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Humanoids from the Deep (Monster) Reviews

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TheDudeLebowski65
TheDudeLebowski65

Super Reviewer

June 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.
May 26, 2012
this guy sums it up perfectly: "It's easily the best film I've ever seen about an evil woman-raping sea monster." practical effects abound
May 10, 2012
This gorier, sexier take on the Creature from the Black Lagoon motif (a monster who is sexually attracted to human women and will kill any human men who stand in its way) is a underrated gem. Released back in the free-wheeling, no-holds-barred days of 1980, Humanoids from the Deep first found its fans in drive-ins and urban grindhouses. The eventual VHS release exposed this classic to audiences who hadn't made the trek to theaters to see it. Now, Shout! Factory gives us the definitive release of Humanoids from the Deep.

The town of Noyo, California (that's up in the northern half, in Mendocino County) plays host to this tale of hormonal monsters lusting after human women. When DNA-enhanced salmon escape into the ocean and are consumed by other, bigger species of fish, they transform into lustful beasts wanting to mate with human women. This sleepy village soon finds its populace at the mercy of these creatures. It's up to dedicated scientist Susan Drake (Ann Turkel), manly fisherman Jim Hill (Doug McClure, no stranger to fantastic cinema), and proud Native American Johnny Eagle (Anthony Penya) to end the monsters' reign of terror.

Let's start with the film's most effective facet: the monsters. The designs are so detailed (Check out those exposed bulging brains!) and lifelike, it's almost hard to believe that they were handiwork of a novice Rob Bottin (Then only 21 years old). These fearsome beasts are the things that nightmares are made of; they stalk their prey in the dark, underwater, and in the woods. One can almost sympathize with these monsters, as they simply want to continue their race by mating with human women.

Acting-wise, all the principals put their working shoes on and never fail to achieve what they set out to do. Ann Turkel is both pretty and precocious as the doctor determined to discover the source of the monsters and how to destroy them. Doug McClure makes for a commanding, take-no-prisoners hero. Vic Morrow is appropriately slimy as the bigoted human villain Hank Slattery. Pena does fine as the sympathetic Eagle, wrongly accused of slaughtering all the townspeople's dogs when we know the humanoids were responsible.

The supporting players account for themselves very well. Cindy Weintraub in particular is outstanding, as she develops from a maternalistic housewife into a raging defender of her home when the creatures invade. Denise Galik, Lynn Theel, Linda Shayne, Lisa Glaser, and Amy Barrett all satisfy the pulchritude department. It's always refreshing to see naturally beautiful women with few or no artificial enhancements so common in today's crop of manufactured screen sirens.

James Horner checks in on Humanoids from the Deep with one of his earliest scores. It's full of the ominous riffs and resounding cues that later became his trademarks. As with most Roger Corman productions, several notable behind-the-scenes personalities got their feet wet on Humanoids from the Deep. Besides Horner and Bottin, we've got contributions from editor Mark Goldblatt, SFX make-up assistants Shawn McEnroe, Kenny Myers, and Steve Johnson, first-unit/second-unit assistant director James Sbardellati, SFX designer Chris Walas, and production assistant Gale Anne Hurd.

The best part of Humanoids from the Deep is that it cuts right to the chase. We see the monsters regularly, either in head shots, full body shots, shadows, hand and arm shots, and medium shots. It doesn't take very long for the action to get rolling. The various explosions, monster attacks, and intimate interactions between the monsters and the human females are well placed. They neither overwhelm the viewer to the point of overkill nor take long to happen.

Finally, I must address the issue of the controversial monster-human sex scenes. Nothing is pornographic about them, although they're certainly not for young children, prudes, the heavily religious, or the overly feminist. As I said earlier, you can't help but feel sad for monsters who don't have females of their own to make some sexy time with. The sex and rape scenes are long enough to amp up the sleaze factor, but thankfully not to the degree that they become monotonous. I personally don't mind a helping of gore, sex, and nudity in movies, but it's got to be done effectively. Humanoids from the Deep succeeds in all these points.

I can't recommend Humanoids from the Deep highly enough. It's got badass monsters, buxom babes, a lot of interesting behind-the-scenes personnel, an unforgettable ending, and some credible performances. Feel free to dive in the ocean and soak up with this aquatic cinema delight. Just don't rile up the humanoids now!
May 4, 2012
This moving has weird creatures that are awesomely done black lagoon style coming up and attacking a village stealing and impregnating scantily clad and naked hotties with a good amount of gore. All it is lacking to make it a campy horror classic is elements of comedy
April 9, 2012
I can't say that I have much bad OR good to say about Humanoids From the Deep. If you want to look at it with critical eyes in the cold light of day then it's a pretty forgetful affair. However, if you're a B movie fan, in particular a fan of rubber suit monsters, then the movie will probably be for you. I actually like the look of the monsters and how disgusting their faces are. I also like it that they're mainly out to rape human females and reproduce. I also also like Vic Morrow being such an overt bad guy. The movie has a lot going for it, but it fails to really reach the epicness of bad charm like a lot of other Corman productions. If I had to sum it up in three films, I'd pick Jaws, The Creature From the Black Lagoon and Alien (even though Corman basically ripped off Alien more overtly with Galaxy of Terror a year later). The plot isn't complex, the acting is terrible, the story is questionable... well, most things are questionable. It's not great, but it's good for at least one late night watch.
March 30, 2012
Classic so bad that it's good 80's cheesy, monster in rubber suit, horror flick, 80's hair, 80's clothes, 80's no clothes...bloody birthing scene at the end. Roger Corman production, what else can you expect from this?
March 18, 2012
Hide your kids, hide your dogs, hide your wives. No one is safe from this gruesome monster flick.
February 24, 2012
If you don't like Roger Corman produced cinema, then you are not likely to enjoy Humanoids from the Deep. If, on the other hand, you appreciate cheaply made and cheesy yet awesome sci-fi/horror cinema, then you will most likely adore the film. It is a film about fish-monsters from the deep who enjoy raping and impregnating teenage girls. If you're still with me after that premise, then I think you will love this craptastic piece of horror cinema.
March 2, 2012
Just what you'd expect it to be, but not quite as much fun as you'd like. Creature suits are pretty great, Doug McClure (in a ski vest!) is Doug McClure, and the final showdown at the carnival is priceless.
February 27, 2012
This movie sucked really bad but it was a lot of fun. You can't take a movie like this seriously, with its awful acting cheesy costumes, and amount of gore and nudity. There were a few scenes that actually worked kind of well and were it not for the acting, the first twenty minutes or so was a very effective opening for a horror film.
FilmGrinder S.
February 26, 2012
Big ol' jugs, decent gore, 80's rubber monster suit and Doug McClure. Gotta love 80's horror.
February 20, 2012
Clocking in at a sleek 80 minutes, this one has all the Corman essentials. Car explosions, house explosions, boat explosions, burning water, topless women, and very long armed horny mutant sea creatures created by the evil corporate cannery. Vic Morrow swills beer, terrorizes a Native American hippy and saves two kids from the foam monsters (which is sort of touching considering how he would die soon after). A very bad carnival is ruined by the boardwalk smashing humanoids. And Dr. Susan Drake goes on explorations in a very impractical bathing suit. Plus DOUG MCCLURE who you might remember from such movies as WARLORDS OF THE DEEP or AT THE EARTH'S CORE as well as televisions SIMON AND SIMON or THE FALL GUY! Some passable gore but most notable for the use of a ventriloquist dummy as foreplay device. GROSS.
February 16, 2012
Wow! This movie is so bad that it's good. Too funny ... lol
February 12, 2012
Humanoids from the Deep, or simply Monster, is one of those low budget horror films that should be terrible but it is just undeniable, unadulterated fun. Devilishly gory, funny and quite scary in parts. This is the kind of film that should be the result if any film-maker actually sets out to make a bad horror film. Not a snail-paced slash-fest but a completely bonkers take on The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Oh and a mention, at the end of the film, to perhaps the most shocking pieces of body-horror that I can recall seeing.
juliantoepfer
October 7, 2011
A suprisingly good monster flick. It will never be confused with grade A cinema, but I found this fun and entertaining. Has alot more to offer than the standard B movie.

Actually manages to get some creepy moments and keep the viewer on edge. Doesn't hesitate to cross the line. In 95% of horror movies, dogs and kids are safe and monsters don't rape people, but this one doesn't shy away. The script and acting are about what you would expect from a Corman picture, but nothing that really distracts you. While the monsters are obviously people in rubber suits, they are actually pretty good. The enlongated arms and fish faces bump the creatures up to quite good for an 80's B-movie.

The final 20 minutes of the film are pure unadulterated monster movie madness that was exceedingly satisfying for a hardcore monster movie fan such as myself.

On top of all the monsters and gore are tons of really hot girls who have no qualms about full frontal nudity, which I also found pretty awesome. A must see for B level monster movie fans.
Julian T.
December 1, 2011
A suprisingly good monster flick. It will never be confused with grade A cinema, but I found this fun and entertaining. Has alot more to offer than the standard B movie.

Actually manages to get some creepy moments and keep the viewer on edge. Doesn't hesitate to cross the line. In 95% of horror movies, dogs and kids are safe and monsters don't rape people, but this one doesn't shy away. The script and acting are about what you would expect from a Corman picture, but nothing that really distracts you. While the monsters are obviously people in rubber suits, they are actually pretty good. The enlongated arms and fish faces bump the creatures up to quite good for an 80's B-movie.

The final 20 minutes of the film are pure unadulterated monster movie madness that was exceedingly satisfying for a hardcore monster movie fan such as myself.

On top of all the monsters and gore are tons of really hot girls who have no qualms about full frontal nudity, which I also found pretty awesome. A must see for B level monster movie fans.
anotherwhitemeat
November 27, 2011
Campy fun at its most campy.
November 16, 2011
Ending was a joke but other than that entertain monster flick
October 31, 2011
Well, at least it had topless girls from an era when women still had real breasts.
Fuko R.
September 12, 2011
CLASSIC and B-Movie GOLD! Roger Corman is amazing production and directing his produced classic Monsters is one of my favs by him.

It probley has the only story for a film about Fish how Mate (or rape) girls on the beach and other locations. Lol is the only word. Good enough acting and effects at least to say.
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