Stan Winston was one of the best in the business, and his work here showcases that talent. It's not one of his best, but it sure was refreshing to revisit a film with an actual effects team and not a bunch of guys making them up on a computer. I was only disappointed in the finale, when you finally get a chance to see the creature in the daylight, but director George P. Cosmatos instead chooses to show him in only quick cut-aways. Apparently, he had a lot less confidence in Winston's abilities than the genre's true fans.
Cosmatos gets a lot of flack for his films, but this one moves along at a brisk pace save for the set-up thatr actually takes the time to introduce the characters. That was something of a pleasant rarity as well. The cast is a lot of fun, and everyone is very convincing in their roles despite some of the ludicrous dialogue they are forced to say. That only adds to the fun to be had here, but I do wish that there had been more of a backstory involving the creature's origin. That would have fleshed the story out some and strengthened the opening half.
But as it stands, "Leviathan" is a surprisingly solid B-movie that has held up pretty well over the years. The sets are impressive, as are the effects lending this the look and feel of a much more prestigious and expensive project even if the story is as pieced together as its creature.
In the wake of "The Abyss" this Alien/The Abyss/The Thing rip off came out a year later. Directed by George P. Cosmatos and with a pretty ok ensemble this is, well a lot better than "Deep Star Six". Itīs a claustrophobic B-horror piece that as said rips off all sorts of things from the mentioned movies, but I reckon thatīs ok in my eyes. I reckon the minus is the (as in "Deep Star Six") creature in the movie, which is maybe a bit too campy and not so well made (even if they worked pretty hard on it from what I know). At least when reseeing it so many years later. Had forgotten about the lovely Amanda Pays and nice to see Lisa Eilbacher as well. Not too bad, but not overwhelmingly great either.