Special a 35mm presentation Cameron on Film

The Abyss (1989): a 35mm presentation

Hoezo in KINO

With the massive critical and financial success of Aliens, Cameron could handpick his next project. He set out to combine his passion for deep sea exploration and a lifelong ambition to push technological boundaries in filmmaking with The Abyss, a suffocatingly tense thriller about a diving team setting out to salvage a nuclear submarine. Shot for large parts underwater and with almost no stunt doubles, the project took a massive toll on cast and crew (Ed Harris almost drowned, as did Cameron himself), but the result is an astoundingly claustrophobic and submersive experience that also debuts a successfully utilized use of CGI in a sequence with an alien lifeform that gave Cameron the confidence he could pull off a certain liquid entity in his next project… The Abyss still lacks a proper digital restoration, so to fully experience this underrated deepsea sci-fi, you have to catch it on 35mm. Don’t miss out on this great print (the theatrical cut) provided by Eye Filmmuseum. English language with Dutch subtitles.


James Cameron
Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester
actie, avontuur, science fiction
130 minuten


A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean’s surface where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it.

The Abyss (1989) behind the scenes featurette (VHS quality)

The Abyss (1989) original theatrical trailer