"Die, you mother-fucking sons of bitches... die!"
A group of students get lost at sea and board an abandoned yacht that's concealing a massive, secret laboratory... where a cache of mutated fish are being kept.
Plankton -also know as Creatures From the Abyss- is not as well known or as recognized as it should be. It's a pure joy to watch... an experience comparable to Troll 2 and The Room! Yes... it's one of THOSE movies. So bad, you can't even critique it on a technical platform. No rules apply here... Plankton just is what it is.
But hardly anyone I know has watched this one as frequently or as proudly as they would Samurai Cop and Hard Ticket To Hawaii. I don't know why that is. Maybe it's just lack of exposure. Well, this week, @manic_horror_reviews, @cryptkeeping, and I are doing our best to spread the word...
Plankton is not the type of movie you might see... it's the type you NEED to see.
Please, check out their respective reviews for alternate takes on this cult oddity.
Imagine if you mixed Lamberto Bava's Demons with DeepStar Six and you kind of have an idea of what you are in for when you watch Plankton. It's overdubbed in ridiculous ways, as most Italian films are -the quote at the head of this review is a sidesplitter when you witness it in the actual movie. The actors are all less than stellar, with or without the English dub. There are long, exaggerated reaction shots peppered liberally thought the film. These shots are as close as humanly possibly to screaming faces. It's never pretty but becomes increasingly comical as the film progresses.
There is potential for the film to get mean-spirited, but the general tone keeps things lighthearted.
The special effects are campy, but never dull. There are some stop-motion sequences, some elaborate puppets, and some early - and considerably cheap- CGI. None of it suspends your disbelief, but it's damn fun to look at.
There is a scene where a guy mutates while fucking his girl friend, a scene where a tentacle bursts out of a sink, a scene where a girl uses a harpoon on herself, another scene involves someone shitting out fish-eggs.
If you're not interested by now... I don't know what else to say.