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Lords of the Deep (1989)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 2 June 1989 (USA)
Man has finally conquered the ocean. America's first self-contained undersea laboratory is the pride of the nation, and expectations are high for an elaborate undersea mining operation. ... See full summary »


Mary Ann Fisher


Cast overview:
Bradford Dillman ... Dobler
Priscilla Barnes ... Claire
Daryl Haney Daryl Haney ... O'Neill
Mel Ryane Mel Ryane ... Barbara (as Melody Ryane)
Eb Lottimer Eb Lottimer ... Seaver
Gregory Sobeck Gregory Sobeck ... Engel (as Greg Sobeck)
Richard Young ... Chadwick
Stephen Davies ... Fernandez
John Lafayette ... Shuttle commander
Michael Adams Michael Adams ... Shuttle crewman
Karen Winograd Karen Winograd ... Shuttle crewwoman
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Man has finally conquered the ocean. America's first self-contained undersea laboratory is the pride of the nation, and expectations are high for an elaborate undersea mining operation. What wasn't expected was the inhabitants of an undiscovered world. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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One of six underwater-themed sci-fiction monster movies released around 1989/90. Others include: The Abyss (1989), Leviathan (1989), DeepStar Six (1989), The Evil Below (1989), The Rift (1990), and Lords of the Deep (1989). See more »


One of the computer displays show the word 'submersible' misspelled as 'submersable'. See more »

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Rubbish from the Abyss
2 February 2007 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Here's a strong contender for the questionable award of most redundant & time-wasting B-movie ever made! I wonder…does Roger Corman even know where his producing funds go? Or does he simply put his signature under the contracts without even reading the synopsis of these lousy Sci-Fi and horror duds? He must have read a little bit about "Lords of the Deep", since the King of the B's plays a minor role as the chief executive of a multinational mining corporation in the year 2020. Around this fine day & age, mankind is exploring the darkest depths of the oceans to create new living environments, because – of course – we careless humans nearly destroyed the earth. The expedition crew led by Captain Dobler made some real progress developing an undersea laboratory, but then they encounter the unknown rulers of the deep blue ocean: large, red-eyed creatures with the ability to influence human thoughts. Or at least something like that, I wasn't following closely. Despite just being 75 minutes long, "Lord of the Deep" manages to be incredibly boring and pointless. The inane dialogs and lame attempts at intrigues between the crew members make this film look like an amateur spoof of claustrophobic Sci-Fi thriller like "The Abyss" and "Alien" but, sadly, all the players take their roles too seriously. The special effects are too miserable for words. The sea-monsters look like fluffy teddy bears instead of menacing creatures and the hypnotizing light-flashes, indicating the monster search contact with the human mind, are headache inducing. Mary Ann Fisher's directing is uninspired and wildly uneven and the majority of the cast has nothing else to do than staring stupidly into the camera. What a totally inept film, avoid at all costs.

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2 June 1989 (USA) See more »

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