by Patrick Bromley
In the great Underwater Alien rip-off wars of 1989, only one movie could reign supreme. That movie was Leviathan. Its most direct competition, DeepStar Six, only managed to score half the box office (about $8 million) despite beating it to theaters beat it to theaters by two months and boasting direction from Sean S. Cunningham, the man who gave us Friday the 13th and the directing career of Wes Craven. There's stuff to like about DeepStar Six, new to Blu-ray in a special edition from Kino Lorber (part of the company's Studio Classics line), but it's a horror movie in need of some more horror.
The crew of the experimental Navy vessel DeepStar Six are in the final week of their tour. They're tired, they're cranky, and they want to go home. When the team (which includes Greg Evigan, Nia Peeples, Poor Man's Steve Guttenberg Matt McCoy, Miguel Ferrer, and Nancy Everhard, among others) discover a mysterious underwater cavern, they use missiles to collapse it and call it a day. Unfortunately, something has escaped, presumably from the cavern -- some kind of enormous fish monster that attacks the DeepStar Six and wants to kill everyone on board.