The Sea Beast (2008)

The Sea Beast (2008)
 
 

The Predator from the Deep

Corin Nemec in The Sea Beast (2008)

Times are tough for fisherman Will McKenna (Corin Nemec) not only is he struggling to make payments due to the fish population dwindling but he's just lost another one of his men in a fishing incident. To make matters worse his daughter Carly (Miriam McDonald) is carrying on with Danny (Daniel Wisler) one of his young crew. But that is nothing compared to what is about to happen as the small fishing community become plagued by a Sea Beast and its offspring who also inhabit an island where Carly, Danny and their friends are heading for some teenage fun.

Let's tick the boxes; we have a mysterious creature terrorizing a town, we have an old drunk who no one listens to, we have the good guy trying to save the day, the nature expert who just happens to be in the area plus of course some horny teenagers and attractive women. Yes "Sea Beast" ticks a whole lot of those boxes and that certainly makes it one cliche ridden movie. But then what do you expect from a made for TV creature feature and in a way if it didn't tick those cliche boxes it would be more disappointing.

The Sea Beast (2008)

But whilst "Sea Beast" has no chance of being anymore than good at best it is nicely put together, doing a good job of ticking all those boxes from decent camera work, nice locations and a nice looking cast. The fact that none of the characters are more than one dimensional is another matter but the likes of Camille Sullivan and Miriam McDonald are easy on the eye which lets be honest is one of those important things needed to make it watchable especially as seeing it is also a box ticker when it comes to the way things play out with a battle to survive being obvious.

Because "Sea Beast" is nothing more than a box ticker what it comes down to is two things, the effectiveness of the monster's look and the horror. Now the monster, this sea beast has a touch of the Predator about it as it can camouflage itself but it also spits paralysis venom and has offspring. It makes it a bit more interesting although when we do see the beast it is less than spectacular. And as for the horror, well I wouldn't say it is every scary but there are a couple of surprises in there which are superior to what you find it most made for TV horror/ sci-fi movies.

What this all boils down to is that "Sea Beast" isn't terrible but it isn't that great either and basically does little more than tick some genre boxes. But as I said it isn't terrible and I have watched a lot worse.

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