Roger Corman Cult Classics - Humanoids from the Deep
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The peculiar genius of schlock-king Roger Corman is in full bloom with this extremely gory, pointedly offensive homage to 1950s monster movies (with a generous helping of Alien thrown in for good measure), in which a legion of mutated salmon-men terrorize a small town in their search for unwilling female companionship. (Potential viewers should be warned that this movie goes to great lengths to show what earlier films in this genre had only implied.) A guilty pleasure for exploitation fans with a strong stomach and a twisted sense of humor. For what it's worth, director Barbara Peters has claimed that additional shock scenes were inserted by producer Corman without her knowledge. The glop-intensive special effects were devised by Rob Bottin, who later went on to gross out the masses with his work on Seven, Robocop, and John Carpenter's graphic remake of The Thing. --Andrew Wright --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This movie really ought to be a huge cult cinema classic. Maybe it is in some circles, but if so, I never heard about it. What a shame, too, because "Humanoids From the Deep" is classic camp that rips off every 1950s monster film you ever heard about. The movie, set in a fishing town called Noyo, tells the story of a town rapidly fading away. The local tars are having a tough time catching enough fish to make a living, and just when it seems that all is lost a big time cannery corporation arrives on the scene promising to build a factory that will rejuvenate the local industry. Who can argue with an influx of well paying jobs?Read more ›
Apparently, a scientist working for the cannery has been tampering with salmon, I guess on some genetic level, to make better salmon or something. What this actually does is create a race of humanoid salmon, buck-toothed monsters with bulging brain sacks and gigantic rubber flippers. The monsters are coming ashore and mauling people, but they are particularly driven towards the chicks. You see, salmon monsters need love too, especially when it comes in the the form of bikini-clad or outright naked beach girls. There isn't much romanace involved. The girls just sort of scream and run, then make sure they fall once or twice so the rubber flipper tread can keep up with them. Now, when the girls aren't entertaining the salmon monsters, they're busy getting it on with land-based degenerates (who just want to drink some beer and have a good time.) More to the point, one girl, tenting on the beach near the tide line for some bizarre reason, is actually coaxed out of her clothes by a puppet with only slightly more finesse than the salmon monsters. There is one blonde girl, voluptuous, milky-skinned, that's kind of pretty, and the salmon monsters really take a liking to her.Read more ›
legitimate actors in the persons of Doug McClure,Vic Morrow and
Ann Turkel. In this movie sea creatures come from the deep to
kidnap unwilling females for mating purposes. These creatures
are a cross between a giant salmon and the Creature From the
Black Lagoon.These females are taken and held by these creatures
and of course this starts a panic in the community.The good guys
seem to have no method to stop these creatures.The special effects also add to the quality of this film.The ending of the
film is also something to see. Buy this movie.You will find it
to be very entertaining.
The image quality is good in most of the scenes. The audio quality is also good. And the "sleaze" quality is great! Some of Corman's best. But the movie is not in widescreen format and the special features are not too special. There is a trailer of the movie and some trailers of other Corman movies, some brief cast biographies, a scene index, a little booklet detailing the highlights of Corman's career, and a three minute Corman interview with film critic Leonard Maltin, which is not too informative.
In the interview Corman gives his not-too-original theory of how to scare audiences by not showing the monsters too much and letting the viewer's imagination do the work for him, a rule Humanoids seems to avoid, sine the mutant fish-men are on screen quite a lot. He also gives credit to director Barbara Peeters, saying she was the right person for the job at the time. However, he neglects to mention that both she and Ann Turkel, the female lead, both publicly denounced the movie and disavowed their parts in it, saying that Corman had turned it into "a T & A flick!"
Barbara Peeters had directed at least one other Corman movie before Humanoids, so she should have known what was expected of her. Evidently she and Turkel thought they were making a serious ecological disaster type movie, and were incensed when Corman brought in another director to add the nudity and rape scenes! Not surprisingly, since she failed to live down to his expectations, Peeters never directed another Corman film.Read more ›
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I SAW THIS MOVIE WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT AND I THOUGHT IT WAS LIKE A SICK JOKE-ROTTEN FANTISY.THESE CREATURES ARE ON THE HOT SIDE . Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by kimberly waldrep
Hugely enjoyable B movie from the Corman stable. This is certainly the best looking version I've seen of the film - though it does suffer a little from being transferred at the... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004
This movie starts out in a small fishing town, which may or may not be getting a cannery built, depending on if the local political activist / indian chief gets his way. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2003
This was another classic from filmmaker Roger Corman.You have
legitimate actors in the persons of Doug McClure,Vic Morrow and
Ann Turkel. Read more
Usually exploitation flicks don't meet expectations because the actresses are sub-standard in the looks department. Read morePublished on May 22 2002
When I bought this on VHS, they had listed the same cast from the original version made in the late 70's to early 80's. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2002 by Patrick
This movie is the ultimate Roger Corman guilty pleasure. It is also Doug McClure's best movie, even though he was grossly overweight. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2002 by WLR
If you trust Joe Bob Briggs over Roger Ebert, you're sure to like this movie. I first saw it on a whim in high school at a big theater that was in between "A" releases. Read morePublished on April 30 2001