Monday 25 February 2013

"Saturday night special": Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

A race of scientifically created half-human, half-salmon monstrosities lay siege to a Pacific Northwest fishing village. In horrific fashion, the mutated creatures kill the men and mate with the women in order to reproduce. Can the Humanoids From the Deep be stopped before they destroy mankind as we know it? Humanoids from the Deep is written by Frank Arnold, Martin B. Cohen and William Martin (as Frederick James). It´s directed by Barbara Peeters and Jimmy T. Murakami (uncredited). The acting is pretty good, it´s professionally shot and edited. The soundtrack, composed by James Horner, is very good. It is fast paced and you never have to wait long for the next attack by the monsters. It ain´t a gorefeast but I´m sure that gorehounds will be pleased with carnage on screen. It´s practical fx and two of the highlights are a head being ripped off and a torn up face. The creature fx design wonderful, it´s a man in suit design and it looks great! The fx in this are excellent which is hardly a great surprise as Rob Bottin, Kenny Myers and Chris Walas worked on this. There is gratuitoius T & A, plenty of female topless nudity and two sequences where nude women are being dragged off and raped by the Humanoids. The rapescenes isn´t particulary graphic but might be disturbing to watch for the squemish. There are even more nudity in the deleted scenes which are included as Bonus Feature.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Shout Factory.
Rating: 7 out of 7. Humanoids from the Deep is one of my favourite creature features! It is  unbelievably entertaining, it got monsters, a fair amount of gore, there is a nice amount of female nudity and sleaze. Highly recommended!



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