Sunday, 31 October 2010

Deep'C' Movie Monster Mayhem

The Rig

‘‘It’s here for food, it likes to kill us’’

Deep sea oil rig, old school monster rampage, Roger Corman style ‘B’ movie schlock hits straight to rental and the late night channels with a worth checking out sticker that should tweak your interest.

When a team of oil drillers rupture the oceans bed, a purple gas emits, and something the size of pop prancing Prince is set free. A fleeting glimpse of a fast moving unidentifiable ‘thing’ gives the briefest of chills, spewed out of its icy sea lair, free to feed in a larger pool !.

Topside a bad storm is brewing and in line with company protocol all non essential crew get air lifted off the rig, back to shore until things settle back down to normal. Something altogether else, however, comes onto the rig, up out of the ocean, despite the rampaging storm. The forecast ahead for the remaining crew looks bleak !.

The familiar hard edged features of movie regular William Forsythe heads up the rig. His on screen daughter Carey is one of the essential rig members that stays behind, and along with her fellow crew member, and love interest Dobbs, they with a handful of others must fight off the elements and a far more ferocious cousin of The Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954).

Surreptitiously slipping onto the rig, and furtively fillet of fish slitting through the crew like a Freddy Krueger killing machine amp’d up on Omega 3. It’s all thrills, gills and kills as this three quarter sized humanoid amphibian fish creature sticks to the shadows of the rigs lower level dwellings, revealing itself at the last moment before striking with lethal efficiency. Some pretty gory moments are on display, from bone displaying neck breaking, colourfully spiced up with an arterial spurting of blood sauce, to gut wrenching full on intestinal spillage. This light framed, black skinned, tough scaled sea humanoid is a butchers knife on legs and it knows how to prime cut and flay !.

It’s all hands on deck in order to survive, and the handful of crew left still alive must pull together, grab anything that resembles a weapon, and use their combined wits in order to fight back. With communications to the mainland down due to the storm, they have to somehow get through the bad weather and pray that daylight comes to them before their darkest fear confronts them first !.

The sub mariner species has found itself a new prey and source of nutrition, and the rig is like a human sushi restaurant to it. This human species is however sentient, and armed with steel pipes, harpoon and an old military issue hand gun this is one form of designated food stock that repeats on its potential consumer.

The Rig may not provide anything particularly new in the don’t mess with nature, monster unleashed sea of creature features, but for old style ‘B’ movie fishy Fun its in a school that more than a few will favourably fathom.

Movie Rating: 5/10

Review Paul Cooke / Source Region 1 NTSC DVD

The Rig (2010)

Director Peter Atencio
With William Forsythe, Serah D’Laine,
Scott Martin, Carmen Perez, Dennis LaValle,
Marcus T. Paulk, Dan Benson & Art LaFleur

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