DeepStar Six is an American 1989 science fiction horror film directed by Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th). The film’s main principal starring lead actors and supporting players included Greg Evigan, Taurean Blacque, Nancy Everhard, Cindy Pickett, Miguel Ferrer and Matt McCoy.
The crew of an experimental underwater nuclear base are forced to struggle for their lives when their explorations disturb a creature who threatens to destroy their base.
DeepStar Six is one of myriad underwater-themed movies released around 1989, including Leviathan, The Evil Below, Lords of the Deep, The Rift (Endless Descent) and The Abyss, the latter of which was the only successful entry among these aforementioned movies both at the box office and with film critics.
Writer Lewis Abernathy sold his script at the same time that friend James Cameron was working on his own “underwater monster saga”. Despite Cameron’s asking that he delay this movie to avoid competing with The Abyss, Abernathy went ahead and was thereby deemed persona non grata with Cameron and associates until they patched together their friendship when Abernathy accompanied Cameron on the September 1995 filming of the wreck of the Titanic (but not any actual dives to the wreck itself).
“Even with the lack of monster Sean S. Cunningham keeps up the pace quite well and the focus is on adventure and rescue missions. I sense that he wanted to do something else than horror, but one of the final shots in the film still reminds me of the one of the final shots in his classic slasher Friday the 13th (but to be fair, it’s almost a copy of the ending in Cosmato’s Leviathan instead). The presence of Harry Manfredini as the composer of the score and some neat scare scenes still makes this a typical Cunningham film, even without that hockey masked crusader we love so much. Could have used more monster, but at least it didn’t bore me!” Fred Anderson, Ninja Dixon
“Despite its best efforts, this film is not really worth watching. It has a lot of boring dialogue scenes that are compounded by a truly terrible script. The sea scorpion barely ever appears and there are only three onscreen kills by the monster, and only one of them is memorable. That one being the bloody bitten-in-half death of James in a deep sea diving suit, and the shock value of that is spoiled by the poster artwork. I recommend this one only if you’re patient and have some time to kill, or you really like prehistoric arthropods.” Movie Scum
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