Interviews with Hector Elizondo, Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. and a theatrical trailer.
From the box:
On the dark and forbidding ocean floor, the crew of a deep-sea mission rig discovers a sunken freighter that harbors a deadly secret: a genetic experiment gone horribly wrong. With a storm raging on the surface and no hope of rescue, the captain and his team are propelled into a spine-tingling battle for survival against the ultimate foe – a hideous monster that cannot die…and lives to kill!
Starring Peter Weller (Robocop), Amanda Pays (Max Headroom), Richard Crenna (First Blood), Daniel Stern (Home Alone), and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) and directed by George P Cosmatos (Tombstone, Of Unknown Origin), Leviathan features a solid script by veteran screenwriters David Peoples (Blade Runner) and Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive) and amazing creature effects by the one and only Stan Winston (Aliens, Predator, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park).
Scream Factory‘s latest release is the 1989 sci-fi horror flick Leviathan featuring Robocop, Future Kevin Arnold, and the hotel manager from Pretty Woman. I make no secret of my love of Scream Factory and the excellent work they are doing with classic horror films. What you might not know about is my love of sci-fi horror. It’s a genre that doesn’t get enough play if you ask me. Films like Event Horizon, Alien, and others have always been favorites.
Leviathan was always one of those video tape boxes I’d alway see while wandering the video store yet for some reason never got around to watching it. That is until now. This viewing was my first time ever seeing this movie and I wish I’d seen it sooner.
Part The Thing, part Alien, and part The Abyss, Leviathan is an entertaining flick with typical excellent creature effects from the master Stan Winston. The practical kind of effect that you can touch and not the cartoony CGI stuff made popular today. It’s got the unknown infected paranoia of The Thing, the underwater and claustrophobic setting of The Abyss, and the maniacal monstrosity of an Alien film, also the claustrophobia typical of that franchise as well. It’s all thrown together into a blender and out comes a fun flick worth the price of admission.
The story revolves around a group of underwater miners discovering a scuttled Russian boat. After salvaging some things from the boat they discover that whatever took out that ship is now affecting their own crew. Soon, a massive monster is wreaking havoc and trying to devour everything in its path.
The cast is stellar. I’ve grown to really appreciate Peter Weller and want to see more of his films. This was a great one to start with. The film also boats turns from Hector Elizondo (who I don’t think is aging), Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, and more. The real star here though is the fantastic set design and the great creature effects. These things allow the cast to really sink into their roles. The sets are all really well done.
The picture and sound look great as usual with a Scream Factory release. My only complaint is that the special features are a bit lacking. Sure, this isn’t a collector’s edition but I’d like to see a few more extras here besides the interviews and a trailer. Still, the movie holds up and is a fun watch on its own even without a plethora of extras to support it.
Great effects, wonderful casting, and superb set design all made even better by a great transfer make Leviathan a definite purchase and another worthy addition to the incredible Scream Factory line up.
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.