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Alien degli Abissi

Alien from the Deep
Das Alien aus der Tiefe

Italy 1989
produced by
Gianfranco Couyoumdjian for Gico Cinematografica, Dania Film, National Cinematografica, VIP International, Reteitalia
directed by Anthony M. Dawson (= Antonio Margheriti)
starring Julia McKay (= Marina Giulia Cavalli), Daniel Bosch, Robert Marius, Alan Collins (= Luciano Pigozzi), Charles Napier, Roberto Dell'Acqua, David Brass, Don Wilson
written by Tito Carpi, music by Robert O.Ragland, Andrea Ridolfi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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On a Pacific island paradise, the company E-Chem has built a powerplant, supposedly to produce geothermic energy - but actually, the company just uses the volcano on this island to dump their radioactive waste (now I'm no nuclear scientist, but doesn't that sound like the worst idea ever). But two daring enviromentalists, Jane (Julia McKay) & Lee (Robert Marius) have it made their mission to uncover E-Chem's wrongdoings in breaking into the plant, putting everything on video and then show it to the world. Unfortunately though, they are spotted by security cameras, and while Jane manages to escape, Lee is captured by E-Chem-security ... but not before he has hidden the videotape.

Escaping from E-Chem security, Jane soon crosses paths with snakefarmer Bob (Daniel Bosch) who helps her shake E-Chem off her trail, brings her to a safe hiding place and promises her to help her break into E-Chem the next day again to save Lee.

However, since she got away from E-Chem there have been some unforeseen deelpoments, namely an alien has landed in the lake next to the plant and now is moving underground to lay waste to the plant and be generally menacing.

Jane's and Bod's rescue mission is a full-blown success, as they have got Lee out in no time, however, once they are at what they think to be a safe place, the alien attacks Lee and contaminates him ... bugger. Eventually Lee kills himself to not contaminate Jane & Bob as well ...

Jane and Bob realize they are in grave danger from the alien and decide to break into the E-Chem plant yet again to steal a helicopter and make a getaway, however, the plant has in the meantime turned into a virtual hell, as the head of the operation, ruthless Kovacs (Charles Napier) has placed explosive devices pretty much everywhere on the premises to blow up the alien ... but even though, everything is blown sky high, the success of this operation is only limited. Fortunately though, Bob And Jane meet Doc Geoffrey (Alan Collins), the scientist with a conscience, who keeps them from being blown to pieces ...

The ending is pretty predictable: Kovacs is killed by the alien, Doc GEoffrey dies a hero's death, and using caterpillars, Bob and Jane ultimately manage to get rid of the alien by pushing it into the volcano ...

Ironically, the caterpillar as an offensive weapon is a recurring motive in director Anthony M.Dawson's movies from the 1980's.


Obviously inspired by the James Cameron films Aliens and Abyss, Alien degli Abissi is 1980's giant monster trash cinema at its best (or worst, depending on your point of view): A silly plot and stupid dialogue, not made any better by the iappropriately tagged on ecological message, horrendous 1980's outfits and bad synthesizer music, annoying characters, veteran B-actors (Charles Napier & Alan Collins) supporting talentless unknowns in the lead roles, lots of explosions and miniature work ranging from so-so to quite fine ... you either love it or hate it, or of course love to hate it. However, with Anthony M.Dawson in the director's seat, at least the action is competently done and well-paced.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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