Deep Rising Reviews
But never mind the film it could've been. The reality is, Sommers' budget had been slashed, the casting suffered, the running time was constrained, they had only three months to film it, and they didn't have the SFX tech or budget then that the same film would have now. For a multitude of reasons the film had to be played for laughs somewhat. Perhaps it was less of a horror and more of a dumb action movie as a consequence... but that's what still makes it a worthwhile film to watch when mildly drunk and in the mood for an all-night comedy horror marathon. This film deserves a second viewing definitely in the context of the Syfy era - it's more high octane than Tremors, not quite as silly as Sharknado or Iron Sky, and we don't expect Shakespearean acting or massive character development in low budget monster movies anyway. And if people see similarities with it to The Mummy, remember The Mummy came after. So it has lots of elements that are borrowed from previous films and novels in the horror genre... so what? They all borrow from each other to some extent! John Carpenter's The Thing was applauded for its SFX and its monster concept, and we don't disparage that film just for being a remake.
Apart from reading about similar beasties in Lovecraft, have we seen another monster like this film's Octalus in any other film? I'd say no, and even some of the film's biggest critics admit it's a seriously scary beast - so that puts it in the same bracket as Alien and The Thing for having a genuinely original concept and/or plenty of vision and innovation required to design it, then bring it to life on the screen.
And that does make it a very ambitious, and original, movie project that is underrated.
Deep Rising combines a lot of standard scifi action tropes into on grand ol monster movie full of nods/homage to the likes of Die Hard and Alien all while on a boat on the ocean.
There are plenty of films that are way cheesier and more fun than Deep Rising but that's not going to stop me from watching it again.