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Beneath Loch Ness – 5

Director – Chuck Comisky

Cast – Patrick Bergin, Lysette Anthony, Brian Wimmer, Lysa Apostle, Vernon Wells, David Andriole, Chris Taaffe, Adria Dawn, Dick Stilwell

Release Year – 2002

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Recently I felt the need to give some “bad” films a try, and the first of these “if they keep me from falling asleep I’ll be happy” flicks is Beneath Loch Ness. I have always had a fascination with the Loch Ness mystery ever since childhood, and since then I have tried to watch as many films on the subject as I could. The extreme majority of them are pretty bad, but much to my surprise Beneath Loch Ness was better than I expected. Don’t underestimate having low expectations!

When a scientific expedition to Loch Ness ends in the tragic death of the group’s leader, Professor Howell shows up to take over. Continuing the previous explorer’s work, the group stumbles upon a very big secret hidden within the loch – one soon to wreak havoc on the local population unless the scientists can stop it.

The story is the typical cliché mess but if you enjoy Nessie flicks then this one may be interesting enough to keep you engaged. I simply love the idea of a giant Plesiosaur hidden well beneath the waters of the spooky loch, and the film’s writers threw in more Plesiosaur action than I expected. There are lots of underwater scenes that really held my interest given they raised the stakes and left our protagonists vulnerable to the dark murky water and the horror that hides within it. On top of that there are plenty of kills occurring above water and even a few twists and turns regarding what is actually in the water. The usual clichés should be expected, like a police force that is fully aware of the dangers but refuses to act on the threat, but surprisingly these clichés did not have a strong negative impact on the film.

For a TV film the look and feel is better than expected and Chuck Comisky does a decent job with the execution. The acting performances are nothing to rave about and are probably more on the negative side, but everything else was just fine. The horror was decent and while most of the monster scenes were CGI they were executed mostly well and the CGI was not horrible. This remains the only film on Comisky’s directing resume, and that may tell you all you need to know.

Overall, Beneath Loch Ness is a decent TV movie that gives us a better experience than most would expect. This is by no means a good film and should definitely be watched, if ever, when you have nothing better to watch or are genuinely interested in Loch Ness films.

Rating: 5/10

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