2010 / Director. Brian Yuzna.
It is with affection when I say that AMPHIBIOUS is a piece of shit. Like the classic B-movies of the 50s, it's the type of turdish movie that you can only embrace. Like so many B-movie auteurs, I worship the ground Brian Yuzna walks on. He's been such an influential filmmaker to me that no matter what he delivers, I will lap it up. That's not to say I'm oblivious to their quality. Over the years as a writer, producer and director he's given us some amazing films; such as Re-Animator, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, Society, From Beyond, Warlock, Dagon and Romasanta (and that's just some). He has also delivered us some poxy movies like Rottweiler, Arachnid and The Dentist. As a cult genre fan I embrace this type of thing and like recent examples such as Sharknado, Sand Sharks and Mega Piranha - it's shonkiness is it's allure. The movie opens with a weird title sequence featuring a sunken Atlantis type of ancient society. Cut to a fishing platform in the middle of the ocean, off the coast of Indonesia. A group of smugglers and child labourers find themselves to be live-bait for a giant creature from the deep. With the arrival of a marine-biologist and her chartered captain we learn that the 2004 tsunami released ancient micronisms, which have grown into monstrous jurassic sized scorpions. Such a stupid premise lends to a fun-filled, gore infested schlock-fest. Yuzna's use of soundstage lends the movie a surreal aesthetic that reassures the viewer that it's supposed to be hokey (as opposed to unintentionally bad). Perhaps watching AMPHIBIOUS on 3D blu-ray was a mistake because the resolution was so sharp that the sound-stage revealed it's secrets. What are supposed to be pitch black night-time backdrops are clearly black curtains, which sway to the movement of an off-camera fan. There are also moments when markers on the green screen have been left in the final cut... it makes me wonder if the film was rushed to release or whether the editor said to Yuzna "hey, there's stuff we need to address here" and Yuzna has replied "meh. fuck it". In any case these hilariously inept mistakes give the viewer more to enjoy. It's far from Brian Yuzna's best and it's quite possibly his worst but it remains so bad, its good and a highly enjoyable slice of gobbledygook. Corman would be proud!