Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It’s Better Down Where It’s Wetter

A strange trend for you to consider.



Released: August 9, 1989

Plot summary: A civilian diving team are enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.



Released: March 17, 1989

Plot summary: Underwater deep-sea miners encounter a Soviet wreck and bring back a dangerous cargo to their base on the ocean floor with horrifying results.



Released: January 13, 1989

Plot summary: At the bottom of the ocean, the DeepStar Six has just discovered a new and deadly alien menace.



Released: July 1, 1989

Plot summary: A down-on-his-luck sea captain goes treasure hunting for a wrecked Spanish galleon that is rumored to be cursed by God and protected by supernatural forces.



Released: April 21, 1989

Plot summary: Man has finally conquered the ocean. America's first self-contained undersea laboratory is the pride of the nation, and expectations are high for an elaborate undersea mining operation. What wasn’t expected was the inhabitants of an undiscovered world.



Released: March 9, 1990

Plot summary: An experimental submarine, the Siren II, with a very experienced crew is sent to find out what happened to the Siren I, mysteriously disappeared in a submarine rift. Things go awry when they begin to find things that shouldn't be there...

My takeaway: WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED IN 1989? What made people — and Hollywood especially — so terrified of the ocean? What about the ocean are we no longer so terrified of? Are we foolish for ignoring the brackish menace at our shores that Hollywood tried to warn us about back in 1989? Is it weird if The Little Mermaid painted a far rosier picture of the ocean back in 1989? What was Disney trying to cover up?

But no, seriously, my takeaway: What so affected the human psyche during this time period that we all turned our attention to the depths of the sea, if only for this brief period?

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:12 PM

    "What wasn’t expected was the inhabitants of an undiscovered world."

    I suppose it would be weird if you DID expect the inhabitants of an uninhabited world...

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    1. Personally speaking, I always expect inhabitants of undiscovered worlds.

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  2. The Abyss was highly anticipated, so a bunch of opportunistic directors tried to take advantage of the hype. We still see this today, with Aaron Seltzer putting out crappy "parodies" based on the trailors of upcoming films.

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    1. I'm familiar with that, but I guess I just am surprised to learn that it was happening back when I was a kid, too. I'm also surprised -- maybe even impressed -- that some of the knock-offs could have beaten The Abyss to the punch and gotten released so far in advance.

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  3. Or how DreamWorks used to put out a movie really similar to whatever Pixar was working on at the time.

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