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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.

Buy It!

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 

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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Skeets says hello to the starfish from Hell.

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Endless Descent
Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by parasital mucus consumer
It was nice,but it was not  quite great scenes,but  i liked the one scenary a lot.It's a  good movie it is cool!
Endless Descent
Reply #10. Posted on April 11, 2002, 06:13:58 PM by David
Endless descent (La Grieta) Es una de mis peliculas favoritas, tiene un argumento que me va bastante, el unico problema que encuentro en la pelicula son los efectos especiales, el submarino esta bien hecho pero podrian haberse esmerado un poco y haber sacado mas imagenes subacuaticas
Endless Descent
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Neville
Piece of useless Trivia: the actor who plays Sven, one of the divers, is Pocholo Martínez Bordiú, loosely related to the deceased dictator Francisco Franco. He's been in a couple of "Miami Vice" episodes and he's a minor celebrity in Spain after appearing in several Big Brother-esque realities.

About the movie itself, it's actaully OK, some of the best Juan Piquer Simon ("Slugs") has ever done. It's like on of those 50s sci-fi movies, but with some light gore, in the vein of those Italian Alien rip-offs. I watched it a few times when I was a kid and found it entertainning, if a bit silly.  
Endless Descent
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Alex
I thought this was a pretty good movie.
It had good speial effects and a great musical score by joel goldsmith.
Worth a rent.
Endless Descent
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Randomosity
The Captain's real name is R. Lee Ermey.

He not only was the DI from "Full Metal Jacket", but also stared in "Siege at Firebase Gloria", and hosts the show "Mail Call" on the History Channel.

Now, if I wanted to rent this movie from say...Blockbuster, should I look for "Endless Descent" or "The Rift"?
Endless Descent
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2003, 06:03:29 AM by DJ Inferno
I liked this film. A variety of monsters, good cast, good flick/
Re: Endless Descent
Reply #15. Posted on January 16, 2007, 05:47:45 PM by Dave Coleman
as the screenwriter hired to literally rewrite the project in a matter of weeks for juan piquer simon and executive producer dino de laurentiis, i had to combine earlier drafts by such diverse talents as colin wilson (great draft but literally 200+ pages of scientific jargon, accurate but deadly dull), a young duo who sold the pitch, etc.

the producers had already built the sets.  i was flown to spain to 'rewrite' the script with a week's notice and had to scramble just to get a passport in time for the departure.  in spain, i was told that each day, my writing would be read by dino via fax in the united states.  if dino liked it?

the project kept going.  if not?  they pulled the plug, because they'd already spent a ton of dough on the sets and didn't want to waste any more on, you know, a writer.   Drink

finally, they liked what they read, because while it was ALIENS and the other underwater flix in 'hommage,' the real love and drive were for the Godzilla and 'bad' 50's SF flims which i missed so much.   i tried to sneak in every reference i could to other films of these genres, because i figured this would be my best shot.

nobody cared that it was cliched, as it was shootable.  i felt like quite a pro.

the film is undeservedly obscure.  one of the editors cut FIVE EASY PIECES and worked on CONAN!  the sound score by joel goldsmith is very good for a low budget film and ditto for the efx, far better than you would ever expect.

the story?  utter nonsense, as folks have rightly critiqued.  still, i would be remiss if i didn't say that in its own goofy way, the twisted logic of the story is as nightmarishly "incoherent" as a true nightmare (similar to the one i was living at the time attempting to write my way out this mess). 

hope the notes helped!
Re: Endless Descent
Reply #16. Posted on March 09, 2008, 02:30:27 PM by Giant Claw Jr
ind of like that 60s sci fi series VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA where they would meet some pretty strange underwater ceatures like plankton monsters,fosslemen,seaweed ceatures,giant spider,underwater pirate ships,giant octapuss,sqiuds,sharks,sawfish,and being swollowed by a whale
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