For many years, I assumed The Abyss was a horror movie about getting stuck at the bottom of the ocean in a leaky submarine while being menaced by terrifying sea creatures. A few years ago, I finally saw it and….turns out that stupid kid on my school bus who recited the “plot” to me was a big fat liar who probably hadn’t seen The Abyss either. The good side? That idea was free.
I mean, have you seen the photos of the freaky-looking fish that lurk in the pressurized depths of the sea? Imagine being trapped in pitch blackness surrounded by those guys! What a great idea! And I surely would have made that movie by now, were I born into an upper-class LA family of filmmakers with access to special effects studios. Alas, I am but a humble entertainment news reporter, and it looks like someone else just beat me to it.
Underwater stars Kristen Stewart as a scientist in a research station at the bottom of the ocean. One day she’s brushing her teeth when…something goes wrong. The lights flicker, and a small leak starts dripping above her head. Then….the leak gets bigger.
The research station is fast becoming uninhabitable, and the crew must find a way to escape. But it’s worse. One of their….experiments just got loose, and it’s a big boy. Can they make it to the surface before they drown, get crushed by pressure, become the monster’s meal, or a combination of all three?
Underwater stars Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), John Gallagher, Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane), and T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley). And it’s coming out in January, which is never a good sign of a movie’s quality. Maybe if nobody actually notices this exists, I can make my own, good horror fish movie someday. Assuming YOU don’t steal the idea too.