Leviathan

Synopsis: Leviathan is a 1989 Italian-American science fiction horror film directed by George P. Cosmatos and written by David Webb Peoples and Jeb Stuart. It stars Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Ernie Hudson, and Daniel Stern as the crew of an underwater geological facility as stalked and by a hideous mutant creature. It's creature effects were designed by Academy Award-winning special effects artist Stan Winston. The film was released around the same time as other, similarly-themed 'underwater' science fiction and horror films including The Abyss and DeepStar Six, and received mixed reviews from critics, citing numerous similarities to films such as Alien and The Thing.
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  1 win.
 
IMDB:
5.8
Metacritic:
51
Rotten Tomatoes:
17%
R
Year:
1989
98 min
Website
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FACE IN ON:

THE SURFACE OF THE OCEAN

sunny and placid then slowly WE BEGIN DESCENDING UNDERWATER

Moving down from the bright surface waters, through layers

of fish and marine life...

A school of vibrantly colored fish move with the current,

their numbers are enormous, their movements in unison.

Suddenly out of the darkness a barracuda cuts through the

school, taking out four or five before disappearing into the

shadows. The school moves on as if nothing happened,

quickly closing ranks where the missing ones swam only

seconds before.

WE MOVE DEEPER AND DEEPER

Fish disappear, darkness envelopes us. Cold and lifeless

where light has never penetrated...Five thousand feet, ten

thousand. Deeper, where only strange, self-illuminating

echoniderms move eerily through the currents. Then suddenly

WE HEAR STATIC from RADIO TRANSMISSION. THEN VOICES...

JONES:

Burritos...Enchiladas...

DEJESUS:

(hispanic voice)

Oh, gag, man, how can you eat that

stuff?...

BOWMAN:

(female)

I can't wait for fresh vegetables...

Several voices suddenly break into argument..."vegetables?"

"sh*t," "burgers"...Suddenly another voice rises above the

others.

BECK'S VOICE/ RADIO

Okay, cut the chatter. You're

not out of here, yet. Who's the

hook? Seven?...You got a hook on

container 22?

A pause, then more voices.

SIXPACK'S VOICE/ RADIO

(redneck drawl)

The man's asking if you're hooked

on 22, you dumb sh*t.

JONES' VOICE/ RADIO

Watch your mouth, Sixpack. Hello,

Shack, Seven, here. I ain't the hook,

over.

A light flares out of the darkness, suddenly illuminating an

IMMENSE SHAPE--fifteen hundred pounds of hardened metal

nearly seven feet tall. It is a motorized diving suit and

we see the stenciled name, WILLIE across the front

breastplate. As it pivots we see the stationary worklights

around the base of a large underwater mining operation, THE

SHACK. Then a woman's voice.

WILLIE'S VOICE

(woman's voice)

Six to Shack. I'm the hook.

INSIDE THE SHACK/ CONTROL ROOM

littered with papers, half-full coffee cups, and a confusion

of wires and very low-tech, high-tech equipment BECK sits at

the monitor controls. He is younger than we expected,

twenties, clean cut good looks. He'll be a hell of a good-

looking man at thirty-five, he just needs to be hardened.

From the looks of the coffee cups around him he's on his

way.

BECK'S VOICE/ RADIO

Okay, Six, let's wrap this container

and call it a day.

Above him a bank of monitor screens. Each one labeled with

a crew member's name and providing a video picture from a

camera mounted on their helmet. Beck reaches above him and

throws a console switch which activates another monitor

labeled ROV. With a joystick he manipulates an outside

camera(the ROV), its picture we see on the monitor. It is

moving.

UNDERWATER:

WILLIE'S POV The inside of her helmet is a grid of LED

gauges monitoring air reserve, body temperature,

atmospheres, heart rate, blood pressure.

She stops next to a pair of railroad-like tracks and removes

the tool attached to the end of her arm. The move is

practiced and professional, like a cook changing the tool on

a set of egg beaters. First, she inserts the existing tool

into a lock on her opposite arm which holds it while she

disengages the tool. Next, she selects the next tool from

the storage compartment at her waist and punches it into

position. Sixpack's voice comes over the radio.

SIXPACK'S VOICE

Hey, Willie, you trip on a

tit or something? We're all

waiting on you, honey.

WILLIE:

(under control)

Keep your pants on Sixpack.

I promise you'll be inside before

"Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" comes on.

OVER THE RADIO WE HEAR other men's voices laughing. They

like Willie and cheer her on. "Tell him, Willie," "Atta

girl," etc...

Willie CLICKS in her last tool and turns. Expertly she

hooks a large dumpster-like container, the container to what

looks like an underwater parachute--A CONTAINER

TRANSPORTER--which when filled with oxygen it lifts the

massive container onto the tracks where it can be hauled-in

by a winch.

WILLIE'S VOICE

Six to Shack...Hook's on. Ready

to winch.

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David Peoples

David Webb Peoples (born c. 1940) is an American screenwriter, best known for the films Blade Runner, Unforgiven and Twelve Monkeys. more…

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