Our first movie was The Rift, a 1990 science fiction film about a sub designer and secret genetic experiment. Jack Scalia plays the sub designer. He was shut out of the program and now is being forced to go on a mission to find out what happened to the sub he designed. I can't remember the show that Jack was on and I don't care enough to go to his IMDb page while I have it open for the movie. He's pretty dull as an actor but he's tall and has nice hair.
R Lee Emery plays the tough Captain who's in charge of the mission. Ray Wise is his second in command. They head out in the second sub that was built from Jack's designs. Like the first one, it's been modified. There's some tension between the characters, especially over that modifing, which they get to work it out with some fairly poor dialog. The script is by David Coleman, whose only other credit is the uncredited screenplay to the 1992 movie La mansión de los Cthulhu. It was called Cthulhu Mansion over here. Lucky for me I hadn't seen it. Lucky for us David quit putting words on paper and calling it a script. The movie is directed by JP Simon or Juan Piquer Simón who directed some other crappy genre pictures, including La mansión de los Cthulhu. That movie scores a 2.0 on the IMDb and The Rift scores a 4.0. That might be generous for The Rift, it shouldn't be any higher, that's for sure. It's only redeeming feature is that Ray Wise needed a job. A man's got to eat. The sub and crew have a hard time with the descent, one guy gets eaten by a sea monster, but they get to an underground cave where the first subs black box beacon is supposed to be. It turns out the be some sort of bio-experiment place that's had a problem and all the plants have gone wild.
About the only thing we all liked was the cthulhu like monster in the cave under the sea. It's got a big tenticle like bit that comes out of the center and it sucks a guy right into what looks like it's mouth. That was kind of cool but not savin' the movie from getting slagged kind of cool. There are smaller bitey monster that are about human size. One by one the crew get picked off. Eventually Jack saves the gal who was his old girldfriend and they get to the escape pod, leaving the infected R Lee to blow up when they destroy the complex. It's a pretty sad film, Not one I would recommend to prety much anyone.
The Rift movie came out about the same time that there were a whole bunch of undersea monster films in the theater. Some of the others are much more enjoyable. My watched movie list says that I watched The Rift in 1992 under the title Endless Descent. I had completely forgotten this pretty poor addition to any list. Back on April 3 1992 we got together for Friday Night Movies and this is what I wrote in my Week-At-A-Glance: Greg brought Thundercrack and The Wandering Kid. I brought Endless Descent - Yuck.
Our second film was GOG. You read the review I did of it in 2010 when I saw it last. I had already forgotten a lot of the story and scenes. It's really not that memorable a film but it's still kind of fun to watch. We laughed and made merry.