The Rift (1990)

  • Year: 1990
  • Released: 26 Jul 1990
  • Country: Spain, United States
  • Adwords: 1 win & 1 nomination
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  • Available in: 720p, 1080p,
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • MPA Rating: R
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror
  • Runtime: 83 min
  • Writer: Juan Piquer Simón, Mark Klein, David Coleman
  • Director: Juan Piquer Simón
  • Cast: Jack Scalia, R. Lee Ermey, Ray Wise
  • Keywords: monster, submarine, giant monster, underwater, giant fish,
33% – Critics
33% – Audience

The Rift Storyline

An experimental submarine, the “Siren II”, is sent to find out what happened to the “Siren I”, which has mysteriously disappeared in a submarine rift. Things go awry when they begin to find things that shouldn’t be there.—Luis Carvacho

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The Rift Movie Reviews

Captain, yellow submarine is ready for rip-off!

I love Juan Piquer-Simón! He’s my absolute favorite bad-movie director and, throughout his whole career, he incompetently tried to cash in on simply every successful contemporary trend in the horror and fantasy genres. After the big hit that was “Superman”, J.P made his own and hilarious “Supersonic Man”, he picked in on the violent slasher-movie madness with the insane “Pieces” and he really over-trumped himself with “The Return of E.T.”, the unofficial and downright laughable sequel to Spielberg’s SF-blockbuster. “The Rift” is obviously inspired by the series of profitable underwater monster movies like “The Abyss” and “Deepstar Six”. From start to finish, you can amuse yourself by spotting all the stolen ideas and shameless rip-offs of these (and other) classics. When a completely new and fancy type of submarine vanishes near the deep Dannekin rift, a second mission with U-boat designer Wick Hayes on board is sent out to investigate what really happened to Siren One. In the dark depths of the ocean, the rescue mission discovers an underwater cavern where the government secretly experiments with mutant sea-creatures. The monsters are quite aggressive but there’s also the danger of a government enemy among the crew members… “The Rift” is a forgettable film, but it nevertheless has some ingenious – though very dodgy – monster models. Fans of blood and gore won’t complain, neither, as the beastly attacks are quite gruesome and merciless. The acting is very wooden although many of the cast names can definitely do better. It’s advisable that you simply enjoy the clichés and gory effects in the “The Rift” because, if you start contemplating about the screenplay, you’ll find that it makes absolutely no sense.

Co-production Spanish-US with international cast and submarine adventures

The underwater sub called Syren 1 is disappeared at a depth of 30.000 feet , and his designer named Wick (Jack Scalia) is sent down by NATO (main chief played by Edmund Purdom) to investigate it . The mission on board a sub called Syren 2 is commanded by a stiff captain (R. Lee Ermey) , the crew is formed by a misfit group (Ray Wise , John Toles Bey , Emilio Linder , Ely Pouget , Frank Braña) and a scientific (Deborah Adair) , former Wick’s love interest . Tracking a black box signal , the submarine heads to the deep rift where they find several surprises and dangers . The danger below is now the danger within . ‘You Can’t Hold your Breath & Scream at the Same Time’

This Sci-Fi/fantasy movie packs a blending of various films , as the deep rift with astonishing monsters (Leviathan , Deepstar six) , a crew saboteur (Alien) , a giant mother of creepy monsters (Aliens) and abysmal underwater mystery with weird beings (Abyss) . Acceptable interpretation and good acting by Lee Ermey , as always , who brings nice performance as a stiff-upper-lip commander , his usual role . The passable secondary cast is full of Spanish actors , such as : Frank Braña , Luis Lorenzo , Tony Isbert and even Pocholo Martinez Bordiú , grandson of dictator Francisco Franco . Cheesy but enjoyable special effects and creatures by Colin Arthur (The Neverending story) . Scale models and functional maquette work by Emilio Ruiz del Rio and Francisco Prosper . Atmospheric and colorful cinematography by Juan Marine , Juan Piquer’s ordinary cameraman . Thrilling and adjusted musical score by Joel Goldsmith , Jerry Goldsmith’s son . It’s produced in middling budget by Francesca DeLaurentiis , daughter of the great Dino . Francesca hired David Coleman to rewrite a 250 pages draft by Colin Wilson . At the beginning the yarn was set in outer space in an earlier draft of the storyline but then was subsequently deemed an underwater setting , providing more stirring and fantastic scenarios . After producing Leviathan (1989) for about $40 million , Dino De Laurentiis , albeit uncredited, decided to finance for his daughter Francesca this medium budget version of his own bigger budgeted movie .

The picture was professionally directed by Juan Piquer Simon (Slugs , Pieces , Extraterrestrials visitors , Supersonic Man), and also producer . The principal shooting for this film lasted eight weeks . Moreover , an additional editing for fourteen weeks was spent by shooting the special effects being carried out by Colin Arthur and Emilio Ruiz Del Rio . Rating : Average but entertaining.

R. Lee Ermey ditches his Drill Seargent role for Navy Commander ……

R. Lee Ermey is the only reason to watch this soggy underwater submarine sci-fi film. He has a starring role, and his presence for the mercifully short 79 minute running time helps maintain some interest. “Endless Descent” is loaded with the usual crisis of the minute clichés, and races along with little character development, and really makes little sense. The crew explores an underwater cave system, while being attacked by a nice assortment of evolutionary accelerated critters. Meanwhile a toxic plant specimen is overrunning the submarine. Throw in a traitor on board, and you pretty much have the plot, or lack thereof. Except for the presence of R. Lee Ermey, this is entirely forgettable nonsense. – MERK