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John Connor [Celluloid 03.21.22] scifi horror thriller



Based on the Dark Horse comic book series VIRUS written by Chuck Pfarrer, the 1999 movie version passed a lot of scifi/horror fans by when it was initially released and has been relegated to obscurity ever since.

However, with a great pedigree of talent both behind and in front of the camera, and some pretty sick and gory practical VFX work, I think it demands a revisit.

I recently picked up a limited Blu-ray edition of the film from Germany (Cinema-Strange Extreme release). I had never seen the film and had very low expectations since nobody talks about the film really. But, man, I was surprised at what a blast it was.

Here's a look at the German release. There are a couple more images on my Instagram page.

Shout! Factory have also recently released the film on Blu-ray.











The film was produced by Gale Ann Hurd (The Terminator The creative team from ALIENS) and and its heritage to her pervious films with James Cameron are evident. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland and William Baldwin.


Watcher's Pro Tip: I watched the film not really knowing the year it was made. If you pretend it's from 1989 and not 1999, it's particularly impressive ;)


Story: After outrunning a typhoon at sea, a strong-willed tugboat navigator and her crew discover a high-tech alien life form that's taken control of a Russian research vessel and aims to destroy on a massive scale.






Recommended Release: VIRUS











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Digger (3 months ago) Reply

I too am a fan, though some of the character's actions are naff (a fault laid solely at the writer's feet).
Reportedly, Jamie Lee Curtis hated making the film, but I think she did well in the movie.

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Wumpus (3 months ago) Reply

Like the author, for some reason I associate this one with the late 80's era of Leviathan (1898) and Deepstar Six (1989). Since both of are terrible "Alien but underwater and all the characters are idiots", this isn't a good thing.

Virus was the "HUMANITY IS THE VIRUS!!" one, right? If it shows up on a free streaming service I'll give it another chance.


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