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ENDLESS DESCENT - 2 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1989 Dister Group
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Wick - Designer of the submarines Siren 1 and Siren 2.
  • Nina - Wick's ex wife who is a naval officer.
  • Capt Phillips - It's the DI from "Full Metal Jacket!" He plays the Siren 2's Commanding Officer and perishes with it.
  • Robbins - Government operative sent to ensure no one from Siren 2 returns alive.
  • Sven and Phillippe - Two divers, Sven is eaten by killer seaweed and Phillippe loses his leg to some weird mutant.
  • Skeets - Wants Anna bad, he gets chomped by the strange starfish monster.
  • Muller and Francisco - Muller is the engine room guy, he gets eaten by seaweed inside the ship (long story) while Francisco, the cook, drinks water contaminated by it.
  • Carlo and Flemming - Carlo is the doctor who get's eaten by a mutant eel, Flemming is the sub driver who is bit in the face by a mutant. Anna helps him out by blowing his head off.
  • Anna - Fairly pretty girl who is dragged into a DNA accelerator.
  • The numerous vicious monsters - There are more than I can count: killer kelp, giant sea slug thing, walking fish lizard, huge tentacle thing, burrow in wall with brains for eyes things, killer eel creature, the starfish from Hell, and kinda humanoid baby thing-a-ma-jigs.

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The Plot: 

This movie is pretty amusing for a few reasons, like multiple monsters and gory death scenes. When Anna blows Flemming's head off because he's infected it's pretty gooey. Siren 2 is dispatched on a "rescue mission" for the Siren 1 but it's all a farce, a government experiment with genetic engineering has gone wrong 27,000 feet under the ocean - in a natural air-filled cave at that. With genetic engineering thus presented we are delivered a horde of nasty killer abominations, my favorite is the killer kelp which infects it's victims. Sven encounters the kelp while diving in a dry suit only (any divers out there?) at 20,000 feet! A factoid here: the Guinness book lists the deepest human dive as 900 feet and the deepest submersible dive as 20,000 feet. The poorly designed Siren 2 is able to far exceed that record with a hull crush depth of 35,000 feet. At 27,000 feet they find the naturally air-filled cave where an SOS signal is coming from, investigating the cave thins out the cast nicely as the mutant beasts have a feast. Robbins nearly achieves his goal of destroying the facility and leaving no witnesses but quick thinking on Wick's part saves our heroes. Well, two of them, Capt Phillips stays behind to set off the Siren's self destruct after being infected by the kelp. The scenes are poorly lit at times but there are so many monsters and people getting munched I couldn't help but like this film.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Nobody wants to share a cabin with the seasick guy.
  • Top secret submarines navigate by sight and normally pass within 15 feet of obstacles.
  • A human being can dive in a dry suit at 20,000 feet.
  • Submarines are equipped with electric "cloaking devices."
  • Submarines have legs to "land" on the ocean floor with.
  • There are naturally air-filled caverns at 27,000 feet underwater.
  • Stay away from perfectly shaped tunnels dug into rock.
  • When on a sub don't drink the water.
  • Never stroll up to an out of control genetic accelerator.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 5 mins - Not a naked guy, ugh.
  • 9 mins - Bitch! (You'll have to see the scene)
  • 26 mins - A human corpse this far underwater and he doens't report it?
  • 27 mins - He's being eaten by seaweed! Well, it would help if he didn't pull it around himself.
  • 30 mins - Did he just say "Unt?"
  • 31 mins - Oh no! You're being attacked by a red dot!
  • 40 mins - You're going to drive a sub into a long cave?
  • 43 mins - A shipwide PA system but you make everyone meet in the messhall?
  • 53 mins - Some weird seaweed all over inside the ship and you have to touch it...
  • 64 mins - Anybody else notice the giant starfish thing on the ceiling?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note endless1.wav Phillips: "Hayes you can play with your pecker for all I care just as long as you don't do it in my control room. Dismissed!"
Green Music Note endless2.wav Muller: "Repairs checked unt double checked, like your ordered, sir."
Green Music Note endless3.wav Wick: "Tell Robbins to reverse the polarity of the ship's radar cloaking device. That should allow the outside electrical field to shock it!"
Green Music Note endless4.wav Nina: "From the abundant mutants it is obvious that the machine is still producing, God forbid that they reach the surface."

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Re: Endless Descent
Reply #17. Posted on March 29, 2008, 01:01:06 PM by Joe the Destroyer
I still intend, one day, to force myself to sit through this.  I was enjoying the ridiculous monster count, but I think the dialogue was what got me. 
Re: Endless Descent
Reply #18. Posted on February 25, 2009, 02:15:42 AM by FLU-BIRD
I can remeber a movie THE NEPTUNE FACTOR(OR DISASTER)WHERE THEY SEND THIS EXPERIMENTAL SUBMARINE DOWN TO SAVE THESE GUYS TRAPPED WHEN THE SEALAB SINK AFTER A QUAKE and can anyone ever remember VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA i mean the TV show came out with all sorts of monsters i mean like a GIANT OCTIPUSS ROCK CREATURES,A LIVING FLAME MONSTER A PLANKTON CREATURE A GIANT SEAWEED MONSTER AND EVEN A UNDERWATER SPIDER MONSTER AND EVEN WEREWOLVES AND MUMMIES
Re: Endless Descent
Reply #19. Posted on May 23, 2012, 07:59:26 AM by Ramadwarf
It's cheap, very cheap. It's watchable though, very watchable. You've got R. Lee Ermy, Jack Scalia, Ray Wise and that bird walking about acting. REALLY bad monsters killing people and a plot borrowed from all over the place. Plus Jerry Goldsmith's brother doing the music!  Cheers I thought it was really enjoyable for a one off hit. Nowhere near as good as 'Leviathan' (which to be fair was a complete rip off of John Carpenter's 'The Thing) or the big one, 'The Abyss'; but I think entertainment-wise it's on the same level as 'Deep Star Six' and 'Lords of the Deep'.

 I will admit to having rather high expectations for this film, mainly because I'd read so many reviews shouting about how many monsters there are in it. They're all sauntering about in the dark or blowing up just before you can make out the detail! And the trailer mentions the the effects were created by the makers of 'Alien' or 'Aliens' (don't remember), which is a pull. Then you catch a glimpse of one of them and wonder whether it was the guy who made the tea for the 'Aliens' special effects team that did it.

 Nevertheless I'll give the film a sweet thumbs up  Thumbup
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