A group of drug smugglers stumble upon an oil rig after their boat explodes, where they find lab equipment and what looks like leftover Blakes 7 sets, and a slimy, rubbery, big-toothed monster with bad intentions. Top billing goes to Craig Fairbrass - a bloke who was in Eastenders, and not one of Right Said Fred as I had originally thought. And Doug Bradley (Pinhead from Hellraiser) pops up for a few minutes at the end.
There should have been a lot going for this film. The situation is interesting, the location is isolated and claustrophobic, the monster effects are mostly practical rather than CGI, and Craig Fairbrass gets his top off in at least one scene. But I found myself being easily distracted from the movie, and having to go back and re-watch bits after realising I hadn't been paying attention. For a film that features explosions, monsters, guns and muscles, I was surprised to find myself getting bored and wondering how much longer was left.
The special effects are a mixed bag. They are at times quite effective, then suddenly some terrible computer imagery will appear, or a miniature model boat with laughably out-of-scale flames. The story starts off interesting, then you realise just how much it owes to The Thing (1982). There are jump scares, which mostly rely on sudden sound effects rather than tension, and overall the film just isn't at all frightening.
For me, it felt like the kind of low budget horror/scifi that starts off being entertaining for all the wrong reasons, then just becomes a slog to sit through. If it's on the telly it might be worth a look, but I certainly wouldn't recommend buying or renting it.