If Aliens and Deep Star Six had a stylish baby, it would be this movie. So here’s the story line: Mechanical engineer Norah Price (played by Kristin Stewart, looking quite lovely in her buzz cut) has to escape a slowly disintegrating deep sea drilling station, which is a hard enough task, but to … Continue reading The Ocean’s New Big Bad: UNDERWATER’s Creeptastic Water Monster
Leslie Lutz, author of FRACTURED TIDE, interviews Russell C. Connor about those terrifying water monsters that lurk beneath...
Back in college, I spent a summer on an archaeological excavation on a remote part of the Savannah River. One day our boat’s engine died just downstream from a nature preserve, which meant gators were EVERYWHERE. And they were absolutely enormous. We had to leave the boat behind and wade in waist deep water for … Continue reading The Real Water Monster in CRAWL (Hint, it’s not the alligator)
When I think about great sea monster books, JAWS tops my list. How could I forget that iconic cover, the tiny beautiful swimmer at the surface, and that enormous saw-toothed mouth coming up from the depths? The ultimate killer shark story might have become famous as a summer blockbuster, but it started as a dog-eared copy … Continue reading Book Monsters: Ryan Lockwood’s BELOW
My search for strange water beasts has taken an odd turn. I find myself searching through dozens of Netflix horror movies and asking myself weird questions: Is the monster eating that person’s head interesting enough to write about? Are suckers better than teeth? How might I describe that in a blog post? Would it be … Continue reading Water Monsters and Body Horror, or Why You Shouldn’t Eat Salad
Let me make it clear that this freakish people eater isn’t underrated everywhere. In fact, when The Host came out in 2006, it became the highest grossing South Korean film ever. But when I mention the movie in the west, most people give me a blank look. And that’s a shame, because this beast is freakin’ awesome. We all … Continue reading Water Monsters You’ve Never Heard of: the Monster from THE HOST
Most of us don’t remember the sea beast from the 1989 flop, Deep Star Six. Sure, it could be that the movie is the worst of many sea-themed movies to come out in that year. The pace of the film is slower than a PBS period drama, which doesn’t work when you’re trying to make … Continue reading Water Monsters You’ve Never Heard of: the Monster from DEEP STAR SIX
When people think of water monsters, they go for the obvious. The Kraken. Jaws. Godzilla. But while the A-listers are enjoying the paparazzi and the flash of cameras, the real workhorses of horror are ignored. These sad sacks schlump around their reefs and lakes, bemoaning their obscurity. “Why does no one notice me? Don’t I kill people … Continue reading Water Monsters You’ve Never Heard of: Ghost Shark