Leviathan (1989)

Italy, USA,
35mm film, “color by Technicolor”, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo Spectral Recording, English

An Italian/American horror film directed by George P. Cosmatos.

Plot Summary

A group of deep-sea miners encounters the failed result of in the depths of the ocean.


Directed by: George P. Cosmatos
© MCMLXXXIX [1989] Filmauro, S.r.l.
Luigi & Aurelio De Laurentiis present a Gordon Company production. A film by George P. Cosmatos. From Filmauro
Executive Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Charles Gordon
Produced by: Luigi and Aurelio De Laurentiis
Screenplay by: David Peoples, Jeb Stuart
Story by: David Peoples
Director of Photography: Alex Thomson
Edited by: Roberto Silvi, John F. Burnett
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Sound Mixer: Robin Gregory
Costume Designer: April Ferry
Key Makeup Artist: Zoltan Elek
Key Hair Stylist: Aldo Signoretti
Creature Effects Produced by: Stan Winston
Mechanical Effects Supervisor: Nick Allder
Visual Effects Supervisor: Barry Nolan
Visual Effects and Computer Graphics: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Additional Visual Effects: Industrial Light & Magic; Cinema Research Corporation
Production Designer: Ron Cobb
Casting by: Mike Fenton, Jane Feinberg, Lynda Gordon
Filmed on location at Cinecitta' Film Studios, Rome, Mediterranean Film Studios, Malta and the Gulf of Mexico

Peter Weller (Beck)
Richard Crenna (Doc)
Amanda Pays (Willie)
Daniel Stern (Sixpack)
Ernie Hudson (Jones)
Michael Carmine (DeJesus)
Meg Foster (Martin)
Lisa Eilbacher (Bowman)
Hector Elizondo (Cobb)
Eugene Lipinsky (Russian ship captain)
Larry Dolgin (helicopter pilot)
Pascal Druant, Steve Pelot (winch operators)

Alternative Titles

Havets hämnare – Swedish video title
Kuoleman laiva – Finnish video title
Leviatan – Romanian title
Leviathan – dödens fartyg – Swedish Finnish title
Leviathan – Dødens skip – Norwegian title
Leviathan – fanget i dybet – Danish title
Leviathan – havetes hämnare – Swedish title
Leviathan, terror en la profundidad – Mexican title
Leviathan: El demonio del abismo – Spanish title
Levijatan – Serbian title
Lewiatan – Polish title
O Mistério dos Oceanos – Portuguese title
Vurgun – Turkish title
Λεβιάθαν – Greek title
Левиатан – Bulgarian title
Левиафан – Russian title

Extracts included in
Dissecting Cobb with Hector Elizondo (2014)
In Search of Tomorrow (2022)
Leviathan: Monster Melting Pot (2014)
Surviving Leviathan with Ernie Hudson (2014)
Trailer Trauma 3: 80s Horrorthon (2017)


American Cinematographer vol.70 no.4 (April 1989) pp.30-34 – illustrated interview with Alex Thomson (Leviathan – We Go Under the Sea Again!Cinefantastique vol.19 no.4 (May 1989) p.12 – illustrated preview (by Bob Morrish)
Cinefantastique vol.19 no.5 (July 1989) p.55 – review (Judith P. Harris)
Cinefantastique vol.20 no.1/2 (November 1989) pp.110-111, 118; 111 – illustrated article (Monster making behind the scenes of Leviathan by Bob Moorish); credits, review ( epic gives dramatic licence a bad name by Steve Biodrowski)
City Limits no.449 (10 May 1990) p.29 – review
Empire no.12 (June 1990) pp.26 – illustrated review (New Films by Kim Newman)
Films and Filming no.424 (February 1990) p.43 – illustrated credits, review
Films and Filming no.424 February 1990) pp.16-19 – illustrated interview with George Pan Cosmatos (Action Man by David Stansfield)
Foreign Sales, Italian Movie Trade vol.14 no.10/11 (October/November 1988) pp.20, 61 – credits
The Hollywood Reporter vol.302 no.37 (7 June 1988) p.32 – credits
Interzone no.34 (March/April 1990) p.32 – review (by Nick Lowe)
Legend no.31 2000) pp.8-14 – illustrated article (Swept by the sea by Graham Vassie)
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.57 no.676 (May 1990) pp.132-133 – illustrated credits, review
Screen International no.651 (7 May 1988) p.300 – note
Screen International no.654 (28 May 1988) p.29 – credits
Screen International no.662 (23 July 1988) p.22 – note
Sight & Sound vol.1 no.7 November 1991) p.62 – video review
Starburst no.139 (March 1990) pp.23-24 – illustrated review
Time Out no.1029 (9 May 1990) pp.35 – illustrated review
Variety 22 Mar 1989) p.22 – credits, review

The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.324
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.287
Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.745-747 – credits, synopsis, review
Italian Horror 1979-1994 by Jim Harper pp.142-143 – illustrated credits, review
Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.68 – credits, review