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DEEP RISING - 4 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1998 Calamari Pictures
Reviewed by Jerome Saincantin on 21 June 2001

The Characters:  

  • Finnegan - Treat Williams! The good guy. He's cool incarnated: barely flinching every now and then and even remains icy when kissed by Famke Janssen. What a guy!
  • Trillian - Famke Janssen! Finnegan's girl, the only survivor from the Argonautica. Wanted for burglary, picking pockets, and the attempted murder of her former boyfriend. You're in for a treat, Treat.
  • Joey Pantucci - Kevin J. O'Connor! Finnegan's mechanic and comic relief sidekick. Joey is a living example of how both bad guys and mother nature hate a loudmouth. Likable though.
  • Simon Canton - Anthony Heald! Weak and greedy owner of the Argonautica, plots its plundering and sinking for financial reasons. Completely fictional character - who'd be dishonest enough to do such a thing? Gets mightily blown up, hooray.
  • Hanover - Wes Studi. Leader of the mercs group, thus a tough guy with a nasty streak. Gets eaten alive after shooting at Joey instead of shooting himself. Misfires are here to punish the evil ones!
  • Captain Atherton - Derrick O'Connor. Captain of the liner; probably the only really straight guy in the cast. Folded in two and eaten like an appetizer.

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The Plot: 

On one hand, we've got a luxury liner making its maiden cruise whose passengers include a sexy burglar and a crook. On the other hand, we have a small, very fast ship full of mercenaries and torpedoes, whose crew is asking too few questions. In the middle, a member of the Ottoia family, and no, that's not a drug lord. It's a giant priapulid worm.

Now, here's how it goes: the crook also owns the ship and wants it sunk to get the money from the insurance; the mercs hired the boat and its crew to get them to the ship so they can plunder it and then sink it; the burglar's apparently here for a necklace; and Treat and friends are in for the money. Trillian gets caught and thrown into the cold room, Canton sabotages the ship's computers, Hanover takes over Finnegan's boat, and it's all going according to plan until the Ottoia crashes the party big time.

The fun starts here. The mercs, with Finnegan and Joey in tow, board the ship and find it an empty wreck. They eventually find a few survivors in the secure vault, including Canton and the Captain, but at the same time their second group is attacked. While running for their lives Joey and Finnegan stumble upon Trillian. By the time they finally regroup in a relatively secure area and amiably chat about what exactly happened on this damned ship, half the mercs are dead and they've seen what's left of the passengers.

From then on, it's a simple question of escaping from the bowels of the liner, going back to Finnegan's damaged ship and repairing it, avoiding being eaten by the incredibly nasty, smart, fast, tough and omnipresent worms, and of course anticipating all the double and triple-crossing that such a party can generate. Piece o' cake for a man such as Finnegan (of course)! All this done, the beastie blown up, and the baddies dead, he and his girl reach the providential deserted tropical island and settle in for a happily-ever-after life of sex and coconut-sauce crab.

Or do they...?

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • ALWAYS ask what the job is...
  • Don't use your galley/cold room as a brig; not unless you've got way more appetizers than you need!
  • You should always have mechanical backup systems for a computer-controlled ship. Oars, maybe.
  • To open an electronic door, just close your eyes and stick a hairpin into the circuits.
  • Chinese weaponry is VERY impressive.
  • "The Girl from Ipanema" will never again summon the same images for me...
  • NEVER, EVER say anything like: "I'm asking you, how could it get worse?" Murphy's listening.
  • When you're paired up with an absolute bastard, don't ask what you're gonna feed the beasties to slow them down...
  • Creatures living in complete darkness 40,000 feet under the sea need eyes and the ability to roar mightily.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 9 mins - Mercenary bonding rituals. What high levels of ambient testosterone can do to IQs.
  • 21 mins - Things to do when danger is afoot: PANIC! You'll never sit on the toilets again without a slight apprehension...
  • 32 mins - Mercs' reflection time, then more RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A CASINO!
  • 41 mins - Best anti-burglar system I've seen...
  • 56 mins - The bad guy shows off his knowledge of nasty, brutish, and mostly unheard of sea critters. End of the scientific minute, we go back to the slaughter.
  • 72 mins - Remove the pin of Mr. Grenade before you throw him...
  • 87 mins - Sometimes it pays that your partner is a poor shot.
  • 91 mins - Damage control technology leaves something to be desired in those modern cruise liners.


  • "Thank you, Joey..."
  • Finnegan: "Well, I guess we're stuck on this island."
    (Big kiss by marauding Famke Janssen.)
    Finnegan: "Well I guess we're stuck on this island..."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note deeprising1.wav Hanson: "You're not the least bit curious as to where we are going?"
Finnegan: "Like the sign says: 'If the cash is there, we do not care.'"
Green Music Note deeprising2.wav The group discussing their options.
Green Music Note deeprising3.wav Trillian: "This is not good."
Joey: "Are we talking some kind of mutated sea monsters here?"
Merc (Mason): "Who gives a s**t what they are?"
Green Music Note deeprising4.wav Finnegan: "You know how to use that?"
Trillian: "Yeah, if something comes at me I'll just pull the trigger 'till it goes away."

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Trillian, Joey, and one of the mercenaries (Mason) were waiting for Finnegan's signal before trying to swim through the flooded passageway, but this sort of changed their minds.

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Deep Rising
Reply #17. Posted on February 27, 2005, 04:04:54 AM by Alex
That movie kicked some serious ass. I just saw it on t.v. from like midnight-2am (now). Man, that was great. It was sooo funny. And that girl is so hot!
Re: Deep Rising
Reply #18. Posted on July 06, 2008, 03:08:09 PM by mistrrhappy
 Cheers The VFX were done by The Secret Lab, formerly Dreamquest Images.  DQI was purchased by Disney just prior to this film, and they demonstrated some of the the best CG rendering and compositing achieved up to that time, besting even ILM's work at the time.  Congrats to Hoyt Yeatman and director Stephen Sommers for completing this classic genre film!!
Re: Deep Rising
Reply #19. Posted on September 07, 2010, 10:44:04 AM by RyanAtTheMovies
I will say when I first bought this on VHS some 10 years ago, it was genuinely scary to me. Some of the CGI, such as the poor fellow being digested and melting away, was at the time quite good.

Deep Rising is one of those films where you get some friends over, get some beers, and watch the blood, guts and ammo fly on the weekend. Aside from that.....not much else. Apart from a few witty one liners, although no where near as good as Mr Bruce Campbell's classic lines, the film itself is just an hour and a half of fast paced, blood filled, gun totting action.

I don't know why legend Jerry Goldsmith took on the job of creating the film's score, although I'm glad he did, his talent deserved much more than a B movie with an A movie budget.

All in all, a mediocre movie with little more than CGI and macho-driven gun fighting with giant monsters to drive the plot.
Re: Deep Rising
Reply #20. Posted on November 01, 2010, 11:59:16 PM by Trekkie313
One of the best B-Movies of the 1990's!  Smile Thumbup
Re: Deep Rising
Reply #21. Posted on January 25, 2011, 04:56:16 PM by TooManyCustomers

  Saw this in the theatre twice!!  Granted it was a dollar theatre but it was one hell of a good flick! And a good cast too, everybody was right on the money for what their roles required. A princely B-movie to be sure..
Re: Deep Rising
Reply #22. Posted on May 01, 2014, 12:59:01 AM by zelmo73
I remember renting this on VHS back in 1998, getting drunk, and thoroughly enjoying myself throughout the film. This is one of those movies where it plays a sci-fi angle but you are best served by ignoring the science and embracing the fiction aspect of it. The CGI is pretty damned good for the late '90s; better than anything that the Sy-Fy network has ever churned out. You can actually enjoy the campiness of it, you can tell that it had a big budget since the musical score is so A-list, but the rest of the film is definitely B-movie quality all the way.

The two parts that I remember the most are the poor gal getting sucked down the toilet after having a tentacle burst up her tailpipe and dragging her screaming to a bloody and messy conclusion, and of course the half-digested guy that went out gibbering and screaming in a pile of goo. This sure beats Titanic by a long shot, and only goes to show how much Titanic would have been that much better had a giant octopus invaded the ship before it sunk, dragging poor Rose and Jack to a slowly-digested demise at the bottom of the Atlantic; three cheers for revised history!  Cheers
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