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Proteus [DVD]

2.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Craig Fairbrass, Doug Bradley, Toni Barry, William Marsh, Jennifer Calvert
  • Directors: Bob Keen
  • Producers: Paul Brooks
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Prism
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000058CBW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,626 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Six drifters on a life-raft think they have found salvation when they come across an oil rig in the mist. However, on the rig a band of scientists have created a mutant monster using a DNA package called Proteus. With nowhere else to go, the drifters must stay and fight; but as the monster picks away at them, attacking without remorse or fear, their chances of survival look slimmer with every passing hour.

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A conventional but spirited monster-at-loose quickie, Proteus stars British hulk Craig Fairbrass (Beyond Bedlam) as an undercover cop marooned with a gang of panicky drug dealers (played by Americans no one has heard from since 1995) on an oilrig-cum-unethical-genetics research station where a shape-shifting creature is on the prowl, mostly impersonating human beings but occasionally appearing as a giant shark-person. The Thing-like creature absorbs personality traits from the victims it absorbs, so--in a gag reminiscent of the cancerous liver gambit from Forbidden World (1983)--it is finally defeated because it becomes a heroin addict. There is a neat joke about the way the towering hero is constantly beaten up by people far shorter than he is, and Fairbrass's fed-up mockney patter sometimes wrings a few laughs from lines like "f***ing typical--you can never find a mutated monster when you want one!" The sick humour and weird science that were the strengths of the original novel (Slimer, written by screenwriter John Brosnan and Leroy Kettle under the significantly initialled pseudonym Harry Adam Knight) is hammered out in favour of rubbery goop effects and familiar running-around waterlogged corridors being pursued by a red-filtered subjective camera. Doug ("Pinhead") Bradley shows up in old-age make-up as the evil industrialist behind the monster-making programme in the last reel, and effects man director Bob Keen stages an especially gross death scene for the villain as he chokes on a huge scaly tentacle in what looks like an outtake from a gay porn film.

On the DVD: An extras-free package, full-screen transfer, and a lot of strange colour distortions that make some dark scenes look like photographic negatives. --Kim Newman

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Based on the novel "Slimer" written by Harry Adam Knight (AKA: John Brosnan), Proteus is just another low rent monsters on the loose picture. Plot has a bunch of drug smugglers initially thankful of finding an oil rig out at sea after their boat was wrecked by incompetence. But soon enough they realise they are not alone and floating out on a life raft may have been the better option.

So it's all nutty science gone wrong as a bunch of poor actors, headed by Craig Fairbrass with big muscles and a mullet, get involved in an Alien/The Thing amalgamation. Director Bob Keen ensures things are kept dark to hide the cheapness of it all, though some icky scenes keep the pic away from total damnation. But come the arrival of Proteus in its true form, you may find yourself laughing instead of being afraid. 3/10
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This film is awful. For a lot of the film a blue tinge is present making it unpleasant to view. No doubt this was to hide the poor set, monster and acting.
The plot could have been better handled. Perhaps with a bigger budget, better actors and better CGI/models, it would have.
In my opinion it was a waste of money, even second hand.
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By A Customer on 30 Jan. 2002
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I must say that although this film is far from a classic in this genre (classics being Alien and The Thing), if you don't have too high an expectation of things to come then you won't be left disappointed.
The protagonists in this movie arrive at an abandoned research facility at sea, finding it deserted to begin with. Not long thereafter, everyone is struggling to survive as they get bumped off by a shape-changing monster (experiment gone wrong).
The cast are all moody and ill-tempered, and you can't help but dislike most of them as they are either completely stupid or just meat-head idiots. While watching the film, you can predict who will live and who will die. The latter make the film more interesting. The actors do a reasonable job without producing much cheese, however, I don't think many people could watch this film and see Fairbrass as anyone other than Dan from Eastenders.
The special effects aren't too bad and are, at times, convincing. However, nearer the end, the effects become a bit more 'obvious' and unbelievable.
I personally would not buy this without renting it first (as I did) because this film is good to watch once and to pass the time whilst enjoying it, however, I don't think it is worth buying on DVD. A bargain version on VHS would be much more worth your while.
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The movie is about some deserted oil rig used as dna testing, Some plots great and the actors play their parts wonderfully, Excellant storylines and thrills by the minute, sit on the edge of your seat entertainment, Now don't get to greedy as thats all I'm telling you, Worth watching dont want to spoil the show, B grade movie but different and should keep you guessing?.
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