In a time of pandemic, it’s an eerie kind of foreshadowing, as
the crew on an isolated Irish fishing trawler finds itself infected, with
the resultant controversy over whether to try to make it to shore, and
thus risk infecting others.
Except the infection comes not from a virus, but from a misplaced
sea creature. It seems their
excursion into a “forbidden zone” of the ocean (presumably because of
whale habitat preservation) produced an unwelcome passenger, a
parasitic-type of giant squid that’s attached itself to the hull of the
The problem is that whatever this sea creature is, it produces
larvae that enter the human body through any kind of cut, and then the
larvae quickly consume their “host” from the inside.
Yep, it’s pretty gruesome, as we would expect this genre of
“horror movie” to be. But
at least this one, rather than merely indulging in emotional gore, at
least presents us with some cerebral aspects in its screenplay.
It seems the newest member of the crew, Siobhan (Hermione Corfield)
is a shy young grad student researcher, who’s reluctantly agreed to come
along on this voyage because her professor insisted that she needs to do
some real field work in her specialty, which happens to involve marine
However, the rest of the crew members treat her like a pariah,
because they’re superstitious about a redhead on a ship.
(Is that an Irish thing?) Director
and Writer Neasa Hardiman attempts to develop the crew member characters
at first: the grizzled captain
and his hard-boiled wife, who's also the first mate, the engineer who’s
constructed his own water purification system, the good-looking bloke who
almost provides some romantic interest for Siobhan----but the crew’s
interaction quickly becomes subservient to the predator creature, which
has somehow managed to infiltrate the fresh water tank, as well as the
They think they’re saved by a passing ship, but it turns out
their crew is all dead----it’s assumed from self-inflicted wounds
brought about by mass delirium, also known as “Sea Fever” (hence the
title). So now we return to
the horror genre of crew members succumbing to the infection, one by one,
until we’re left with---well, we have to guess, don’t we?
Isn’t that the fun part?
“Sea Fever” has its flaws, particularly a mushy sound quality,
and a desultory, claustrophobic setting, but at least it doesn’t insult
the viewer’s intelligence. And
even manages a surprise or two.