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on 8 October 2017
A most enjoyable tongue in cheek horror.

I have never enjoyed horror films, so its safe to say this is anything but, even when the cast get chomped in half or mauled by this pork chop with lobster claws its more comic than horror.
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on 22 March 2017
Classic 80s sci fi horror
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on 31 December 2015
Great film everything you want from an underwater terror.
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on 18 January 2017
[MOVIE | 4 out of 5]
Run time: 94:26 mins. (PAL Format) | Production: 1989
1989 saw the release of 3 major underwater productions: James Cameron's overrated THE ABYSS, LEVIATHAN and this little low-budget gem, DEEP STAR SIX, my personal favorite of the three.
Directed by Sean S. Cunningham (the original FRIDAY THE 13TH) this sadly remains his only good directing job. And yes, critics were not too kind to DEEP STAR SIX, as it does blatantly rip-off ALIEN (1979) and places it under water. Unlike THE ABYSS it was not filled with hot air to become an over-long wannabe epic, at 95 minutes it is just long enough and well-paced.
It's low budget, but Cunningham effectively made due with what he had. Sometimes less is more. Of course it does not have the polished look of THE ABYSS.
The acting is fairly average, some stick out (Nia Peeples, Miguel Ferrer), writer Lewis Abernathy was a bit lazy with his character creation, it seems he more or less carried over the characters from ALIEN and ALIENS and renamed them (I see a Ripley, I see a Dallas, a Lambert, there's a Hudson... but since ALIEN is one of my favorite movies, I don't mind too much.
The special effects are very dated as of today, they were cheap back then and definitely not frighten or shock anybody today. The score seems to be recycled from FRIDAY THE 13TH...
Still, a low budget gem.

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)

- English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround
- German Dolby Digital 2.0 surround

English, German +1

- Feature-length Audio commentary with director Sean S. Cunningham and Special Effects Co-ordinator James Isaac
- Featurette (3:33)
- Making-of Deep Star Six (3:52)
- Behind the Scenes (4:06)
- Theatrical trailer (1:56)
- Photo Gallery (39 stills)

Note: The UK DVD from Momentum Pictures seems to be exactly the same as the German Kinowelt/Studiocanal release.
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VINE VOICEon 24 May 2015
Loudly the bell in the old tower rings,
Bidding us list to the warning it brings. Sailor, take care! Sailor, take care!
Danger is near thee, beware! beware! beware! beware!
Many brave hearts are asleep in the deep, so beware! beware!
Many brave hearts are asleep in the deep, so beware! beware!

Written by Arthur J. Lamb and composed by Henry W. Petrie in 1897

A crew is setting up an underwater missile site. They are in a hury to meet a deadline and naturally cut a few corners that may come back and bite them.

Great fun in its day; but a tad hokey by today's standards. You won't be wasting your time watching anyway.
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on 24 April 2017
Maybe the order in which you watch the late 20th century underwater films influences your rating. I first watched "Leviathan". Then I watched "The Sphere". And finally "Deep Star Six". Saving Cameron's "The Abyss" for the last. Anyway, this movie follows your cookie cutter story of a remote research base's curiosity leading to their demise, aka those who "dug too deep". You can see this trope reflected even in Lord of the Rings with the Balrog in Moria unleashed after the dwarves when they, in their mithril-greed, dig too deep.

The problem with Deep Star Six is that it is not as scary as Leviathan or even The Sphere. The film is so cookie cutter that it is entirely predictable, and while enjoyable, does not really tread any new ground. The monster itself is disappointing, some of the characters talk way too fast, yet others are completely one-dimensional and unlikable tools; but I still think this movie is worth a watch, considering the story and environment all work well. Unfortunately there is no blu ray version of this film I am aware of, and whats more, this film is shot in a non-widescreen "tv format", which in turn reduces some of the immersion. Therefore, all things considered, 2.5/5 and I won't round up.
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on 9 April 2014
If you're considering watching this because of the horror pedigree of its director Sean S Cunningham then don't, this is not a horror movie, it's much more of an action adventure. In view of all that I can say that this busy bit of hokum provides decent, mindless entertainment. I saw it on release and enjoyed it and as its nearly thirty years old I still view it favourably against the CGI laden offerings we get from the likes of the syfi channel. This lives in b-movie heaven but the set dressing is rather good and although the monster isn't particularly well presented it does a good job of picking off the loosely drawn crew of the stricken station. Speaking of crew, the script telegraphs as to who will survive as well as a handful of character traits that tell you who people are; you recognise the love interest, the snivelling cheat, the hero etc. The pacing is spot on and there's plenty of action on offer. It's at the lower end of Deep Rising and Deep Blue Sea but it covers similar ground. Greg Evigan has plenty of appeal as the square jawed hero and although the rest of the cast are cardboard cutouts of every other gang in these types of movies, at least they give it their all before getting killed! Relax, grab a beer and enjoy!
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on 30 May 2009
Whilst not a true classic Deep Star Six is as entertaining as you're gonna get with a budget horror. Its an entertaining romp set in a deep sea research labatory. Plot aside which is nothing to particularly shout about. There are some decent acting moments, the monster is very well done, for a budget horror, and theers lots of blood and guts to keep gore fans happy. if ur an afficinardo of underwater creature features u cud do worse than to pick this up dirt cheap on amazon... it even has a commentary track..
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on 4 May 2012
This is a classic 80's monster movie with a great story and a good cast, the monster in the movie is awesome and looks very cool for oldskool retro creature effects! Worth a low price any day, this movie was directed by Sean Cunningham who did the original Friday the 13th in around 1980.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 November 2015
This 1989 sci-fi horror concerns itself about the struggles of the crew of an underwater military test colony to defend their base against the attacks of a sea monster which is accidentally released after they detonate a depth charge in order to collapse a large underwater cavern.
The film often doesn't take itself seriously, featuring many one liners and with plenty of action sequences it never plods but the lead into the main plot is too long and many characters are too flat and unlikeable. Of the 11 crew, only four are major players, the rest are just disposable fish food which tends to make it all too predictable as they just seem to be scene fillers and never part of the story. The special effects are often impressive, although it lacks modern CGI but there are many lost moments where the tension could have been even greater,
The single disc loads to a languages screen [English/German] then goes to main screen offering play, scene selection, special features [trailer, featurette, making of, behind the scenes and photo gallery] and set up [English or German stereo, audio commentary or subtitles in English, German or Turkish]. With plenty of horrific deaths it will appeal to many gore fans but it flits from tension to calm far too quickly, lessening the impact. Also, I couldn’t help think that Nancy Everhard and Nia Peeples were cast in the wrong parts. Still deserving of a worthy **** late evening view but not quite a five*.
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