Leviathan [1989]

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Leviathan [1989]

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Genre: Adventure | Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Peter Weller ... Steven Bec
Richard Crenna ... Dr. Glen 'Doc' Thompson
Amanda Pays ... Elizabeth 'Willie' Williams
Daniel Stern ... Buzz 'Sixpack' Parrish
Ernie Hudson ... Justin Jones
Michael Carmine ... Tony 'DeJesus' Rodero
Lisa Eilbacher ... Bridget Bowman
Hector Elizondo ... G. P. Cobb
Meg Foster ... Ms. Martin

Director: George P. Cosmatos

Writer: David Webb Peoples | David Webb Peoples

Rated: 18

Running Time: 98 min

Underwater deep-sea miners encounter a Soviet wreck and bring back a dangerous cargo to their base on the ocean floor with horrifying results.

In a story owing a lot to Alien and The Thing, the crew of the mining base must fight to survive against a genetic mutation that hunts them down one by one.


This movie is always going to be compared to Deep Star Six and The Abyss, because all three films came out at the same time.

It is an underwater "Alien" movie, but it doesn't rip off The Abyss, which came out third of the three.


This movie was one of those films that is engrossing in the theater and transfers very poorly to television and video.

We would venture a guess that a wide-screen DVD version may be able to pick-up most of the considerable detail that was placed into this film.

The acting is not awful and the story is well-paced, which is a step ahead of the other two 1989 underwater movies.

A little more polish to the script would have helped this movie greatly, but it is a fairly B horror flick so it was expected.


The cast is Weller, Hudson, Crenna, and Pays doing their things.

They don't exactly phone it in, but they aren't expected to deliver that many lines convincingly anyway.

The setting and special effects are the keys to this one, though.


Visually, it is as tough as they come.

Watch the DVD and we can almost guarantee that you will find this movie to be better than you have been lead to believe by others.

Continuity: After Cobb gets a cup of coffee, he sets the pot down next to the coffee maker. Immediately after, we see Beck get himself some coffee, yet he picks the pot up off the burner of the coffee maker.

Crew or equipment visible: You can see a crew member, probably the camera assistant, visible in the lower left hand corner of the mirror when Beck and the doctor are talking when the disease first makes its appearance.

Revealing mistakes: In the scene where the piece of the monster is cut off by the door, the wire that pulls the cut off piece down can be seen.

Revealing mistakes: When Willie . off the ridge, you see her walking among some large tube worms. Immediately before she says "My God", the worm to her left clearly shows a vertical seam where the left/right pieces of the worm were glued together.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Doc is typing out a message just before launching the escape bubbles, the keyboard clicks don't match his hand movements; additionally, there's one last key pressed without a click noise.

Continuity: At 1:00:33 into the movie when Beck is talking to Martin, right after he says "No change, just the one", there was a cut and splice (notice Beck's jaw position when he finished his line).

Audio/visual unsynchronized: During the whole 'Who's the hook?' conversation with everyone in the submersion suits, no one's mouths match the dialogue.

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Re: Leviathan [1989]

Unread post by crumbling castle » May 27th, 2012, 2:14 pm

Made at the same time as The Abyss and Deep Star Six, Leviathan is the better out of the three, it may have had a small budget but they produced a big film out of it.

Leviathan wasn't as popular as the other two but in my mind this is the dogs bollocks! ;)

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Re: Leviathan [1989]

Unread post by morgan » May 29th, 2012, 12:42 pm

The crew of an underwater research lab fall victim to a mysterious genetic mutation after two of its members drink a tainted bottle of liquor taken from a russian shipwreck.

One by one, the crew are "contaminated" when they encounter the ever mutating monster derived from improperly disposed of bodies of the original two infected crew members.

Once a member of the crew is attacked, they become part of the monster.

Perhaps ironically, the film itself is a bit of a hybrid mutation, borrowing story elements from the Alien film and its genre, as well as "The Thing", especially John Carpenter's version.

Like Alien, the creature stalks those inside the underwater complex through its maze of dimly lit, high-tech looking corridors, crawl spaces and labs.

When the crew learns of a bogus cover story about their supposed deaths in the news, they realize the corporation they work for has lied to them about a rescue (the good doctor has supplied them with enough info) and struggle to survive while look for a way out.

The characters are believable enough, especially Richard Crenna who does a good job playing the role of crew doctor who begins to unravel what's going on.

The creature effects are very well done and they're shown just enough (until the laughably predictable ending with its [intentionally?] humorous borrowing from Jaws ) to build terror.

There is a sub-genre of underwater movies just like this one, but for some reason none seem as tightly wound and enjoyable as Leviathan.

Perhaps because of the cast (and there are two beautiful actresses in this one) ;) or the sfx, none linger in the mind like this one did.

A fun rental for a rainy day.

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Re: Leviathan [1989]

Unread post by toasty » June 12th, 2012, 5:02 pm

Good film

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Re: Leviathan [1989]

Unread post by Jupe Hooch » July 25th, 2018, 9:02 pm

I do not consider this movie a rip-off.

"The Thing" and especially "Alien" are classics and therefore influenced many sci-fi films.

It is unfair to compare "Leviathan" exclusively to those flicks.

This movie had good characters and great (almost too convincing) special effects.

The monster/mutation scenes are very grotesque and still send shivers up my spine.

Peter Weller is totally cool w/ those cold eyes and deep voice of his.

The scene of him practicing his lecture to the Doc in the mirror was funny and creative.

I wish Lisa Eilbacher would have lasted longer in the movie, she is a total babe! Cool cast and special effects!....Better than "Deep Star Six".

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