The Creature Below (UK, 2016)


‘In the depths of our oceans something has awoken’

The Creature Below is a 2016 British horror monster film about a young scientist whose discovery of a malevolent entity sets her on a bloody descent into the jaws of insanity.

The Dark Rift Films production is the feature debut of director Stewart Sparke (previous shorts include Margaret in the Zombie Apocalypse; Rats!) and writer Paul Butler.

“We want the viewer to feel the stomach curdling dread of knowing that there are unfathomable creatures slumbering in the dark places of the world and see the consequences if we wake them” writer Paul Butler says of the story they are telling. “Our love of monster movies was a big influence when writing the script and I think fans of creature features will be very pleased with what we have in store for them”.

Director Stewart Sparke has explained why gore fans and devotees of old school practical creature effects will find something to enjoy: “We knew that practical effects were the key to bringing our slimy monster to life in a way that would make Lovecraft proud. Buckets of blood, guts and tentacles punctuate moments of immeasurable dread as our creature grows in size and appetite.”


The film had its world premiere at the Horror Channel FrightFest film festival in London on 27 August 2016.

In North America, the film was unleashed on DVD and VOD on February 28, 2017 via Breaking Glass Pictures. A British DVD release is scheduled for 26 June 2017.



During a traumatic accident whilst on a deep-sea dive in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, Olive, a gifted, young marine-biologist discovers an unearthly creature. Losing her dream job, Olive smuggles the creature home, intent on studying it in her basement, unbeknownst to her loving boyfriend Matt.


Whilst struggling to re-adjust to landlocked life and recover from her recent trauma, Olive begins to realize that she and the creature share a symbiotic bond that drives her to carryout its sinister will.


Plagued by gruesome nightmares, her fractured memories of what happened during the accident in the depths of the ocean begin to unravel and reveal an eldritch horror far older and malevolent than she could ever imagine, one which she has unwittingly set free.

Olive’s obsession leads to madness as her discovery consumes her entire humanity, with deadly results for those around her…



“With solid technical work at all levels, The Creature Below is a triumph. Its final shot undermines its impact a little, but will have festival crowds cheering; there is the occasional weak supporting performance, but the main actors are uniformly impressive. Fewer than one in a hundred first features comes together this well. Sparke is going to have a real challenge on his hands to live up to it.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

The Creature Below has aspirations of being an emotionally-driven character drama within a monster movie skin but the relationships, characters and dialogue fail to convince enough to pull it off. The film takes itself far too seriously for what it is, and could have overcome certain failings were it to embrace a little creature feature silliness.” Kevan Farrow, Scream magazine

“If you can get past the choppy CGI […] and get into the slowly smoldering mood, which may be a higher hurdle for some, The Creature Below can be oddly intoxicating. It’s a small-scale production confined to a single location for a large part of its duration, with only a half-dozen essential speaking parts. Yet its tone is mostly on the mark to get the most bang from what little ammo it is afforded by that arsenal.” Culture Crypt

” …a surprisingly grim Lovecraftian affair. Dark and moody, it offers little by way of levity – but also suffers with a corresponding lack of spark in its script. Rather than being tense and disturbing, it often feels plodding and morose – which is a shame, as the horror here is very much delivered with a focus on stark, classical style and when it works, it works very well indeed.” Gareth Jones, Dread Central

” …a peculiar blend of Alien (monstrous hatchlings), Basket Case (“What have you got in your basement?”) and Hellraiser (woman lures humans as food for her loved one). The Creature Below may be pointing the way towards a grand cataclysm, but then, maternity is transformative, and having children is always the end of the world as their parents know it.” Anton Bitel, Projected Figures

Main cast:

Anna Dawson, Michaela Longden Daniel S. Thrace, Johnny Vivash, Zach Lee, David Shackleton and Libby Watts.

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Filming locations:

Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK

York, North Yorkshire, England, UK

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Categories: 2016, body horror, British, creature feature, monster movie

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1 reply

  1. The question is not if this movie was inspired by the Cthulu saga, but how loosely it was inspired by it.


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