The Thing Below (2004)
Ghost Rig 2: The Legend of the Sea Ghost
It Waits Below
Sea Ghost

Nomination Year: 2011
SYNOPSIS:  While conducting an experimental deep core drill, a team of government researchers accidentally digs up a Cthuloid alien that can cause people to have hallucinations completely indistinguishable from reality. Of course, it escapes and kills (almost) everybody on the oil rig where the drilling was being conducted. To find out what's going on, the government sends in a team of Navy SEALs to rescue any survivors and a CIA guy to ensure that the coverup stays covered up. Of course, only the CIA guy knows what's actually going on.

The SEALs board the rig and start searching for survivors. A couple have ludicrous hallucinations to lure them off on their own so Cthulu can eat them, while the others hallucinate that they're not dead so Cthulu can infiltrate the rest of the group. They find some people who might be survivors or might just be hallucinations of survivors. More people get eaten by Cthulu, the surviving SEALs figure out what's going on, the CIA guy gets killed. In the end, Cthulu is defeated; the rig is blown up; and the head SEAL, his brother, and the beautiful African-American scientist escape. Really? Of course not! Come on, you knew it wasn't real as soon as I said an African-American woman survived a horror movie.

"Whoops!"

For atypical values of "ghost" and "fog"
"There she was, a ghost coming out of the fog." Yeah, that explains the shadows and clear blue sky.

Acting Appropriately Stupid

Cthulu's Favorite Game Show: Let's Make a Meal
"Don't open the door. Don't open the door. Don't open the door!" Guess what he does? Hint: it involves tentacley death!

Crummiest Ending

The Wonderful Thing About 'Thulus....
The oil rig gets blown up and Cthulu is killed. Except, no, he was really in disguise as the scientist and he actually got away. But that's okay, because the Navy is about to show up and blow everyone up, anyway. U-S-A! U-S-A!

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Billy Warlock yes, that's a stage name -- he's appeared in over 600 episodes of various daytime soap operas 
Director Claim to Fame
Jim Wynorski director of such films as Alabama Jones and the Busty Crusade, and the Bare Wench Project series, he also finds time to direct more mainstream fare ... such as this one 

Greg Pearson

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