Jason C. (JJC) from NEWARK, NJ Reviewed on 12/28/2007...
1989 was the year of underwater sci-fi flicks. Where there was a station under the water of some kind and some sort of monster or alien gives the employees of the station trouble and or a ticket to death. Basically, "Alien" and "The Thing" but underneath the sea. "Deep Star Six" was the first to be released of the four in this category.
"Deep Star Six" is the name of the underwater station where eleven workers made up of military officers, doctors, researchers and technicians are to install a missile silo on the ocean floor. A cave is found beneath the surface but is blown away upon orders, and unleashes a gigantic, deadly orthropod. The sea monster finds its way into the station and it's total terror.
Reminiscent of the sci-fi B-flicks of the '50s, I enjoyed this one...has a cast that consists of character actors you've seen millions of times in many movies, a decent set and a not-to-shabby storyline. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham, the man who gave us Jason Vorhees first, does a decent job on this low-budget gem. Some really good gore is found here.
Strictly for the sci-fi/horror lover.
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Fun movie but so so DVD
Mian Sukiman | Jakarta Indonesia | 05/21/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Deep Star Six is a fun monster movie. I am really surprised that it got a DVD release. Too bad the DVD is not up to the high standard. Full screen only, no subtitling option, no Dolby 5.1 but the picture quality is OK better than the old image entertainment LD. The story is about an underwater research facility attacked by a giant sea monster. Nothing special about the story and the special effects also not very good but is has enough suspence for this genre. Worth a look."
Deep in Six Feet of %@#&!
Mian Sukiman | 06/10/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"1989 was the year of deep sea movies (THE ABYSS, LEVIATHON to name a couple). DEEP STAR SIX reached the theaters first. A completely forgettable ALIEN(by the sea) ripoff with a notable performance by Miguel Ferrer as Snyder. When this reviewer first saw this film with a bunch of drinking buddies,we started calling the'Snyder'(Ferrer) character 'Gilligan' (as in GILLIGAN'S ISLAND) because the character kept on screwing everything up. The film is unintentionally made humorous because of Ferrer's character (along with the ineptitude of the rest of the characters and the rubber suited sea monster) so the film has some merits. A deep sea missile base with a bunch of engineers and technicians disturb an ocean monster out of its hibernation. Perhaps the creature is starving from its long sleep. The rest of the premise is the garden variety plot as each character is oft by the monster one by one (some of the killings are a bit gruesome). Eventually one or two members will outsmart the monster and find a way to kill it. Not much here except for some interesting casting of actors playing out of type (i.e. Greg Evigan and Nia Peeples), a couple of intense scenes, decent set designs, and the films' non-deliberate humor."
Once again,don't know why,but i really like it
John D. Page | usa | 05/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"ok yes i know,it's a monster movie without a monster(well we see very little of it),it's really more an action movie underwater(the first of three that year,and the least),in five mins. you already can see who will live and who won't,and most f/x shots of the outside are so dark you can't see anything,it's all this and more, but ,but....i still like it!!! if you are in the mood for it it can be fun."
Deepstar Six (1988)
The Tweeder | Indianapolis, Indiana | 05/31/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Cast: Taurean Blacque, Nancy Everhard, Greg Evigan, Miguel Ferrer, Matt McCoy, Nia Peeples, Cindy Pickett, Maruius Weyers.
Running Time: 103 minutes.
Rated R for violence, gore, and language."Deepstar Six" is an excellent example of how the 1979 classic "Alien" was a mistake in some ways--not because it was a poor film or that it was not well-made--but it set the standard so high for creature-features that anything that does not deliver such suspense, terror, and thrills is seen as a disappointment. This 1988 rehash is the same formula ad nausea and does not provide many scares or believable characters.Far below the surface of the unforgiving sea, the crew of the Deepstar Six submarine are explorers in a world of darkness and unimaginable pressure. All they want is to get home safely and see their families. Their mission is to establish a top secret naval base on the ocean's floor, but an alien-esque creature is making that task not only difficult, but deadly. The special effects are fairly humorous, the performances of the has-been soap opera cast are only adequate, and the script is poor. Director Sean S. Cunningham ("Friday the 13th") saves this picture from being a laughing howl in the wind, using some unique camera angles and articulate cinematography, but unfortunately does not have the support or the screenplay to produce an effective horror film. Fans of the genre will be satisfied, but those looking for a stylish, scary monster movie should stick with "Aliens". The DVD does not provide many features except the standard scene selections and director commentary."
Guilty-pleasure movie. Silly but fun.
John S. Harris | Memphis, TN | 02/19/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This, like "Leviathan" released the same year, is kind of a silly knock-off of "The Abyss" with a touch of "Alien" thrown in. The miniature effects are cheesy but earnest, and the cast seems to be having fun. This isn't one for the library, but if it came on TV late night you'd probably enjoy it as much as any other goofy sci-fi flick. Director Sean Cunningham has done better, and Greg Evigan hasn't appeared on the big screen since this film, I don't think, but DEEPSTAR SIX is still kinda fun in a creepy sort of way (or is it creepy in a fun sort of way?)."