Sea Fever ★★★

To say this borrows elements of other, better horror movies is being kind — it’s more like a sandwich with Alien as the meat and The Thing as the bread. It’s still reasonably tense before turning listless, and the understated pathos Nielsen and Scott bring to their roles is deep and satisfying. The puny budget is never not a deficit, though, and having the lead character — whose scientific chops and scary intellectual focus are touted again and again in the opening scenes — dip her ungloved fingers into the suppurating goo of an unidentified species straightaway is a tough plot lapse to forgive. Good effort all the same, and more horror movies by women (and Irish) directors is unequivocally beneficial.

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