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Creature Feature Wednesdays: LL Cool J vs. the 'Deep Blue Sea'

When Renny Harlin’s Deep Blue Sea surfaced in 1999, it was during my formative cinematic years (I was a freshman in high school). And this film made me realize something highly important: I am both terrified and fascinated by sharks. Real sharks, movie sharks, puppet sharks, fake sharks, CGI sharks—all sharks.

Deep Blue Sea - Shark Attack

It may not be Jaws, but Deep Blue Sea certainly holds its own as a late-’90s creature thriller, including one of the best shark scenes ever to hit the silver screen.

The Gist

Saffron Burrows (The Bank Job) is Dr. McAlester, a scientist whose intentions may be good (attempting to cure Alzheimer’s), but her methods meddle a bit too much with Mother Nature’s handiwork (think Jurassic Park). Basically, the good doc genetically modifies the brains of three sharks to harvest a cure. It works (Yay!), but also results in three absurdly adept—and moderately pissed off—sharks.

At their water-locked lab (aka Aquatica), a massive storms hits at the same time that the sharks decide to fight back. Dr. McAlester, her main investing executive (Samuel L. Jackson), and the rest of the team (including Thomas Jane, Michael Rapaport, and LL Cool J) are then left to defend themselves against the animals while Aquatica begins to flood.

Best Kill Ever

Odds are that even if you’ve never seen Deep Blue Sea, you may have seen a GIF or meme from it. What am I referring to? Spoiler! Samuel L. Jackson’s death scene. This is the film’s shining, spectacular moment. After a rather powerful, albeit trite, speech of unity and fighting as a team, Jackson’s character is abruptly attacked and killed by a shark. The scene is so fast and unexpected; it has since become the progenitor for similar, subsequent attack scenes in creature movies. In truth, it’s comparable to Brody’s famous chum scene in Jaws—with just a bit more feigned inspiration, resulting in quick catastrophe. Our “jaws” drop—and then we have to laugh.

Deep Blue Sea - Samuel L Jackson

LL Cool J

Even though she’s technically the lead, Dr. McAlester isn’t the hero we want—as she’s pretty much to blame for everything—and Thomas Jane’s broody, sarcastic diver, Carter, isn’t totally likable. So, who’s the real hero? Leave that to LL Cool J’s “Preacher”—the facility’s resident chef. He adds humor and proves skillful when he burns a shark and later stabs another in the eye with his own crucifix. Badass. His motivation for shark hunting? Perhaps it has something to do with one of the beasts eating Preacher’s pet parrot. You read that right.

Deep Blue Sea - LL Cool J

And let’s top off the LL Cool J sundae with his original soundtrack song, “Deepest Bluest,” aka “My hat is like a shark’s fin” (at least in my household). It’s solid gold creature-feature music, right up there with Debbie and Tiffany’s contributions to the genre.

Fun Facts

  • The sharks are killed the same way they are killed in the first three Jaws movies.
  • Four of the film’s main actors appear in Marvel-related properties: Thomas Jane as The Punisher, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Stellan Skarsgard as Dr. Selvig (Thor, The Avengers), and Saffron Burrows as Victoria Hand (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) .
  • Roger Ebert actually gave Deep Blue Sea three stars, saying, “In a genre where a lot of movies are retreads of the predictable, Deep Blue Sea keeps you guessing.”

View the trailer for Deep Blue Sea below:

Tips for viewing: With the exception of a few, these movies are not masterpieces. Don’t view them as such. Don’t take them seriously. Watch them with friends and create your own commentary—on the acting, editing, bad choices, etc. And remember—have fun!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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