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Awfully Good: Deep Rising

Feb. 6, 2013by: Jason Adams

This week we celebrate the 15th anniversary of a forgotten gem.


Deep Rising (1998)

Director: Stephen Sommers
Stars: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Wes Studi

A group of mercenaries attempt to hijack a state-of-the-art cruise ship, only to find that something very angry, hungry and primordial has beaten them to it.

It's easy to dismiss Stephen Sommers as a filmmaker after he gave us such disappointing fare as VAN HELSING and GI JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA. But every time a new movie is announced for the director, I still give him the benefit of the doubt. The reason? DEEP RISING.


Djimon regretted wearing Axe Body Spray that day.

DEEP RISING should not to be confused with DEEP IMPACT, the huggy asteroid movie that came out the same year. DEEP RISING is the opposite of that film, mainly because at no point in DEEP IMPACT does a giant tentacle monster angrily chase Treat Williams and Famke Janssen as they jet ski through an exploding cruise ship.


Mark's last thought: "Probably should've used SPF 50..."

This is such a fun, nasty flick that I can't believe it hasn't developed more of a cult following. It's a monster movie at heart, but with machine gun action, gory horror and a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek comedy. While it's obviously an ALIEN-clone set on the high seas, DEEP RISING is bloody and entertaining enough that I don't give a Xenomorph's ass. It's definitely cheesy and firmly planted in B-movie territory, but I don't think this is necessarily a bad flick like most of those featured in this column.


"Marion, don't look at it. Shut your eyes, Marion. Don't look at Barbara Streisand, no matter what happens!"

The plot offers nothing new, but it follows the age-old formula with enough zeal that it doesn’t matter if you can guess most of what's to come. More importantly, the script is tight and the cast sells it perfectly. Treat Williams, last seen in this column as a zombie cop in DEAD HEAT, makes for a great anti-hero as John Finnegan, the ship captain who reluctantly brings the mercenaries on board. His Han Solo demeanor and snarky disdain for pretty much everyone except for Famke Janssen's sexy thief is one of the film's highlights. The rest of the mercs each have their distinguishing qualities and/or moments to (briefly) shine, and you might be surprised at some of the young actors here: Wes Studi (The Sphinx!), Djimon Hounsou, Jason Fleyming, Cliff Curtis and some guy who looks like a poor man's Colin Farrell.


"By the way, do you have any bubble gum?"

As for the creature itself, it's never really explained outside of one character's scientific conjecture, but it's clearly something out of Guillermo del Toro's Lovecfraftian nightmares. The monster is full of long reaching tentacles, stabby spikes and acid secretions, and apparently its only M.O. is to suck out all your juices before spitting out your dried up skeleton. Nice! When you finally get to see the whole she-beast, the creature design is awesome and the digital effects are surprisingly solid for 1998. One of the most memorable scenes involves Treat Williams shooting a tentacle and bursting it open, only for one of their former colleagues to come sliding out, half-digested and still alive. It's just as awesome 15 years later.


Famke Janssen, you're doing it wrong.

I can't be the only one that loves this movie, right? The end still has me begging for a sequel. "Now what?"

Treat Williams finally confronts the creature and has something to say. [potential spoilers]

A mix of great kills and fun action moments.

Famke Janssen in a tight red dress.


Full scream ahead! Buy this movie here!

Take a shot or drink every time: Double shot if:
  • "If the cash is there, we do not care."

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1:26AM on 03/13/2013

Bloody awesome

I've always loved this movie. I don't get why people don't. It's good, bloody, self aware, awesomesauce fun.
With Treat Williams. YES.
I've always loved this movie. I don't get why people don't. It's good, bloody, self aware, awesomesauce fun.
With Treat Williams. YES.
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1:16PM on 02/06/2013

Love this flick

Can't help but get a big ass grin on my face and stop everything im doing if it shows up on TV. Also agree about what you said on Sommers; he's made terrible fims since but I always hope he'll be able to deliver something this gleefully fun and goofy yet again.
Can't help but get a big ass grin on my face and stop everything im doing if it shows up on TV. Also agree about what you said on Sommers; he's made terrible fims since but I always hope he'll be able to deliver something this gleefully fun and goofy yet again.
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10:33AM on 02/06/2013

right there with ya..

I actually went and saw this at the theater when it came out, I remember enjoying it and was happy that it actually had a monster in it instead of being something all psychological. ( basically most movies I saw that year were horror movies with no "physical" monster such as the sphere and event horizon) this movie is a guilty plessure
I actually went and saw this at the theater when it came out, I remember enjoying it and was happy that it actually had a monster in it instead of being something all psychological. ( basically most movies I saw that year were horror movies with no "physical" monster such as the sphere and event horizon) this movie is a guilty plessure
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10:03AM on 02/06/2013
I saw this thing like 3 times in theatres. My buddy and I just kept going back. Another friend recently had the chance to work with Treat Williams. he told Treat he had a buddy (me) who was all about this film. Apparently, Treat said he had a great time doing it, but his first response when my friend brought it up as "Aaahhh, Femke...". My thoughts exactly.
I saw this thing like 3 times in theatres. My buddy and I just kept going back. Another friend recently had the chance to work with Treat Williams. he told Treat he had a buddy (me) who was all about this film. Apparently, Treat said he had a great time doing it, but his first response when my friend brought it up as "Aaahhh, Femke...". My thoughts exactly.
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9:14AM on 02/06/2013
I remember seeing the trailer for this in the theater with my dad, and at the end we just looked at each other, smiled and nodded rapidly. Saw it opening night and I've been a fan ever since. Considering that Blu-ray is only 5 bucks, I think it's time to upgrade.
I remember seeing the trailer for this in the theater with my dad, and at the end we just looked at each other, smiled and nodded rapidly. Saw it opening night and I've been a fan ever since. Considering that Blu-ray is only 5 bucks, I think it's time to upgrade.
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8:30AM on 02/06/2013

Been years

I remember going to see this when it oowned a few weeks after TITANIC. I was still in high school. Love it- but other than once on VHS shortly after, haven't seen it in years. That new Blu-ray with PUPPET MASTERS seems like a good idea.
I remember going to see this when it oowned a few weeks after TITANIC. I was still in high school. Love it- but other than once on VHS shortly after, haven't seen it in years. That new Blu-ray with PUPPET MASTERS seems like a good idea.
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7:39AM on 02/06/2013

Hugely underrated!

I'll be honest that this is one of my favourite monster movies ever! Sure it's cheesy and campy at times but it has a wicked pace, big action, cool monsters and 90's Famke Janssen. What more could you want?

Now what?
I'll be honest that this is one of my favourite monster movies ever! Sure it's cheesy and campy at times but it has a wicked pace, big action, cool monsters and 90's Famke Janssen. What more could you want?

Now what?
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6:37AM on 02/06/2013

Definitely underrated

I love this movie. I loved it from the first time I saw it many years ago and I loved it just as much the other night when I watch it again. It just works on so many different levels and the ending is just perfect. I don't want to spoil it for anyone watching for the first time but the scenario was running through my head just as the closing scene played to me for the first time.
I love this movie. I loved it from the first time I saw it many years ago and I loved it just as much the other night when I watch it again. It just works on so many different levels and the ending is just perfect. I don't want to spoil it for anyone watching for the first time but the scenario was running through my head just as the closing scene played to me for the first time.
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6:33AM on 02/06/2013
Treat Williams own this movie. Next Awfully Good movie should be "Virus" with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland. Sort of similar plot but less fun yet not that bad.
Treat Williams own this movie. Next Awfully Good movie should be "Virus" with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland. Sort of similar plot but less fun yet not that bad.
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4:53AM on 02/06/2013

Is this movie really supposed to be in this collumn?

For your next Awfully Good I would like to subject you to the awfullness that is "Ben and Arthur" .. imagine "the Room", now imagine all the characters GAY...that's "Ben and Arthur"..... [link]
For your next Awfully Good I would like to subject you to the awfullness that is "Ben and Arthur" .. imagine "the Room", now imagine all the characters GAY...that's "Ben and Arthur"..... [link]
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3:55AM on 02/06/2013
This is my 2nd favorite Treat Williams role( the other being Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead) It's really too bad this didn't do well I would have loved to see these characters return.

My only real gripe they kill off Una Damon off way too soon I kept expecting her to show up at the end alive and well.
This is my 2nd favorite Treat Williams role( the other being Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead) It's really too bad this didn't do well I would have loved to see these characters return.

My only real gripe they kill off Una Damon off way too soon I kept expecting her to show up at the end alive and well.
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5:25PM on 02/06/2013
Happy to see the love for Critical Bill as well, he pretty much made that movie!
Happy to see the love for Critical Bill as well, he pretty much made that movie!
3:46AM on 02/06/2013

I'm with you

I remember seeing it when it came out. Thought it was great then but I have grown to love it even more during the years. Excellent film.
I remember seeing it when it came out. Thought it was great then but I have grown to love it even more during the years. Excellent film.
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1:52AM on 02/06/2013
This movie is great & yes I was surprised on how gory it was for a studio film, it's normally saved for direrct to video stuff. Plus Famke Janssen looked damn hot in this.
This movie is great & yes I was surprised on how gory it was for a studio film, it's normally saved for direrct to video stuff. Plus Famke Janssen looked damn hot in this.
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1:23AM on 02/06/2013
I own this little bad boy on bluray, its quite fucking awesome
I own this little bad boy on bluray, its quite fucking awesome
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