Humanoids From the Deep (1980)

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Movie Info

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.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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New World

Cast

Doug McClure
as Jim Hill
Ann Turkel
as Dr. Susan Drake
Vic Morrow
as Hank Slattery
Cindy Weintraub
as Carol Hill
Anthony Penya
as Johnny
Lynn Theel
as Peggy
Meegan King
as Jerry
Don Maxwell
as Dickie
Greg Travis
as Mike Michaels
Lisa Glaser
as Becky
Bruce Monette
as Jake Potter
Rob Bottin
as Humanoid
Frank Arnold
as Old Man
Jo Williams
as Herself on Piano
Lyle Isom
as Banjo
Kira Jo Williams
as Herself on Piano
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Critic Reviews for Humanoids From the Deep

All Critics (9)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's easily the best film I've ever seen about an evil woman-raping sea monster.

Full Review… | October 16, 2010

Even on the Corman scale of quality, Humanoids is a decidedly lesser effort -- but that's not to say you won't have some fun.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010

Takes the theme of the Julie Adams-lusting 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' to an extreme that the censors would not have allowed in the 1950s...

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

You really need to go back and see how it was done back in the day ... with reckless abandon and lots of splattery fun in mind

Full Review… | August 5, 2010

Audience Reviews for Humanoids From the Deep

"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 White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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 roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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