Newest Reviews
Back to Berlin
Leave No Trace
They Shall Not Grow Old
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Man Who Invented Christmas, The
Tom's Midnight Garden
Lady, Stay Dead
Thieves, The
My Dear Secretary
I Think We're Alone Now
Amazing Colossal Man, The
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
Nae Pasaran!
Kiss of the Dragon
Other Side of the Wind, The
Secret Santa
10.000 Km
Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
Hitler's Hollywood
Ghost Goes Gear, The
First Purge, The
House of Wax
Climax, The
Justice League Dark
Night Watchmen, The
Bandh Darwaza
Newest Articles
Bout for the Count: Hammer's Dracula in the 1970s
Nopes from a Small Island: Mistreatment of American Stars in British Films
You Know, For Kids: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box
If He Were a Carpenter and It Was the 80s: The Fog, Prince of Darkness and They Live
Tee-Hee, It's 80s Sci-Fi Horror: Night of the Comet, The Stuff and Night of the Creeps
Chance of a Ghost: The Uninvited and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
3 Simian Slashers: Phenomena, Link and Monkey Shines
When is a Jackie Chan Movie Not a Jackie Chan Movie? Armour of God and City Hunter
Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 2
Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 1
I-Spy Scotland: The Thirty Nine Steps and Eye of the Needle
Manor On Movies--Black Shampoo--three three three films in one
Manor On Movies--Invasion USA
Time Trap: Last Year in Marienbad and La Jetée
Gaining Three Stone: Salvador, Natural Born Killers and Savages
  Haunted Sea, The Rubber monster, Ahoy!Buy this film here.
Year: 1997
Director: Dan Golden, Daniel Patrick
Stars: Krista Allen, Joanna Pacula, James Brolin, Don Stroud, Duane Whitaker, Jeff Phillips, Ronald William Lawrence, Eb Lottimer, Leonard Donato, Horacio Le Don, Cole S. McKay, Brendon Crigler
Genre: Horror, Trash
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: When Captain Ramsey (James Brolin) spies a mysterious ship adrift at sea with no visible crew, sexy 2nd Mate Johnson (Krista Allen) volunteers to join the search-and-rescue team headed by chain-smoking though no less attractive 1st Mate Bergren (Joanna Pacula). Since Johnson is part of the wealthy family that own the shipping company she wants to prove herself to her more seasoned shipmates. Aboard the abandoned ship the salvagers are excited to find an ancient Aztec treasure. But when Johnson touches a reptilian stone idol she has visions of herself as a bare-breasted Aztec maiden tied to a sacrificial altar. Later, two greedy crewmen try to help themselves to the treasure and get zapped by an energy beam. Imprisoned in the brig, Delgado (Duane Whitaker) promptly transforms into a hideous slimy beast that sets about hunting the crew.

Never one to miss an opportunity, legendary exploitation producer Roger Corman probably saw the release of Alien: Resurrection (1997) as reason enough to revive the kind of Alien (1979) cash-in he cranked out almost two decades before. With a set-up contrived largely to indulge in padded scenes where characters wander around dark corridors and haunted chambers The Haunted Sea might sport a supernatural premise instead of science fiction but on a conceptual level is no different from past Corman quickies like Forbidden World (1982) or Galaxy of Terror (1981). If nothing else it proves even in the Nineties, Corman outclassed pretenders to the throne with his mastery of the fast-paced exploitation formula. Straight into the opening credits the film cuts to the chase: alarm bells ring, blood splatters walls and screaming crewmen are dragged away by the unseen creature. Thereafter we segue straight into a steamy shower scene with gorgeous Krista Allen.

In fact, along with recycling footage from an old pirate movie, gratuitous wildlife shots of komodo dragons and repeated cutaways to Captain Ramsey grimacing sternly at sea charts just so Corman can get his money's worth out of big(ish) name star James Brolin, the film keeps going back to that Aztec altar allowing viewers ample opportunity to ogle the topless Allen. Never let it be said Roger Corman does not know his audience. At this point Allen was still best known for her elevator scene with Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar (1997) and as the titular (in every sense) erotic heroine in ridiculous soft-core DTV franchise Emmanuelle in Space (1994). She later blossomed into an accomplished actress as a staple supporting player in film and television and one can discern the roots of that here. Allen essays a genuinely strong and appealing heroine. She shares an interesting dynamic with the more hard-bitten character played by Joanna Pacula. For a change the women get to bond and develop mutual respect while battling the monster in a character arc normally reserved for male characters.

Written by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver, who penned two of Allen's Emmanuelle in Space movies, the script is solid, involving, even witty in parts. Though far from groundbreaking and with the low budget showing through on occasion, The Haunted Sea is still a tight, compelling little exploitation picture. The creature suit looks a little rubbery but the transformation effects and gore are more accomplished than one might expect. Dan Golden, who also directed the equally cheesy and enjoyable Burial of the Rats (1995) for Roger Corman, stages a suspenseful sequence where Pacula and Don Stroud try to escape down an elevator shaft while the monster bangs at the door that compensates for too many scenes where characters wander in the dark. The climax which has the survivors trying to elude the monster and escape a ticking time bomb is pretty good too.

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam


This review has been viewed 1045 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (0)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Steven Seagal
Pam Grier

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
George White
Darren Jones
Aseels Almasi
Rashed Ali
Alexander Taylor


Last Updated: