Humanoids from the Deep

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Overview

This gory, scary low-budget shocker from the Roger Corman stable concerns the battle over a salmon cannery in a Pacific Northwest town. Genetically treated salmon escape the plant and are eaten by coelacanths, who mutate into humanoid monsters with giant craniums and sharp claws. The creatures begin attacking teen couples, killing the boys and mating with the girls in some pretty graphic monster-rape scenes. Eventually, a bunch of them create total pandemonium at the annual salmon festival. Barbara Peeters ...
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Overview

This gory, scary low-budget shocker from the Roger Corman stable concerns the battle over a salmon cannery in a Pacific Northwest town. Genetically treated salmon escape the plant and are eaten by coelacanths, who mutate into humanoid monsters with giant craniums and sharp claws. The creatures begin attacking teen couples, killing the boys and mating with the girls in some pretty graphic monster-rape scenes. Eventually, a bunch of them create total pandemonium at the annual salmon festival. Barbara Peeters directs with flair, Rob Bottin's effects are nauseatingly effective, and the cast is good, especially Vic Morrow as a racist fisherman and Doug McClure as the stalwart hero. An uncompromising shockfest with enough gratuitous blood and nudity to keep fans happy, the film features an Alien-inspired shock ending which still makes viewers jump today.
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Special Features

Never-before-seen deleted scenes; Trailers, tv & radio spots; Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman on the making of the film; "The making of Humanoids from the deep" featuring new interviews with Roger Corman, second unit/assistant director James Sbardellati, composer James Horner and Cindy Weintraub; New world trailers
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Editorial Reviews

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This New World Pictures quickie essentially updates Creature From the Black Lagoon to fit 1980s standards of sex and violence. Humanoids From the Deep isn't a good choice for sensitive viewers because it is never passes up an opportunity for its mutated fish-men to rip apart (or molest) unwitting victims on camera. However, the story is so absurd in a comic-book manner that it never becomes serious enough to be truly offensive. Humanoids From the Deep also benefits from skillful work on both sides of the camera. Director Barbara Peters maintains a rapid-fire pace throughout that keeps the film from devolving into campiness and Doug McClure and Vic Morrow give solid, dignified performances that keep the viewer involved in the strange story line. The film is also blessed with surprisingly high-quality makeup effects by Rob Bottin and a nice orchestral score by a pre-Titanic James Horner. Ultimately, a viewer's feelings about Humanoids From the Deep will depend on their tolerance for low-budget sleaze, but it does offer up a tasty morsel of cinematic junk food for exploitation film addicts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • UPC: 826663122312
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 24,502

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doug McClure Jim Hill
Ann Turkel Dr. Susan Drake
Vic Morrow Hank Slattery
Cindy Weintraub Carol Hill
Anthony Penya Johnny Eagle
Denise Galik Linda Beale
Frank Arnold
Lynn Theel Peggy Larson
Meegan King Jerry Potter
Breck Costin Tommy
Hoke Howell Deke Jensen
Don Maxwell Dickie Moore
Greg Travis Radio Announcer
Linda Shayne Miss Salmon
Lisa Glaser Becky
Amy Barrett Amy
Rob Bottin Humanoid
Technical Credits
Barbara Peeters Director
Frank Arnold Original Story
Rob Bottin Special Effects
Martin B. Cohen Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Roger Corman Producer
Michael Erlere Art Director
Roger George Special Effects
Mark Goldblatt Editor
Mark Harris Sound Mixer
James Horner Score Composer
Frederick James Screenwriter
Daniel Lacambre Cinematographer
Hunt Lowry Producer
James Sbardellati Asst. Director
Barbara Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    no skinny dipping on this beach!

    this movie is a classic! low budget or not. definetly a must see! at least jaws can't walk the beach!

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