The Beast (1996)
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For a made for TV film it isn't that bad, there is a lot worse. It is slow at some parts and the story is basic but it is perfectly fine for what it is!
This is a made for TV movie that stole the plot from Jaws. Most of the story is just a soap opera about a small town whose main industry is fishing. The fishermen are attacked by a giant squid protecting her young. The problem is that real giant squid never come to the surface and live in the deep oceans. No human has ever seen a living giant squid. They are the main food supply for the sperm whale and a few dead ones have floated to the surface or have been caught in fishing nets. Only recently the Japanese managed to get a TV camera deep enough to film a living giant squid. The special effects for the squid in this movie are really bad. Disney did a better job in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. The soap opera story is lame. It's about a dying town with corrupt politicians. The hero has to battle the corruption to save the squid but in the end has to kill it to save his friends and family.
This abbreviated version of the made-for-TV actually works better. Much of the clutter has been trimmed, making for a tighter, more suspenseful tale of a tentacled killer preying on the inhabitants of a small coastal town. More underwater thrills from Peter Benchley, writer of Jaws. The performances are fine. William L. Petersen is okay as a Richard Dreyfuss-style hero Whip Dalton. Charles Martin Smith is fine as the profit-hungry town owner. Creature effects were great.
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