Movie Review

Alien from the Deep (1989)

2/5

On a Filipino island, the US government is running a secret program in which they… dump radioactive waste into an active volcano. Now, that would not do anything good in real life. The waste wouldn’t sink into the lava, it would just float on top of it, building endlessly in a radioactive mess. God forbid the volcano would erupt and someone would have to explain why half of Asia is suddenly covered in radiation.

A pair of dubbed Greenpeace members visit the island armed only with a VHS cam and a whole lot of gusto. They are quick to get access to the plant where one of them is captured by the evil colonel Charles Napier. Napier is the only character that isn’t dubbed. The first half of the movie involves that whole scandal thing, but then finally something interesting happens and we get gore and a rubber claw monster.

Alien from the Deep (1989)
Alien from the Deep (1989)

This is an Italian horror film from the 80s, so obviously it is a rip-off. In the case of Aliens from the Deep, the source material seems to be Aliens and maybe Predator. Wikipedia says The Abyss, too, but that would only be in the “deep” part of the title. The monster itself looks like somebody glued a bunch of things on a fifties sci-fi creature to make it look like H.R. Giger designed it. It’s a “biochemical” organism of some sort, a scientist explains.

The film is really an action film with a bit of horror and the horror isn’t much. A few gore shots and then a climax involving a xenomorph Queen if it had been designed by those people who weld junk together and if the xenomorph Queen had stood still the entire time Ripley tried to kill her.

A bland entry into the Italian horror genre.

Alien from the Deep (1989)
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