stop frame animation in this film.
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Poplok
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2007, 10:57:15 AM »

me and a friend decided to watch this, mainly to make fun of it. It was, without doubt, the world's worst film.

A few Points got him and me:

1. why do the 5 idiots all have an obsession about "Going Down Below"?
    This has now become a catchphrase of ours (Hey, Let's go down Below, Yeah, let's go down below)

2. Why did we never find out who owned "Those Shoes"?

3. The Professer's injection, which there had been a build-up of throughout, never did ANYTHING! POINTLESS WASTE OF FILM!

4. What the hell was the eyeball creature??? What was the point???

5. Didn't Mike's yelling whilst smashing the bowls sound really, REALLY, Pitiful?

6. They each said "Be Careful" WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much. DUH, I WAS ACTUALLY THINKING OF RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, BUT I GUESS BEING CAREFUL WOULD MAKE A LITTLE MORE SENSE!!!!! DUMBEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!

7. They didn't throw Bobby overboard. If i were on that boat, his ass would go flying within 20 minutes of boarding.

8. Was it the Director's Decision to not make the girls borrow some clothes, or was it in the script???

9. HOW COULD YOU FORGET HAVING SEX WITH A CREATURE THAT HAD IT'S EYEBALL FLY IN YOUR MOUTH???? JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!
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FLU-BIRD
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009, 04:00:25 PM »

You have to agree the creatures are funny looking rather then being scary looking
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2011, 09:46:13 PM »

I've seen this one a few times and I must admit I liked this flick. I mean, by all means this is a terrible film but the special effects are hilariously bad and the stop motion monster was worth seeing. Also, the ship yelling "warning! warning!" had me on the floor!
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2012, 12:50:38 PM »

I actually did own this film on dvd, but watched it only once. As I found it highly stupid and more funny than of an horror film though.
They put anything on a disc though. As I found the film ''Totally Rubbish'' I gave my dad the dvd.
It is pure junk on a disc basically.
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