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Humanoids From the Deep (1980)

  Tags: 80's, Ann Turkel, Anthony Penya, Barbara Peters, Breck Costin, cheesy, Cindy Weintraub, Doug McClure, Greg Travis, humanoids, Humanoids from the Deep, Jimmy T. Murakami, Lynn Theel, Meegan King, monster, underrated, Vic Morrow

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Barbara Peters, Jimmy T. Murakami
80 minutes
Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow, Cindy Weintraub, Anthony Penya, Lynn Theel, Meegan King, Breck Costin, Greg Travis

This is another one of those "Roger Corman" cheesy creature flicks. I haven't really seen much of his work, but I know that he's produced a lot of films that started off a lot of famous stars we may be familiar with today. Although the film lists two directors, it was primarily directed by Barbara Peters. Apparently Roger Corman fired her and hired someone else after most of the film was finished, because she supposedly refused to film scenes involving the creatures attacking and ripping off the clothes of women. Smart move Roger

Anyway, the movie is a typical creature flick that doesn't really go into much detail about the hows and the whys, but I guess that's to be expected from a B-movie like this. The story is about a small fishing town that gets terrorized by some weird half-human-half-fish-like hybrid. Apparently the creatures want to mate with the women (which explains all the seemingly gratuitous nudity). The creatures pick off people walking alone or couples at the beach at first, but then go all-out when a festival is held later on in the town -- which leads to a pretty cool massacre towards the end.

In my opinion this was a pretty good cheesy 80's creature flick. Although it starts off kinda slow and the creature attacks seemed to be a little too far-apart at times, the viewer's patience really pays off towards the end when a whole bunch of creatures attack the towns-folk. Pretty cool stuff considering a lot of horror films involve the villain taking out people one-at-a-time. I'm always for a huge massacre; especially ones involving weird-looking creatures! The effects for the movie are pretty decent -- the creatures themselves were obviously just people in suits -- but there was a good amount of blood and gore towards the end.

Sure the acting is a little fishy (obvious lame pun) and the directing could've used more work (from both parts), but in the end it still manages to be an overall entertaining flick. I figured a 6-rating was best for this sucker. Its got gratuitous nudity; lots of blood; interesting creatures; and a cool little massacre towards the end. Had this movie had a bigger budget, it would’ve been a pretty damn cool creature flick.

A typical cheesy 80's creature flick, but an entertaining one! If you can get through the bad acting and slow parts, you'll be rewarded with a pretty cool little massacre towards the end. Recommended if you're looking for a mindless cheesy horror flick with lotsa nudity.

Posted on July 20, 2010 - 5:38am | FrighT MasteR