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The Thing Below
The Thing Below
Actors: Billy Warlock, Kurt Max Runte, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Peter Graham-Gaudreau, Warren Christie
Director: Jim Wynorski
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2005     1hr 34min

A mysterious distress signal leads a research team to unearth a horrific secret held for centuries beneath the shadowy depths of a top-secret oil rig. Some things are better left undisturbed. Studio: First Look Home Enter...  more »


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Actors: Billy Warlock, Kurt Max Runte, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Peter Graham-Gaudreau, Warren Christie
Director: Jim Wynorski
Creators: Andrew Stevens, Chris Foss, Daniel Grodnik, James Shavick, Keith Shaw, Raul Inglis, William Langlois
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: First Look Pictures
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/23/2005
Original Release Date: 01/07/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/07/2004
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Laughably bad - Danger Will Robinson!!!
The Practical Reviewer | Newport Beach, CA | 08/27/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Can I give less than one star? LOL Oh man, this may be the worst off-the-shelf (OTS) horror video ever made. From the lame costumes (they can't even get U.S. Navy uniforms right!), to the cookie-cutter dialog and characters, to the absolutely atrocious CGI (check out the digital octopus attack scene in the first 10 minutes - it is hysterical), this one is definately going in the "Worst Of" Hall of Shame, if I can just find a Hall of Shame what will accept it. It was so bad I was laughing up until the first 15 minutes were up, then I just couldn't take any more. Trust me, I try very hard to find GOOD OTS horror flicks (see my Listmania list for ones I'd recommend), and sometimes I just have to eat the rental cost and suffer through the bad ones... oh well, perhaps this review will save you the same pain (don't let the admittedly intriguing DVD cover art fool you).

Just by way of background, and while other reviewers seems to prefer to reveal much of the story and plot, I think that sort of ruins the film in many cases. So, you'll want to look for other reviews and reviewers if that is what you are looking for..."
Worse than I expected
S. Whitmarsh | Oregon | 05/10/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I like "creature" flicks - even the bad ones - so had high hopes this movie would be at least entertaining. It wasn't. Much of the movie makes no sense (the creature can read minds and yet apparently can't?) and the rest of it was just a jumble of weird bizarre images that didn't gel. Do yourself a favor - watch Lake Placid and pass on this one."
H. A Huffman | Mt. Prospect, IL USA | 10/10/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Amazon is offering this film along with "The Off Season" in a package deal. SKIP THEM BOTH!

This is really bad simply because it is not a really honest attempt to create a decent horror film. This is as bad as those awful "Brain Damage" films.

Really Bad-but fun to laugh at
Mark Butler | Antioch, Ca USA | 12/05/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is really bad - so bad it descends into the "have fun while laughing at it" type - which is what we did.

The storyline has some promise. Secret government drilling, "something" picked up from deep underground, a gigantic storm that isolates everyone....but it is so full of holes you could drive a truck through it: the "thing" is supposedly so radioactive it will kill people in 10 seconds yet in all the encounters nobody ever has any radiation problems. The thing is from 24 miles down yet is unpressurized, etc. and nothing is done with the story other than to use it as an excuse for a series of random visions, including an extended scene of a stripper. There was no mention of why it bothered if it had all the powers demonstrated later in the movie.. but hey, with a movie like this why ask for a plot that makes sense.

I thought the actors did a servicable job, but then I am very forgiving and others may say it was was pretty obvious that their ability to portray being eaten by the tentacles that would be poorly matted in later was not up to the task.

And lets talk about the special effects.. these were the absolute worst in any movie I have seen in the last 20 years. The tentacles look like Monty Python paper cutouts - literally! I've seen better special effects in lego-movies. It was unbelievable, we were simply stunned when they came on the screen. The drill rig was one scene, thats right, one picture that was re-referenced throughout the movie, plus a couple of generic hallways.

The deaths were handled off screen, except for a couple of bad "tentacle-through-the-mouth" effects and there really wasn't any blood and gore so I guess this would be classified more as a suspense than a horror except we were not in suspense, we were laughing at the special effects, dialog and plot holes.

I could go on, from the "General" in his business suit in a an empty room sitting at a card table with a laptop, to the tugboat captain that uses a shotgun to sever his towcable, to the obligatory unexplainable horror ending, this is one of those movies that is so bad its worth watching if your in the right mood. If you have run out of MST3K movies to laugh at and want to get a group of people around and have fun thats what this movie is good for."