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Alien From the Deep Review – 1989

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Language: English/Italian
Original Aspect Ratio: Shot on 35mm, so probably 1.77:1 or 1:85:1
Directed by: Antonio Margheriti
Cast: Daniel Bosch, Marina Giulia Cavalli, Luciano Pigozzi, Charles Napier

Review

Alien from the Deep is a science fiction genre film directed by the prolific Italian director, Antonio Margheriti. Even though it’s classified as a science fiction/horror film, it’s more of a hodgepodge of genre types that proved popular back in the day.

The film starts off with two environmentalists sneaking onto an island where E Chem, an evil corporation, is dumping radioactive waste into an active volcano. Marina Giulia Cavalli plays the female environmentalist Jane, an attractive blonde engineering professor who tries and find various ways to take off her clothing. Robert Marius (Zombie 3, Warriors of the Apocalypse), plays her partner Lee.

While investigating inside the factory, Lee gets kidnapped and Jane flees and gets chased through the jungle. Luckily for her, she stumbles across Bob, a snake handler who has an uncanny talent for being kick ass and being suave with the ladies. Bob is played by Daniel Bosch who is now apparently a pastor in Sardinia, Italy. Who would have guessed? Hot on her tail is Col. Kovacks, played perfectly by veteran actor Charles Napier. The film takes a rather hard genre turn in the final thirty minutes with the arrival of the alien as it crash lands in the water and begins to wreak havoc.

When you stack Alien From the Deep against other b-movies it holds up pretty well. Margheriti uses the Filipino jungle to his advantage. For the first hour, the film has a lot going for it. The locales look great and provide that jungle atmosphere that genre lovers crave. The dynamic between Jane and Bob is fun and their witty banter kept me interested.

Luciano Pigozzi (The Whip and the Body, Blood and Black Lace) plays a bit part as the all knowing scientist. He plays the role pretty well but the writing of his role is lackluster. Out of the blue, he just happens to know this alien is from outer space, sent here because they were dumping radiation into the volcano which sent it up and into space. He just also happened to know it’s weakness after the monster has literally been on screen for 2 minutes. Lazy writing all around for the last thirty minutes but the doctor’s was perhaps the worst.

The creature effects are what to be expected of a late 80’s low budget pic. The creature seems to have different “shapes” depending on where in the building he is located. At first it’s just a giant black claw that comes onto the screen and snaps onto its victims. A little later, the creature is seen as a “crustacean” like monster. And towards the end of the film he’s standing up at full attention (with the help of some wobbly cranes). It’s sad that the ending seems to take every beat from Aliens. Everything from the flamethrower, to the lady in a machine, to the creature being “thrown” into lava (or space in Aliens).

DVD Release

Alien From The Deep is distributed by One 7 Movies and was released in 2010. I didn’t really know much about the company so I did some snooping around and found some blog posts where other movie fans identified One 7 Movies as another offshoot of Mya Communications and NoShame Films. I really haven’t watched any of their DVD releases but from what I’ve heard they release some films bare bone and with questionable transfers. Oh well, I’ll give anybody a shot once. I’m glad to say that the release for Alien From The Deep is really nicely done. The DVD runs 91 minutes.

The film is presented in 1.33:1 (4:3) full screen and the transfer looks really good. I was expecting much worse but what I watched was pretty clean throughout.

One 7 Movies provides us with two audio tracks. The main track is an English 2.0 track and sounds pretty good considering it’s a low budget film. Certain pieces of dialog come across as muddled but I’ll assume it’s a problem with the source. The other track is an Italian 2.0 track. I didn’t watch the film with this audio only because they didn’t provide any English subtitles. Since I don’t speak Italian it’s not going to work very well.

Extras

There’s really only two extras for Aliens from the Deep. Considering what I’ve read online about how they release bare bones, perhaps I should be happy for them.

  • Gallery – I’ve never been a fan of picture galleries unless they were behind the scenes. The gallery starts off with just stills from the movie but thankfully it turns into some behind the scenes shots and poster/VHS/DVD images from various countries.
  • Italian Credits (2:12) – Opening and Closing credit crawl in Italian. The picture of the Italian credits is pretty blurry and muddy, but outside the credit crawl being a different language, they appear to be the same contents.

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Conclusion

Overall, I had a blast watching Alien From The Deep. Perhaps if Margheriti had planted the seeds of the Alien a little earlier in the film the 3rd act conversion into scifi wouldn’t be so jarring. Fans of b-movies will like this one though.

Rating

3 out of 5