Humanoids From the Deep

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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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Critic Reviews for Humanoids From the Deep

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  • Jun 03, 2013
    "They're not human. But they hunt human women. Not for killing. For mating." Humanoids from the Deep is what you'd expect from a movie about fish that evolve because of scientific experiments and begin to ravage a town by killing the men and raping the women. So... it isn't good. It's a B-movie in every way. From the awful acting, to how the creatures look, to the fact that breasts have to be shown all the time to make us forget about how bad the movie is, and go "Oh, boobies." There's still a certain amount of fun to be had though if you can give your brain over to the film. Roger Corman made a living making bad movies like this watchable and he succeeds here, I guess, but I still didn't like it.  This one is only worth a look if you are a hardcore fan of Roger Corman and his films. I like Corman, but this movie is just a little too bad for my taste. I like a terrible movie every once in awhile, but with Humanoids from the Deep, it just didn't have that so bad it's good quality to it. In my eyes it was just bad. It's cheap, it's exploitive, it's dumb, it's bloody, it's everything you'd expect from a Corman produced film. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2012
    *** out of **** A small fishing town is in panic over the recent arrival of some unwanted guests: a plethora of fish-people with the ability to walk on land and swim in the ocean alike! They usually prey on beautiful young women frolicking near their waters, although as the poster indicates; they hunt these babes not for feeding, but for mating! The townsfolk are determined to put an end to this madness by making the hunters become the hunted. In fact, they are but civilians; civil human beings. So they should have no trouble stocking up on artillery so that they may cleanse the nearby waters of this newfound filth. In the process, they shall attempt to discover the origins of these strange beings with the help of a doctor character (played by Ann Turkel), who knows all about the evolutionary structure of frogs and whatnot, which apparently helps in this situation. So maybe they're not fish-people after all. No, they're Humanoids from the Deep. If the plot for the Roger Corman-produced "Humanoids from the Deep" sounds a bit familiar, then that's because it most certainly is. The film is reminiscent of B-movies from the 50's in the best of ways. Why have a film evoking that era, from that era, when you can have it in 1980? It's a wild, hilarious, genuinely rowdy horror film that takes its audience more seriously than it takes itself. Expect the expected - blood, boobs, and babes - along with the unexpected and you'll know a fraction of what you're in for. Somehow, it manages to elicit a laugh a minute; whether it's in the film's stereotypical presentation of fisherman or the cheesy creature effects. It's mindless, but it's a lot of fun. Obviously, it's not about characters. This film says "Characters? Bah, who needs 'em when you've got tits and ass?" In a film that has the antique-like charm of being a few decades old, this mentality is very much welcome; and this is a movie that's sleazy without being absolutely repulsive. I wouldn't say it goes COMPLETELY over-the-top, but there are scenes of such raw absurdity that you couldn't call it particularly tame either. It's not one of the best films Roger Corman ever produced, but damn it, it's another one of the good ones. Corman is known for introducing young talents into the cinema scene; and "Humanoids from the Deep" was early work for the likes of Rob Bottin - creator of the humanoids - and composer James Horner, among others. It's also director Barbara Peeters' most well-known feature. And yet I hear she isn't too proud of it. Apparently they called in a second unit director to shoot all the scenes involving sex, nudity, and (ahem) fish rape as well as the more violent sequences. Hell, I'm glad he stepped in; what would this film be without those prime elements of classic sleaze? It would be a decent looking movie with an entertaining ocean-side backdrop, and that would have been it. The film wouldn't have been remembered; but instead, it's already been restored for DVD/Blu-Ray and even remade once. I admire the work Peeters did as well as whatever her second unit director did to spice the thing up; because all of it comes together in a conclusive and satisfying whole. But let's elaborate on the fish rape. It's probably one of the quirkiest elements of this film. And that's saying something for a movie known for its quirky elements alone. The scenes concerning the deflowering of beach-bound beauties aren't overly graphic but there's nudity aplenty and to be completely honest, a grotesque being with webbed feet and hands forcing himself onto a young woman doesn't exactly turn me on. But it does make me laugh. Another thing that makes me laugh is the finale; which is all explosions and gruesome death, with a sound effect of a woman's frightened screams being used over and over again as if the filmmakers had no other resources (or voices) to turn to. The icing on the cake is a twist ending that rips off the famous Chest-burster scene from Ridley Scott's "Alien". On a whole, it's a movie that steals a lot like the brainless mongoloid movie it is. But hey...at least it's non-pretentious and knows its audience all too well.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2012
    As far as monster films are concerned, Roger Corman knows how to deliver a fun, gory low-budget B movie that is sure to please fans of the genre. Humanoids of the Deep is a terrific film that is a must see for B movie fans. This is one demented monster film as monsters try to mate with human woman and kill the men. This is a terrific gore fest that is lots of fun from start to finish. As far as monster film are concerned, this is one of the better films with hints of classic films mixed with 80's sleaze, this is a film that is designed to truly entertain the viewer and downright shock, it certainly shocks and stays with you. Effects artist Rob Bottin who would later work 9on John Carpenter's The Ting and Paul Verhoeven's Total Recall creates some sick looking sequences of gore which adds to the chaos of the film. The story may be simplistic in nature, but that's what makes this one so good. This film is brilliant monster film with everything you'd expect from a good ol' fashioned monster yarn. This film will surely appeal to fans of the genre, and if you love Roger Corman's work, give this one a shot, you won't be disappointed. There's never a dull moment in this film, it is constantly entertaining and from start to finish it offers up good gore, tension and one wicked climax that you soon won't forget. If you're in the mood for a great low-budget monster flick, Humanoids from the Deep is the one to check out. A fun film from start to finish.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2010
    An okay monster movie, but really it's just an updated version of some 50s B-movies. It's not too bad, but it's not too good either.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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