Synopsis: A Savage beast, grown to monstrous size and driven mad by toxic wastes that are poisoning the waters, spreads terror and death on a Maine countryside.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): John Frankenheimer
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

Hit the release!

What happened?

Christ, I couldn't

find the release!

I never seen 'em do that before. Whatever

they're after must be down in that gully.

If it's down there,

must be a dead man!

They don't pull like that

for no dead man!

Hey! Lon! Lon,

give us a hand!

He's gone.

I didn't hear him hit.

Let's go down

after him.


Hey, Bill!

John, save the left stage booms.

Thank you.

I don't know why you

don't just tell him.

Because I know

what he'll say.

The world's a mess. It's unfair

to bring a child into it.

That there are

three million unwanted children.

But the fact is, Maggie,

you're pregnant,

And it's your body,

and it's your choice.

And if what you wanna do

is make a beautiful baby,

Then nobody,

including a cynical husband,

Has the right

to stand in your way.

He's not cynical.


De's dedicated.

Dedicated, obsessed.

Call it what you like.

But if you get talked into an abortion

you don't want, you'll never forgive yourself.

Why don't you get it over with?

Go home and tell him.

I need to pick

the right time.

...must speak in a single voice.

They will listen!

We have heard that

the Indian must fight to keep what is his,

And that time

has come again.

We will fight

to keep our forests!

Hey, can I

carry your bag?

- Right up there, sir.

- Okay.

- Take this for me and show me where, will ya?

- All right.

Okay, thanks.

This way, please.


It's all right.

Gonna be all right.

I showed it

to the man.

He say

it was chicken pox.

I say to him,

"there's rats in here."

He said, "this is

chicken pox."

I said to him,

"ain't no chickens in here.

There's rats in here,

and them rats bit my baby."

You know what

he said to me?

He said,

"The rats got to have

room to live too."

Does he live in this building,

your landlord?

No, sir.

He lives in Georgetown.

He lives with the rich rats

up there.

I'm gonna have to put

your baby in a hospital,

And I'm gonna be

in touch with your landlord.

How about puttin' the landlord

in the hospital?

That's what

I'd like to do.

So would I. But let's take care

of your baby first, okay?

- Rob?

- Vic, what are you doing here?

Lookin' for you.

Will you ride back with me?

Yeah, uh--

Take him to emergency.

You really looked tired.

Oh, yeah?

The hours getting to you?

It's not the hours.

It's the damn futility.


You know, I'll write a report here

that no one will read.

I'll file a lawsuit against a landlord

that'll be settled out of court.

Send that baby

to the hospital...

So he can come back here

and be eaten by rats again.

Feel like

I'm banging my head up against a wall.

I don't think

anybody's listening.

You wanna know


If I could've planned

your side of this conversation,

I couldn't have

done it better.

Remember that hearing Iasked you to come to

this morning ?

Sorry. Sorry.

It was the bureau of Indian affairs.

They're listening to the complaints

of a couple of tribes from Maine.

They're about to get squeezed

the way the people in these tenements are.

Like these people are?

Are you crazy, Vic?

I saw the demonstrators

this morning. Listen to me.

This paper company--

Pitney Mills paper company--

Bought the timber rights

to 100,000 acres of forest in Maine.

The Indians claim

the land is theirs,

And they blockaded

access to the forest, keeping the lumberjacks out.

The Supreme Court's

filed a restraining order against the blockade.

Everybody's ready

to kill each other, and the whole thing is holding...

For an environmental

protection report.

What does the environmental

protection agency have to do with a land dispute?

Nobody wants to rule

on the legalities of who owns the land.

So they're trying to break the deadlock

on environmental grounds.

If we file a negative report,

the lumber company won't have much reason to proceed.

File a positive report, the Indians will probably

have to give way.

Another political football?

If you're looking for a job that's got permanent impact,

this is the one.

You're gonna set a precedent

that'll be very hard to break.

Vic, it's not my game. I'm strictly a rat bite

and gas leak man.

I can teach you

what you need to know.

I can give you the books

to take with you.

I'm in public health.

I'm a doctor.

And you know how to deal

with human beings.

The Indians are angry,

and so is the lumber company.

If we don't get full cooperation

from both of them,

We're gonna have trouble getting enough information

for a thorough report.

I got all

the tree experts I need.

I need someone who can--

Who can deal with people.

Come on, come on. It's two weeks

of your time.

Take Maggie along.

It'll be good for both of you to get away.

It's beautiful.

It's so peaceful.

I'd forgotten the world

could look like this.

Maybe that's one of our problems.

We can't see the forest for the trees.

It's a joke.

Here, get that.

- Goin' camping?

- Well, not exactly.

We're gonna be in a cabin.

We're gonna be outside.

- By a river.

- Hey, great.

It's gonna take three days

to walk down there.

Sounds hard.

Yeah, but that's the fun.

- What is that?

- Look!

That's the damnedest thing I've ever seen!

What do you think it's doing?

Beats me.

Mr. Vern.

Bethel Isely,

pitney lumber company.

How do you do?

- Have a nice flight?

- Indeed. My wife, maggie.

- Mr. Isely. - Welcome to the state

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David Seltzer

David Seltzer (born February 2, 1940) is an American screenwriter, producer and director, perhaps best known for writing the screenplays for The Omen (1976) and Bird on a Wire (1990). As writer-director, Seltzer's credits include the 1986 teen tragi-comedy Lucas starring Corey Haim, Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder, the 1988 comedy Punchline starring Sally Field and Tom Hanks, and 1992's Shining Through starring Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas. more…

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