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Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Beast of the Bering Sea'

Dennis King Published: March 25, 2014

This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:

“Beast of the Bering Sea”

Syfy Channel Originals have a certain dubious cache among fans of bad, cheapo horror movies (this is the outlet that gave us “Sharknado,” after all). And in its latest, “Beast of the Bering Sea” (due out on DVD Tuesday), Syfy delivers another formulaic fright flick that more than lives up to the channel’s notoriously low standards.

Originally titled “Bering Sea Beast” and airing in 2013, this by-the-numbers tale of rampaging sea vampires is rife with bad acting, ticky-tacky CGI effects, predictable plot turns and a ridiculously over-the-top premise – which all, by the way, suit Syfy’s knowing, wink-wink style of self parody to a T.

“Beast” typically features a B-level cast that includes Cassie Scerbo (of “Sharknado,” no less), soap star Brandon Beemer (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), former child actor Jonathan Lipnicki (“Jerry Maguire”), exotic hottie Jacqueline Fleming (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) and a blink-of-the-eye turn by TV veteran Kevin Dobson (“Knot’s Landing”).
The story kicks off when gold-hunting siblings Donna (Scerbo) and Joe (Lipnicki) are confronted by a bloodthirsty pod of sea vampires, which quickly dispatch their gnarly father (Dobson) to a salty grave. Turns out this unleashes an ancient curse of sea vampires capable of swimming, flying and walking on land in search of warm-blooded victims (seals or humans).

Soon enough, the revenge-driven siblings join forces with a dedicated, bikini-clad marine biologist (Fleming) to “kill or be killed by the beasts.”

“Beast of the Bering Sea” is not rated and runs 86 minutes. It’s being released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

- Dennis King