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Leviathan

Peter Weller , Richard Crenna , George P. Cosmatos    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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The expression "an ugly drunk" takes on a whole new meaning when the thirsty crew of an American deep-sea mining station investigates a mysteriously capsized, Russian wreck and brings back some experimental vodka that turns the unlucky imbiber into a plasma-craving fish creature. (Has there ever been a better reason for abstinence?) Although this "Aliens meets 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" story doesn't add anything new to the classic horror and sci-fi formulas that it so obviously borrows from, it's a fun monster film all the same, with impressive, gnarly effects, a better-than-expected cast (Peter Weller and a scene-stealing Ernie Hudson are the standouts), and an insanely detailed production design by Alien veteran Ron Cobb. Director George P. Cosmatos went on to direct Tombstone. --Andrew Wright

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great, if a little cheesy, horror movie March 12 2006
Format:VHS Tape
I enjoy a good story. Heck, I enjoy a decent story with a nifty monster. Being a fan of "The Thing" and other 80's style monster flicks, Leviathen is right up my ally. The production value is great, and the monster is no worse then other 80's horror movies.
The story is a bit slow, but so was "The Abyss" and that movie has tons of critical acclaim. I really believe "Leviathan" is an awesome example of a monster movie, and really encourage people to watch it. If you liked "Aliens", "The Thing", and/or "The Abyss" you WILL get something out of "Leviathan".
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1.0 out of 5 stars what is this . . no nudity?? March 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The only thing that saved Lifeforce and Species from being complete crap is the fact that we get to see two babes nude. Nothing like that here so I'll say bye-bye to this film . . avoid!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars underwater scares Oct. 4 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Having a monster movie filmed in a huge underwater mining lab is kinda silly at first, but gets pretty cool after a while. I've seen several Peter Weller movies, and this is his second best sci-fi movie he's done (right next to "RoboCop"). For people who haven't seen this movie yet, it's about a group of
wise-cracking underwater miners (led by Weller) who's being terrorized by a giant human-fishlike creature that was spawned from a genetic experiment gone haywire. The special effects was pretty cool, although they could have done a little more, but it's still an enjoyable movie to watch. Oscar winning composer Jerry Goldsmith (winner of the Best musical Score Oscar for 1976's "The Omen") does an excellect job conducting action & scary music sequences throughout the entire picture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Visual Effects Movie Jan. 11 2002
Format:DVD
Leviathan unlike the Abyss was one of numerous underwater thrillers that had good special effects but needed more work on the script. Peter Weller played a good part but should've stuck to playing Robocop and Richard Crenna who played Doc has never been the same since First Blood in 1982. But all in all A great film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leviathan is really a lot of fun. Sept. 20 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
As a rip-off of Alien and The Thing set underwater, Leviathan is actually quite a fun sci-fi/horror flick. It has no pretensions to be anything else but gory shocker. Heck, it actually starts out it a rather interesting fashion. Once the icky things start happening, it becomes a non-stop ride of thrills and shocks. It's certainly better than DeepStar Six and Endless Descent, two other underwater thrillers made in the same time period.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to its ambitions June 9 2001
Format:DVD
This is a special effects movie from 1989. Considering its age, the special effects hold up very well. However that can not be said about the plot of this movie. There first half of the movie starts slowly and it attempts to build supsense until the monster arives. Unfortunately the monster itself is so preposterous that its arrival only brings a major let down in the plot. The extended chase sequence is straight out of 'Alien' but holds none of the emotional tension that 'Alien' succeeds in providing.
This is a movie that tried to replicate the success of 'Alien'. It is really just 'Alien' placed underwater with none of its suspense.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Alien meets Abyss meets crap June 5 2001
Format:DVD
To my surprise I actually enjoyed the first half of this movie. But once this poorly made fish creature began appearing while devoring half the cast, the movie transformed into an exact clone of Alien and I lost interest. Peter Weller and Ernie Hudson are the bright spots in an otherwise routine monster film with an unbelievably stupid ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars alien ripp off? June 2 2001
Format:DVD
Is it just me or did this movie seem like the first alien movie?I mean it was almost the same thing! they'r miners,they bring back something nasty from a ship and it turns into a monster.although not a bad movie, it was just done before.
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