The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Part 1 (Deep Star Six, 1989)
1989 saw three competing sci-fi/horror films. One stood out above the other two, but we will get to that one later.
First up is Sean Cunningham’s Deep Star Six. Cunningham was known primarily for producing and directing the first Friday the 13th. He is probably more well known for his producer credits.
It is the story of an underwater nuclear test facility. One morning they discover an underwater cavern. it apparently housed a whole underwater ecology of it’s own…and it sets free a large creature that starts working it’s way through the crew. The creature turns out to be a large and ancient crab-like beast. It damages the sea base, forcing the remaining crew to figure out a way to decompress and then take them to the surface. oh, and the creature stands between them and the only remaining way to get to the surface.
While the effects are decent, there is nothing that this film offers in chills or scares. It’s most redeeming quality is that it has a pretty good cast. It is loaded with talented character actors. And Greg Evigan (who seemed like he would be on a big star path before he joined the Tekwar Franchise) is pretty likable as the fish out of water, so to speak. but the film itself is only memorable in that it was competing for audiences against two other films with similar concepts in the same year.