Lords of the Deep (1989)

A Roger Corman produced ripoff of The Abyss? I’m not sure that there’s anything that sounds worse. How bad is it? Two-time Academy Award winner Janusz Kamiński (those Oscars are for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan) worked on the movie for a few weeks before being removed because the stuff he filmed looked too good.

In the near future which is probably today, an undersea lab is trying to figure out new places to live, as the ozone layer is completely gone. Claire (Priscilla Barnes from TV’s Three’s Company) has found an unknown life form that gives her psychic visions. Nothing strange there. Nope. Not at all.

Then there are all these manta ray creatures that keep wiping out the crew and their subs. One of them even gets transformed into a jelly man. Or a gelatinous mass, but I like the phrase jelly man.

Commander Dobler (Bradford Dillman, who also shows up in Piranha and The Swarm, so obviously he is an enemy of nature) quarantines the ship and refuses to allow anyone to study the jellified crewman. This happens several times, as Claire undergoes several psychic visions. Can she and her boyfriend (played by Daryl Haney, who wrote Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) save the day? Will Roger Corman show up in a cameo? Will the ending completely rip off The Abyss?

Probably the only interesting thing I can tell you about this movie is that the crew members are all named for New York Mets players.

You can watch this as part of the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix.

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