Saturday, October 10, 2015

31 Days of Halloween 2015: Day 10

Plankton (aka Creatures from the Abyss)

Alvaro Passeri

A group of young adults head out to sea in a rubber raft for no reason that is ever explained. Their engine stops working. Luckily, they find something to do when they encounter a seemingly abandoned yacht. On board, they find a luxury interior, complete with a supercomputer named, Jessica Rowland (no really), a lot of lab equipment, and a lot of strange fish. The fish aren’t as dead as they appear, and what’s worse, some of them are a little amorous. As their numbers dwindle, the survivors look for answers, but it’s pretty obvious this all the result mad fish science, so I’m not sure what they were expecting.

Plankton is slimy nightmare of a film, both in its narrative and its visuals. For a movie released in 1994 it looks like it crawled out of the mid 80s. It’s haunted by a dreamy synth score, and everything is pastels and neon. The dubbing is atrociou,s and I’m not if some of the bizarre line reads from, a talking shower, a sexy supercomputer, and a (literally) fish loving scientist are intentional or not. The effects are cheap and plenty, featuring a lot of goop and tasteful scenes like a woman giving birth to a pile of caviar. The story is both obvious and nonsensical. Things just happen, fish attack people, and repeat. Plankton is an unheralded lunatic masterpiece that deserves to be discovered by more people. If you’re looking for a fishy fever dream of a movie, this is your catch.

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