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Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 16 May 1980 (USA)
Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women.

Directors:

Barbara Peeters, Jimmy T. Murakami (uncredited)

Writers:

Frank Arnold (story), Martin B. Cohen (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug McClure ... Jim Hill
Ann Turkel ... Dr. Susan Drake
Vic Morrow ... Hank Slattery
Cindy Weintraub ... Carol Hill
Anthony Pena ... Johnny Eagle (as Anthony Penya)
Denise Galik ... Linda Beale
Lynn Theel ... Peggy Larsen
Meegan King ... Jerry Potter
Breck Costin Breck Costin ... Tommy Hill
Hoke Howell ... Deke Jensen
Don Maxwell Don Maxwell ... Dickie Moore
David Strassman ... Billy
Greg Travis ... Mike Michaels, Radio Announcer
Linda Shayne ... Sandy, Miss Salmon
Lisa Glaser ... Becky
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Storyline

Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They're not human. But they hunt human women. Not for killing. For mating. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beneath the Darkness See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Bragg, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joe Dante, who had at the time recently directed Piranha (1978), turned down directing the movie. See more »

Goofs

Once the humanoids break through the bottom of the dock, the commotion starts. And the first eight or nine seconds of screaming is "looped" and continually heard throughout the rest of the attack at the carnival. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Susan Drake: Hold it! We think we know where these things come from, but we have no idea how many there are.
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Alternate Versions

The Japanese DVD under the title "Monster (Humanoids From The Deep)" is the full uncut version including the shot of a man having his head ripped off. It is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen (no anamorphic enhancement though) and looks much better than the slightly cut region 1 DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Violence (1987) See more »

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A Bottom Feeder for Sure
31 October 2004 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

I first saw this film way, way back in the early 80's as a teenager around 13 or 14. The film had some memorable scenes etched in my mind and, I thought the film was an intense, well-crafted thriller. After reviewing it again, I realized the only scene which really stuck with me was the bizarre tent scene and that makes perfect sense considering my age then. What I DID forget is just how awfully bad a film this one is. I mean it is a stinker! Where to begin...the story is about mutated salmon that are eaten by prehistoric-like fish that quickly evolve into man-sized creature from the black lagoon/alien ripoffs. These monsters are plentiful and have only one goal: to capture as many girls in a bikini and have sex on the beach to procreate in order to create more mutant fish people. Fish people having babies with real people despite any biological problems that might arise(no pun intended). Hmm. Next, add Doug McClure, Vic Morrow, and Ann Turkel into the mix. None of them great actors...not bad either when they have some decent direction. Not evident here. Morrow overacts, McClure is over his head when he is the lead, and Turkel is less than mediocre. One scene really showcases her "talent." The scene where she is in the lab telling us how much she has fought to bring the news of the superfish out is one of the finest pieces of bad acting I have seen in a long time. It is almost an inspiration for everyone else in the film to do likewise. Director Barbara Peters really seems to set out to be solely exploitative and there is nothing wrong with that if you can do it well or with a point. I mean her producer Roger Corman did it all the time. Here plot, acting, and all those other qualities that make a movie good are secondary(or tertiary) to gore, violence and nudity. Peters does do some things fairly well. The pacing of the first three-fourths of the film is rapid and there are some well-shot scenes of menace. I particularly liked the scene in the water with the naked(of course!) girl and boyfriend playing splash...soon to be victims of the fishman's enormous libido. The last scene...roughly 20 minutes or more is just simply too ridiculous as creature after creature pop out of the boards on a boardwalk and start gutting everyone. OK. I think I would prefer keeping my adolescent opinion of the film intact; the entire film centered around a beautiful, full-figured woman, her man, and a dummy.


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