Movie Name: Humanoids from the Deep
Studio: New World Pictures
Release Date(s): May 16, 1980
MPAA Rating: R
A seaside town finds themselves in a battle over a cannery. On one side a Native-American named Johnny Eagle (Anthony Pena) who wants the land to remain pure and on the other the man backing the developers Hank Slattery (Vic Morrow). Caught in the middle are Jim Hill (Doug McClure) and his brother Tommy (Breck Costin) who want the town to succeed, but also love the land. When the battle heats up, strange and violent deaths begin to occur. Monsters have appear from the sea…and they want women. Attacking and raping, the humanoids must be stopped before they mate and only Hill and Dr. Susan Drake (Ann Turkel) can uncover the truth.
Directed by Barbara Peeters, Humanoids from the Deep (also known as Monster or the shooting title of Beneath the Darkness). The movie was produced by shock master Roger Corman who ordered more nudity and gore be added to the picture after initial screenings.
Humanoids from the Deep is perfect schlock. It is what you want from a ’70s (yes, it is from 1980, but it definitely feels like the ’70s) grindhouse exploitation film. The movie looks dirty and feels like an excuse for the women’s clothes to be ripped off. It is kind of refreshing watching a movie like this today which doesn’t try to get smart…it is just blatant exploitation and that is fine and expected.
The creatures are pretty goofy. They supposedly only had three models so they had to keep reusing them. They lumber and stumble and are only really effective when they show them in shadows (or just their claws). When they are mauling and raping, it seems like the people could just run away quickly since they are so lumbering and awkward (an apparently from the attack on the beach, no one can ever see them coming).
I really don’t know why they put so much effort into the whole cannery story. I know they were trying to get some reason for humanoids, but they didn’t need to waste so much time with the Native-American vs. redneck fisherman aspect. I wanted more humanoids…maybe the budget just didn’t allow it.
Humanoids from the Deep is great for a late night viewing with friends. The movie is goofy and does have a few jumps. Don’t expect art, but expect a classic monster movie with evil (horny) monsters. Corman’s company remade Humanoids from the Deep in 1996.
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