release year: 2004
genre: horror
viewing setting: home DVD, 12/31/12

synopsis: On a remote oil rig, some weird gunk gets spilled, resulting in gigantic killer worms with fangs.

impressions: This one fits solidly into the "so bad it's good" category. For reasons I couldn't quite follow, a 4-person crew is sent to a deserted oil rig to clean it; the cleaner they are told to use is experimental, and if mixed in the wrong proportions, might cause mutations in living creatures. Might? Try WILL. Yeah, some tiny little worm grows to about twenty feet, eats one of the crew, and then starts reproducing. Oh, also three rogue environmentalists and a corporate executive also show up. That's a total of seven victims, not counting the guy who already got eaten. The special effects are decent, and there are some entertaining characters (the coward, the big strong guy, the loyal friend, the lovebirds.) Decent gore too. And plot holes. Oh, also, the movie cover is misleading - the worm never gets big enough to eat the entire oil rig in one bite. So insane!

something this movie has that no other movie has: an industrial cleaning agent that causes mutations if mixed improperly

acting: They all did decent jobs, though the main (corporate) woman delivered 90% of her lines as if she was about to burst into tears.

final word: Worth seeing, once, for average-caliber monster cheese.

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