Picks and Pans Review: Deepstar Six

updated 01/30/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/30/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

Making allowances for filmmakers just starting out is one thing. But there's no excusing director Sean S. Cunningham for the shocking ineptitude of this sad-sack submarine saga. This is Cunningham's 11th movie. His Last House on the Left and the original Friday the 13th were efficient horror fodder. But this watery misadventure is a real career sinker. For a few minutes, the plot pretends to be about a lab base six miles below the ocean's surface. Its assignment is to install a Navy deep-sea missile base. But one look at the crew tips off the film's real intentions. The movie starts with Greg Evigan, of TV's B.J. and the Bear, in bed with comely Nancy Ever hard. Then we cut to hot number Nia Peeples, of TV's Fame, playing who-shut-off-the-hot-water in the shower with Matt {Police Academy V) McCoy. Some sub. Cunningham sets up sexy cuties to be rubbed out one by one by a sea monster as fake as anything this side of Godzilla vs. Megalon. Yes, folks, it's Friday the 13th all over again, with Navy personnel subbing for randy teenage campers and the monster playing Jason. Perhaps the man who pushed his luck by titling a movie Friday the 13th has finally pushed too far. (R)

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