The Creature Below

Synopsis: During a traumatic accident whilst on a deep-sea dive in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, Olive, a gifted, young marine-biologist discovers an unearthly creature. Loosing her dream job, Olive smuggles the creature home, intent on studying it in her basement, unbeknownst to her devoted boyfriend Matt. Whilst struggling to re-adjust to landlocked life and recover from her recent trauma, Olive begins to realize that she and the creature share a symbiotic bond that drives her to carry out its sinister will. Plagued by gruesome nightmares, her fractured memories of what happened during the accident in the depths of the ocean begin to unravel and reveal an eldritch horror far older and malevolent than she could ever imagine, one which she has unwittingly set free. Olive's obsession leads to madness as her discovery consumes her entire humanity, with deadly results for those around her.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Stewart Sparke
Production: Dark Rift Films
83 min

- Good morning Dr. Fletcher.

My name is Dr. olive crown

and you need my help.

I am a marine

biologist and ecologist

specializing in

oceanic trenches.

I am the only

non-military personnel

to advise on the development

of the 80ds-200 exosuit.

Working exclusively

with the us Navy

diving off the coast

of Southern California.

I had a crucial roll

in getting the suit

to perform stably at

depths of 1,000 feet but

their ambition was limited.

Yours I believe is not

and neither is mine.

There were rumors on

the confront circuit

that you are

developing a new suit,

one that can go deeper,

explore further.

I want to be your diver.

Your paper suggesting

that all life stems

from one single deoceanic

rift is compelling.

Not many people are able to

make such a bold statement.

And I have one of my own.

I have always felt

that I am destined

to make discoveries that will

change the course of humanity.

Your expedition, Dr.

Fletcher is the first

with ambition that

matches my own.

You need someone who will

push themselves to the limit.

You need me.

Whatever it is your

searching for down there.

I can find it.

Flowing the descent now.

Activating suit illumination.

- Pressure's good.

Orientation's good.

Continue the descent.

- You're

reaching the maximum

tolerance of the suit.

- I'm approaching the source

of the seismic reading.

Keep lowering.

- The suit

isn't tested on these depths.

- I'm testing it now.

Give me another 200

feet, I'm almost there.

Lowering to 1,500 feet.

- Visibility's dire.

Give me some more light.

There's something down here.

- Olive?

I can't hear you.

- Dara?

Dara are you there?

- Repeat

your last transmission.

I can't hear anything

pull her up.

Get her out of there.

- Olive, olive, olive, olive.

Breathe, breathe.

Breathe, breathe.

Thought we lost you there.

- The exosuit failed.


- We lost contact with you.

But you're back now.



- What happened down there?

- I don't remember.

- Most likely cerebral hypoxia.

That would explain

the memory loss.

You should get it back.

But I wanna see you

everyday until we dock.

And for now,

make sure you get some rest.

- I shouldn't of let

you go that deep.

- I run the dive.

This is on me.

- But you could've died.

- All part of the job.

- You need to listen more.

- Dara.

You saved my life.

Thank you.

- Just doing my job.

You're back early.

- Dr. Fletcher.

- This the tobe I had?

What the f***

happened down there?

There's millions of

pounds of damage.

The whole diving's f***ed.

- I was almost killed.

- What happened down there?

- I don't remember.

- The dive has been

postponed indefinitely.

You destroyed my suit.

My research is

wasted, you are fired.

- But Dr. Fletcher.

- I don't want to see your

face 'till we make port.

You're lucky I don't

throw you overboard.

Enjoy your leave.

It's going to last awhile.

- What's the damage?

- Oxygen tank's burst.

- How?

- A blockage.

No way to fix it, i

need to replace it.

- I know Fletcher fired you.

It's not right.

- It's done.

- You'll be home in five days.

- I'd like to

remind all crew on Shaw beak

to submit for a full

physical for the ship

Dr. froid spark.

I'm gonna further announce

the intra permit to off limits

to all personnel

after 5pm is complete.

- Here let me.

- You're back then.

- Just docked.

- Have you seen Matthew yet?

You put that down.

Stop wasting time with this

old country, go see your fella.

He's been moping

around since you left.

- You've been looking

out for him, haven't you?

- Of course I have darling.

Now get inside and put a

smile back on his face.

- We'll catch you later.

- Hello?

- Hi.

- Olive.

Why didn't you tell

me you were back?

- It wasn't planned.

- We have three new

patients at work.

It's absolutely crazy.

I can't let em' down.

- Of course.

You should go in.

- But you're here.

- And I'll be here

when you get home.

You're late already.

- It's only a single.

I'll be back for tea.

In fact,

I'm gonna cook you dinner.

Crab rozau, you're

gonna love it.

- You're good to me.

- I'll be back

before you know it.

- Matt.

- You down here?

- Just finishing up.

- Wow, you've been busy.

- Good day?

- It is now.

Five months.

- I thought about you,

every day.

- I'm no good on my own.

- I don't know.

House has never looked better.

- I won't leave again.

I'm back.

For good this time.

- Going to gym.

- I can see.

- I did do something

all me self.

- Maybe I'll

make it up to you.

- What you up to today, trouble?

- I've got something

to keep me busy.

- I'm glad you're home.

Don't go changing.

I'll be back soon.

- You're okay.

- You down here?

- Wait, I'll come up.

- You already, yeah?

Table's booked for six.

- I'm coming.

What are you doing back?

- I'm tired.

We should've

finished an hour ago.

You're still in your pj's?

What have you been up to today?

Lazy day?

You're wearing shadow.

- I'm fine, I'll go get changed.

- You alright?

- I'm fine.

- F***in' this idiot.

Come on mate.


You'll be sick.

- I'm tired.


Let's try for a better

introduction this time.

A smokescreen.

Trying to hide are we?

Come on.

What are you?

- Where

does it come from?

- The dive.

- You stole this?

- I found it.

- You shouldn't of took it.

- I went through

a lot in that day.

It was an egg before.

It got lodged in the suit.

I didn't know what it was.

Still don't.

- It's a separate part

of sorts.

It's old.

Really old, almost pre-historic.

We found it so deep I'm

surprised it survived up here.

Look at that.

It does look ill.

- What do you mean?

- It's coloration's

faded, that's not good.

It's a pretty thing.

- Stop!

- You alright?

- I'm fine.

- Have you seen a doctor

since we got back?

- I don't need to.

- Can you remember a

bit what happened to you

down there yet?

- No.

But I'm fine.

- Have you told Matt?

- He'd only worry.

- I'll laugh.

- If you wanna help,

tell me if that's a new species.

- It won't be new.

The ocean's more ancient

than the mountains.

- Is it a new find?

- I don't know.

I can't be sure here.

You need to bring it to the lab.

- I don't work there anymore.

- And Dr. Fletcher cannot

find out about this.

Promise me.

- You have been under

a lot of stress, olive.

You need to get some rest.

- Promise me.

This is between us.

- I promise.

- How was work?

- Worse than ever.

I could deal with his

crap when we were at sea.

I have the ocean for company.

I'm off to the locals

tonight to see if I can

get the wall swaying again.

The grogs better than what

we had on the boat at least.

You and Matt should come down.

- Maybe.

- Is everything alright

with you and him?

- Five months is a long time.

- He's a good guy.

I imagine he's a good listener.

- Thanks for

coming down, dara.

- That thing,

whatever it is,

you need to find

out what it eats.

It's malnourished.

And if you really want

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