I’m always up for a good Brian Yuzna movie. Although I’m not the biggest supporter of his recent output, I’m still a hardcore fan of his bizarre 1989 horror flick “Society,” as well as the highly underrated “Return of the Living Dead III.” And while you’re at it, toss his unnerving 1996 effort “The Dentist” onto the pile — I’m not ashamed. Much to my delight, Robert Hood’s Undead Backbrain is reporting that Yuzna is preparing to unleash the epic monster flick “Amphibious” upon the suspecting public, and they have plenty of snazzy pictures to prove it. Although the premise doesn’t sound completely sound, it’s got to be better than “Beneath Still Waters,” right? Just humor me.
Here’s the lowdown:
Marine biologist, Skylar Shane [Janna Fassaert], hires an expat charter boat captain, Jack Bowman [Michael Paré], to help her find prehistoric life form samples in the north Sumatran Sea. During the expedition, they run into some of Jack’s ‘friends’, a gang of smugglers headquartered on a fishing platform in the middle of the sea. Tamal, an orphan sold into servitude on the fishing platform by his uncle, a ‘Dukun’ [sorcerer and master of black magic] shaman, begs Skylar to take him away. She empathizes with the boy, who reminds her of her lost daughter, Rebecca, and is determined to help him, not knowing what lurks beneath the dark inky water, waiting to surface. Once Tamal arrives on the scene, mysterious things begin to happen, until one by one the smugglers are killed by a terrifying creature from the deep. In the middle of an eerie, violent storm, the animus inside Tamal grows stronger, calling for the ancient creature of his nightmares. Now Skylar and Jack must battle the terror – once locked deep in the abyss by an old civilization, as it is now about to resurface.
Sure, the concept is silly and impossibly lame, but I’m jazzed nonetheless. It’s Brian Yuzna, after all. Check out the photos below if you’re interested. “Amphibious” should rise from the depths in May of 2010, courtesy of Celsius Entertainment.