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Roger Corman Cult Classics - Humanoids from the Deep

Doug McClure , Ann Turkel , Barbara Peeters    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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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

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Fun Than You Can Possibly Imagine! Nov. 11 2003
I consider myself well schooled in low budget schlock from various film genres. Watching cheesy films is an acquired taste, one not easily cultivated overnight. Even with some knowledge about who makes these types of films under my belt, I still stumble over major contributors to the clunker movie catalogue and wonder why I haven't spent time with these delicacies before now. Roger Corman is my latest discovery. I admit to having heard of Corman before in reference to the spate of Vincent Price horror classics that emerged in the 1960s along with a few other films he made over the course of his career, but until now I never saw any of them. This guy is a giant of the low budget film, producing or directing some 500 plus movies in the last forty years. He's still going strong as far as I know, and never limits himself to one particular genre; he's made westerns, horror, action, drama, and science fiction films with seeming ease. Moreover, according to the bio on this DVD, Corman helped launch the careers of numerous Hollywood bigwigs. If "Humanoids From the Deep" is any indication, I will spend a lot of time with this filmmaker's projects in the near future.
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?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoh mama. March 24 2004
Pretty horrible, but bad in the Burial Ground or Pieces kind of way. The story here centers on a fishing town where the financial hub is evidently salmon. The fish have been thinning out, and all of the fishermen, morose beer-swilling lowlifes for the most part, are bitter. But there is one ray of hope in the form of the cannery that's supposed to revitalize the whole town. Add to this powder keg the Billy Jack-esque Indian guy that wants to preserve the land.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Monster Movie! July 19 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This was another classic from filmmaker Roger Corman.You have
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Corman's best schlockers! Feb. 3 2001
Humanoids from the Deep is one of my favorite Roger Corman films, right up there at the bottom of the heap with Death Race 2000, Galaxy of Terror, Battle Beyond the Stars, et al. And since I'm a new devotee to the DVD format, my comments refer to the DVD version of this classic Corman work.
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.
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Published on March 22 2004 by kimberly waldrep
4.0 out of 5 stars great fun
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 more
Published on Feb. 5 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly dull gore-fest
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 more
Published on Oct. 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Monster Movie!
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
Published on July 19 2003 by Melvin Hunt
2.0 out of 5 stars Garbage, With One Great Nude Scene
Usually exploitation flicks don't meet expectations because the actresses are sub-standard in the looks department. Read more
Published on May 22 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong vesion
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 more
Published on Feb. 2 2002 by Patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure!
This movie is the ultimate Roger Corman guilty pleasure. It is also Doug McClure's best movie, even though he was grossly overweight. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2002 by WLR
4.0 out of 5 stars A great monster flick!
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 more
Published on April 30 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars This is the original Humanoids, but yes the remake is better
Campy and schlocky. For Corman diehard fans only. However, the remake with Robert Carradine and Emma Samms is much more carefully photographed and plotted. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2001 by "cinemaguy"
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