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WATCH: Oliver retro-reviews Leviathan (1989)

July 31st, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Leviathanr… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”


The year 1989 saw six deep-sea related movies, which is rare to see. Some years you get two movies having the same content such as Dante’s Peak, Volcano, Armageddon and Deep Impact. Leviathan borrows heavily from ALIEN and takes a few ideas from The Thing. It stars many familiar faces but the ones you’ll instantly recognise is Peter Weller and Ernie Hudson.

Taking place deep on the ocean floor, a mining crew discover a scuttled Russian ship where all the crew were killed by a virus which mutates the host into fish-like monsters. A very silly idea but very entertaining as the crew are infected one by one – like all good monster movies.

Leviathan has a strong cult following thanks to its visual design and interesting cast but there are few problems with the movie which are addressed in this retrospective.

Oliver’s review:

Original trailer:

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