Mutant Monsters Triple Feature (The Dark / The Being / Creatures From the Abyss)
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The Dark (1979) was the film for which I primarily bought this three pack of DVDs. I had great memories of seeing it on cable TV back in the early 80's, and don't believe I had seen it since. By the admission of the director himself during the included interview and commentary, it started out as more of a slasher horror flick that somehow evolved into an evil alien visitor from another world horror flick. And that evolution must have been pretty rocky, as it is glaringly obvious the two incongruous elements don't mesh particularly well. But that in itself is partly what makes the film so appealing to us lovers of cinematic cheese. By today's standards the action is sparse, the script is a bit all over the place, and the film does get bogged down at times with all the talking going on. But when the evil alien attacks, watch out! Great stuff, indeed.
The Being (1983) is another film I had seen on videotape very long ago, and frankly did not remember much about it. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it actually was. I found it to be more than a little reminiscient of some of those creature features from the 1950's (which I love), only with considerably more blood. Not done as a spoof, but as what seemed as sort of an homage to the genre, it was fast paced, well acted, and great fun. In many ways, it was probably the "best" of the three movies contained herein. It certainly appreared to have the best production values. And to top it off, a buddy of mine from school (Hi Ron!Read more ›
The first in the set that I watched was the one I had the least hope for, Creatures from the Abyss. While the other two movies boasted familiar star names, this foreign (obviously dubbed) movie offered a bunch of people with little name recognition. It is the tale of five college age kids who stumble upon a deserted yacht that is also an oceanographic lab. The kids fit generic film stereotypes: there is the prankster, the smart guy (you know he's smart because he wears glasses), the good girl, the dumb-but-chesty blonde and the blonde's sister, who seems to just be along for the ride.
There's a reason the boat is deserted; almost everyone on board has been killed by mutant fish that have been brought up from the very deep ocean and exposed to radiation. What's worse, as the hapless kids find out, is that exposure to the fish can lead to some nasty mutations for humans too. None of really makes much sense, but it is actually fun despite all its superficial deficiencies (bad effects, acting, writing, etc.).
Second in the set is The Being, a real yawnfest imitation of Jaws and various late-'70s enviromental horror movies. A local nuclear waste dump has somehow transformed a kid into a virtually indestructible man-eating creature. Martin Landau plays a scientist who tries to downplay the effects of dumping nuclear waste into the local water supply; Jose Ferrer plays the mayor who wants to downplay any problems.Read more ›
The Dark- A decent movie certainly not the worst. It does get a little boring and the plot is kind of confusing. I almost fell asleep while watching. The alien is shown only at the end and is just a guy with a real big acne problem and shoots lasers from his eyes. Special features include Shriek Show trailers and that is it. 3 stars
The Being- This a fairly well film with a cool looking monster. This film does have nudity, sex, violence, and gore unlike The Dark. Another thing about this film is the ending (which I won't give away) which is pretty scary and suspenseful. Special features include Shriek Show trailers. 3.5 stars
Creatures from the Abyss- This is propably the wierdest film in history. It starts with some teenagers going out to sea in a small boat and getting stuck in a storm. They find a body drifting around and then come across an abandoned yacht with wierd experiments onboard. The next 20 minutes is just them having dinner, searching around, and finding a survivor who didn't even need to be in the movie. Finally something important happens: a sex scene which ends with the man having a mutant fish bursting out of his mouth. Overall the stupidest movie ever. Special featu... never mind you know. 2 stars
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The entire collection is well worth the purchase because of one movie -- "The Dark". It's absolutely excellent with Cathy Crosby and William Devane.Published 15 months ago by Ronald aleksy
I bought it for "The Dark"... which was good. Wasn't interested in the others.Published 21 months ago by Barb F.
Good to see The Dark again,quite enjoyable. the other two DVD's went into the garbage bin. (I gave 4 stars only for The Dark)Published on March 28, 2014 by Russell Lunney
Both THE BEING and CREATURE FROM THE ABYSS are a complete waste of time and money. The latter is so bad I was forced to fast forward it just to get through it. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by oldiespete
I bought these because I remember them as teenager. I wish that I had passed them over. Cheesy and pretty laim. Read more
From what I saw I can say the movies must of been low budget. I guess all that can be said is that they were great to kill a few hours. Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by HILLBILYHIPPYMAN
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