Mock Ness

Brian Wimmer in Beneath Loch Ness (2001)

When an explorer searching for the Loch Ness Monster for an American TV show mysteriously dies during a dive the show's producer talks her friend, explorer Blay Howell (Brian Wimmer), to take over the exploration. The locals are not overly happy with their exploration as it interferes with the tourist trade whilst a group of young adults with a website devote to Nessie plan to stage a fake monster sighting to boost views. But it seems something is going on in the waters of Loch Ness with dead bodies starting to pile up it brings out Captain Blay (Richard Bergin) whose own son died years ago in similar circumstances and with the aid of Blay is going to get what ever is behind the killing.

Fact 1. I have never been to Castiac Lake, Santa Clarita, California but I have been to Loch Ness in Scotland. I wonder how many of the cast in "Beneath Loch Ness" have actually been to Loch Ness let alone Scotland although as this was filmed at Castiac Lake I would bet many of them have been there. Fact 2. Whilst many of the characters in "Beneath Loch Ness" are American those which are supposedly Scottish have some of the worst Scottish accents since Dick Van Dyke tried to play Cockney. Fact 3. For those who watch because Patrick Bergin gets top billing in this movie you are going to be disappointed as you will end up waiting some time for him to show up as Captain Blay and then even more time before he has anything to do.

Lysette Anthony in Beneath Loch Ness (2001)

So after those trio of quick facts if you are still reading because you are till tempted to watch "Beneath Loch Ness" my suggestion is only do so if you are bored out of your brain or can't sleep and find it whilst channel hopping as watching this intentionally is only going to disappoint. This is simply a standard creature feature that uses the legend of the Loch Ness monster as a way to entice audiences in with only some minor thought going in to how to try and switch it up with the events which are going on at the floor of the Loch.

Now as always I try and find something in a movie to praise and the best I can do with "Beneath Loch Ness" is to say that Brian Wimmer is well cast as are heroic explorer, looking a bit dishevelled in that classic almost Indiana Jones style way. But beyond the casting of Wimmer the rest of the cast are forgettable as are their characters as are the special effects as is 90% of the movie.

What this all boils down to is that "Beneath Loch Ness" probably did sound like a good on paper but the final movie leaves a lot to be desired. It is sadly a tedious, uninvolving experience which not long after you start watching you begin to wonder when it will end.

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