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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep


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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep is a 2007 (12 years ago) fantasy movie directed by Jay Russell. The screenplay, written by screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs, is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's children's novel The Water Horse. It stars Alex Etel as a young boy who discovers a mysterious egg and cares for what hatches out of it: a 'water horse' (loosely based on the Celtic water horse) which later becomes the fabled Loch Ness Monster. The movie also stars Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, and David Morrissey.

The movie was produced by Revolution Studios and Walden Media, in collaboration with Beacon Pictures, and was distributed by Columbia Pictures. Visual effects, which included the computer-generated imagery of the water horse (named "Crusoe" by Etel's character) were completed by the New Zealand-based companies Weta Digital and Weta Workshop — visual effects companies who worked with Walden Media before on the productions of The Chronicles of Narnia films. The Water Horse was released in the United States on dec. 25, 2007 (12 years ago) (Christmas Day) and in the United Kingdom on Feb. 8, 2008 (11 years ago).



In present-day Scotland, an American tourist couple go into a bar where they meet an old man who tells them a story about the Loch Ness Monster.

In 1942 (77 years ago) Scotland a called boy, Angus MacMorrow lives in a large manor house on the shores of Loch Ness with his mother Anne (housekeeper), his sister, a cook, a maid and an old game keeper. Later they are joined by Lewis Mowbray, who comes to work as a handyman in the manor. Angus' father — a sailor in the Royal Navy — is missing since his ship has been sunk in the war. However, Angus is unable to accept that he may be dead.

One day, while looking for abandoned shells by their respective organisms, he discovers a big mysterious egg. He leaves it in his father's shed and returns later to check it out. An unknown creature hatches from it whom he calls Crusoe after Robinson Crusoe, that becomes the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Angus keeps the creature a secret, but eventually tells his sister and (reluctantly) Lewis about it. Lewis explains to Angus that it is a 'water horse' and that there is always only one such creature: creatures of this species asexually reproduce, and always die before the egg hatches.

The next day troops of the 12th Medium Regiment Royal Artillery, commanded by Captain Thomas Hamilton, a friend of Lord Killin, the owner of the house who is serving with the RAF, arrive at the house. An artillery battery is set up near the lake as defence against possible attacking or hiding German U-boats and the troops set up camp on the grounds of the house. An anti-submarine net is also raised at the mouth of the lake to prevent the entrance of German U-boats into the lake. Meanwhile, Crusoe grows so fast that hiding him becomes impossible and eventually Angus has no other option but to allow Lewis to bring it to the lake.

Captain Hamilton persuades Angus' mother to allow him to teach Angus some discipline and make a soldier out of him. She agrees but after a few days Angus escapes and returns to the lake were he left his friend. Crusoe lets him ride on its back. After some time, it begins to dive underwater, coming to the surface from time to time for breathing. Angus, scared of the water, loudly protests that it should stop diving, but later enjoys himself, perhaps even overcoming his phobia for the sea. The peaceful setting doesn't last long; Crusoe suffers from shell shock after almost getting shot by "Victoria" (a cannon; originally meant to stop submarines) aimed at the lake during a firing demonstration.

Two people who previously saw Crusoe while fishing on the lake attempt to take a photo (wallpaper) of it in order to become rich. When they realize that they won't be able to photograph the real thing due to the bombardment test, they decide to create an imitation, which results in the real-life faked picture (wallpaper) of The Loch Ness Monster, also known as "The Surgeon's Photo".

The photo, however fake, piques the interest of a few soldiers who venture out on the lake at night to kill it. The surprise attack proves futile for the soldiers, as Crusoe easily capsizes their boat. Angus attempts to calm Crusoe down and wades into the lake where he loses his footing and sinks. Crusoe comes to Angus' rescue and saves his life. After much coaxing from Angus, Crusoe decides to leave the loch for shelter and safety. Crusoe attempts to jump over the anti-submarine net but instead crushes it with its weight and escapes from the lake. It is implied that Angus finally accepts that his father may never return home while he sees Crusoe's departure from afar, along with Lewis and his family. (The story ends with the fact that, while several people claim to have seen Crusoe over the years, Angus never saw it again and yet never doubts that it was real.)

After the story was told (it is revealed that the story teller is Angus himself), a mother calls out to her son, who is walking down the beach and spots a rock. The rock looks similar to the egg that the water horse, or 'Nessie' as known in modern times, had hatched from. The last thing that is heard in the movie is a crack from the egg, hinting to the viewers that Crusoe has died, but not before leaving an egg behind.


  • Alex Etel as Angus MacMorrow
  • Emily Watson as Anne MacMorrow
  • Ben Chaplin as Lewis Mowbray
  • David Morrissey as Captain Thomas Hamilton
  • Priyanka Xi as Kirstie MacMorrow
  • Craig Halls as Charlie MacMorrow
  • Brian Cox as Old Angus
  • Erroll Shand as Lt. Wormsley


The movie received favorable reviews from critics. As of dec. 26, 2007 (12 years ago), the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 73 percent of critics gave the movie positive reviews, based on 56 reviews, classifying the movie as "Certified Fresh". Metacritic reported the movie had an average score of 73 out of 100, based on 16 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Pete Hammond of Maxim magazine (55 walls) gave the movie 4 stars out of 5, saying "It's not only the perfect holiday movie, but perhaps the most wondrous movie of its kind since E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial touched down." Hammond said the character Angus is "expertly played by Alex Etel," said the movie was "skillfully directed by Jay Russell", and said the special effects were "stunning" and "rival the year's best."


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