SEA BEAST (2008) Reviews and overview

 

‘Some things should stay in the deep’

Sea Beast is a 2008 Canadian monster movie about mythic creatures that emerge from the sea to feast on the residents of a fishing village.

Directed by Paul Ziller (Loch Ness TerrorSwarmedSnakehead TerrorPledge Night) from a screenplay co-written with Neil Elman.

The Insight Film Studios-Cinetel Films production stars Corin Nemec, Miriam McDonald, Daniel Wisler, Camille Sullivan, Gwynyth Walsh and Brent Stait.

The soundtrack score was composed by Chuck Cirino (CobraGator; Lizard Man; Komodo vs. Cobra; Sorceress; Haunting Fear; Chopping Mall and many more).

Reviews:

” …Sea Beast is like almost every other SyFy original picture. It does turn out to be more enjoyable than others. Perhaps the characters, though sometimes being obvious copies from other, better films, are not as obnoxious. The special effects are also slightly above the normal level as well.” Bad Movies

“It works. There is plenty of fodder, and the action scenes are well thought out. While the story and plot are like a well-worn sweater, there is nothing wrong with some good old fashioned comfort food every once in a while.” Cinematic Diversions

“The whole thing takes place in bright daylight to make sure that nothing the least bit scary is going to happen. Also, it’s pitched at a frantic level of everybody shouting, so it never threatens to get funny either. The Sea Beasts kind of look like buck-toothed spirit dogs from Ghostbusters.  The monsters are mostly made up of so-so CGI…” The Critics Den

“I liked the concept of the sea beast they came up with there enough to be entertained by its monstrous antics while still wishing it was the star of a movie with a little more ambition than its uber generic title suggests. When that beast from the sea isn’t on the screen attacking, there is nothing of interest going on.” Dread Central

“There’s nothing here you haven’t seen before and done much better at that. Despite some potential for a fun B-movie experience, Sea Beast winds up a predictable bore and unless you’re a hardcore Corin Nemec fan, you can safely skip this one.” DVD Talk

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“The Angler Fish monsters were well designed and well animated though some of the CGI was suspect, and director Paul Ziller keeps this thing moving forward and even when it does slow down the story was either just seconds removed or seconds away from somebody doing something really stupid to incur death, which just added to the overall humor of this piece.” Film Critics United

“The practical effects, the gooey gunk, and the wicked ways of dispatch are all top-notch, in your face fun. The GCI, creature’s cheesy POV, and the ho-hum score… not so much. If you’re not expecting all awful lot but you do have standards, then Sea Beast should more than float your boat…” Horror.com

“Corin Nemec as well as Miriam McDonald – who is playing his daughter – doing their damndest to work up to mini action hero status. It’s somewhat adorable and definitely fun, and while this isn’t rocking my SyFy Channel Original world, a merry final half-hour of fun does turn The Sea Beast into a watchable piece of celluloid/ones and zeroes.” The Horror!?

“I wouldn’t say it is very scary but there are a couple of surprises in there which are superior to what you find in most made for TV horror/ sci-fi movies. What this all boils down to is that Sea Beast isn’t terrible but it isn’t that great either and basically does little more than tick some genre boxes.” The Movie Scene

Cast and characters:

Corin Nemec … Will McKenna
Miriam McDonald … Carly McKenna
Daniel Wisler … Danny (as Daniel James Wisler)
Camille Sullivan … Arden
Gwynyth Walsh … Barbara
Brent Stait … Ben
Gary Hudson … Sheriff Jay McKenna
Christie Laing … Erin
Brandon Jay McLaren … Drew
Douglas Chapman … Joey
Roman Podhora … Roy (as Roman Podhara)
Brock Johnson … Hunter #1
Brad Kelly … Hunter #2
Lea Coffman … Witness

Filming locations:

BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technical details:

87 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1

Original title:

Troglodyte

Fun facts:

Sea Beast was the sixteen release in the ‘Maneater Series’ which was a group of made-for-television natural horror films that were released between 2007 and 2015.

The final climactic scenes were filmed aboard the decommissioned Queen of Sidney, a 138-car ferry that served the British Columbia Ferry Corporation from 1960 to 2000. It now rests in the Silverdale Ferry Graveyard near Mission, BC.

Trailer:

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