Ahh, I do love a good cryptid movie; cryptid as in creatures that are rumored to exist without proof. Now I own this movie due to a slight mix up in movie titles. I was actually looking for a different movie and got this one by mistake. But, it’s all good and I had no problem keeping this movie and enjoying another monster movie. So let’s enjoy my mistake with Beneath Loch Ness.
The plot: On a diving expedition in Loch Ness, team leader Gus and his assistant Julie make a discovery and radio the rest of the team, Jake and Rob, who are on the surface. As they make plans to head back to the surface, a sudden earthquake occurs and Gus ends up falling into the fissure that opened up. Julie manages to make it back to the surface as the Coast Guard is called in to help try and find Gus’s body but they have no luck, nor do they see the thing that came out of the fissure. In the U.S., Expedition Channel owner Mason is talking with Elizabeth Powell, one of his producers, about Gus’s death and the expedition and Elizabeth explains that Gus had a theory and was actually onto something before he died. She manages to pitch an idea to use Gus’s death to help them set up a show and Mason agrees to let her do it and tells her to get Case Howell, Gus’s protege, to lead the team. Elizabeth reluctantly calls Case, who is on a dig in Afghanistan, and tells him they need him in Scotland, letting him know about Gus’s death. Case arrives in Scotland and is met by Julie and Ron, who tell him that there is a memorial service for Gus that day as they haven’t found his body yet. When he arrives at their base camp, Jake and Ron argue with Case, saying that he should have been there to help Gus, but Julie interrupts them and tells Case they will be packed up and out of there in the morning. Case is shocked and asks if they are giving up and says he wants to finish Gus’s work and says he will leave the choice up to them on if they stay or not. After the memorial service, Case and the others are drinking at a bar when they are approached by a local named Andrea, who runs a web site dedicated to Loch Ness and Nessie. She tries to ask them for any information they might have that they can put on their face But Case abruptly leaves and Julie says they are still coming to grips with Gus’s death. The next day, Case is going over the data from the sensors with Ron and Julie, with Jake giving Case a hard time. Meanwhile, one of Andrea’s friends jumps onto a tour boat while Andrea and two others prepare to take a fake Nessie out to tease the tourists. As the man in the boat watches, he sees something swim underneath the glass bottom boat as he films it and after it swims past, he calls Andrea and tells them they did a great job but Andrea says they didn’t do anything, as something had attacked their float and destroyed it, and one of their kids are missing. A short while later, the kids body is seen floating underneath the tour boat. Meanwhile, Jake and Julie had dived down to where Gus was last seen and as they are placing sensors, they discover some large fossilized eggs. Suddenly, Ron and Jake detect a large creature heading towards them and as it passes overheard, Julie gets knocked away in it’s wake and Jake’s air hose starts leaking due to it’s being damaged by some falling rocks. After it makes another pass, Jake is able to locate Julie and they both make it back to the surface. Heading back to their base camp, they go over the data and video they were able to get but didn’t get any clear pictures of the creature. As they head into town for the night, they see a commotion on the dock and later learn about the boy’s death. Case heads to the hospital and runs into Andrea and her friends and offers them his condolences. When he asks for any information they might have, Andrea tells him to piss off but her friends give him the tape they shot. As Case and the others head to their base camp to go over the tape, some fishermen are out on the loch doing some “boom fishing” when they are attacked by the creature. Ron is able to clean up the video and Case calls Elizabeth to tell her what they found only to learn that she is on her way to Scotland. Case picks Elizabeth up and takes her back to the base camp, where they show her what they have but Elizabeth says it isn’t enough. When she wants to use Gus’s death for a show, Case and her argue about it, where it is revealed that they used to be married, and Case manages to convince her not to pull the plug on their expedition. Case tries to get the local constable to close the loch but he refuses, saying that Andrea and her friends admitted to trying to pull off a hoax and he wasn’t going to do anything to harm their tourist season. As they go to leave, a local named Blay tells them he can help and Elizabeth dismisses him but Case and Julie pay Blay a visit, and learn that he had seen the creature years ago when he was boom fishing with his son, who ended up being killed by the creature. As Case and the others continue looking for evidence, they find the wreckage of Blay’s boat and are able to confirm his record of events. The next day, the constable holds a press conference and says that they have the remains of a creature which they believe is responsible for the boy’s death but as he shows the remains to the assembled group, Blay says that it is too small and not the creature that killed his son. As the constable has everyone leave, Case tells him that Blay is right and the creature he has is too small to be what they were tracking but the constable dismisses them. Later that night, Case, Julie, and Elizabeth break into the morgue so Julie can examine the creature and discovers a giant bite in it’s side, which the constable had made sure not to show the crowd earlier. When they return to their camp, they find Blay waiting for them and tell him they know that what the constable has is not the creature they were tracking. Suddenly, they see some campers nearby lighting off fireworks and heading into the water and Case, Elizabeth, Blay, and Julie head out to get them out of the water. As they try to warn the people, Case and Elizabeth’s boat is destroyed by the creature, who rears up and eats the swimmers while Case and Elizabeth are picked up by Blay and Julie. When they return to the shore, Case argues with the constable about his refusal to close the loch and blames him for the people’s deaths and so the constable arrests Case. As the constable makes plans to use depth charges to kill the creature, Blay decides to take matters into his own hands and convinces Jake to give him a dive suit so he can go after the creature. Case is released from jail and heads back to camp but when he learns about Blay, he decides to head down after him. Case locates Blay, who has laid a trap in the flute that leads to the ocean and refuses to leave until he kills Nessie. As the depth charges drive the creature towards them, Case tells Julie and the other to get them to call off the Coast Guard but they don’t listen and the depth charges continue and as Nessie breaks through Blay’s net, a depth charge ends up causing a cave in that seals Case and Blay inside the flute with them, severing their radio contact with the others. As Case and Blay search for a way out, they discover a fresh nest of eggs that the creature had laid. Blay starts destroying the eggs, which causes the creature to revive and attack him. Blay drops a mine into the nest and activates it, destroying the nest, himself, and the creature. Case is knocked unconscious by the blast and the current carries him out to the ocean, where a biker finds him on the beach. Case rejoins the others, who thought he was dead, and as he hands Julie and Ron his backpack, which contains one of the creature’s eggs, Case talks with Elizabeth and they try to work out new relationship between them.
This was a decent movie for the most part but it had it’s flaws. The acting was ok, with Brian Wimmer and Lysette Anthony doing a good job as Case and Elizabeth respectively and the chemistry between them actually worked with their characters. I also liked Patrick Bergin as Blay, and while they were somewhat major characters, the three assistants had no real character depth to them, except for Jake starting off as just being an asshole towards Case. The story was honestly kind of boring and felt like they tried going one way with it but when it didn’t seem to go they way they wanted they tried to change things midstream. The special effects were honestly a little weak at times, including one time where they had used green screen to have Elizabeth at a train station. Seriously, why couldn’t they just have her at a train station is a mystery to me but it just looked completely out of place. The monster actually looked fairly decent, giving it a more flattened, shovel-like head instead of the more typical elongated head that you see in most Nessie movies. A decent time killer of a B-movie but I had hoped for something better.
Rating: 3 out of 5