Movie Review – Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

1980 New World Pictures

What do you get when you mix Rob Bottin monster and gore effects, naked well-endowed screaming women, yet another recycled music score from James Horner, and the backing of Roger Corman in his cheesy movie prime? You get this fun bit of Guilty Pleasure of course.
Humanoids from the Deep tells the ridiculous story of genetic mutants gone crazy and getting rowdy with any voluptuous piece of booty they can get their …err… mutant hand flipper thingys on. Clothes fly off along with body parts, blood splatters and ignorant racist yokels get what’s coming to them and it’s all good not so clean fun.
Set in a small fishing village where hot dog night at the grill is probably the highlight of the week Humanoids stars B-Movie all stars Doug Mclure, Ann Turkel, and Vic Morrow. With a cast like that you know it’s going to be good. The story is not important but involves genetic experiments gone very wrong resulting in the creation of the horny humanoids who then descend on the village to crush deir enemies and to hear da lamentation of da women.
To even begin to take this movie seriously would be a big mistake and if you are not a fan of over the top offensive horror movies then move along and don’t bother with this one, however if you have a good sense of humor and like this sort of thing like I do then dig right in and enjoy the insanity. There is absolutely nothing subtle about this movie and I think that’s what makes it so damn entertaining.
The good:

Lots of female nakedness. This movie is not for prudes.

…and turn towards the camera. That’s good, that’s good.

If there's an attractive woman chances are she will lose her clothes. What a shame.

If there’s an attractive woman chances are she will lose her clothes.  Except for the female lead of course but she gets to wear a nice Marty McFly outfit.

Good Rob Bottin creature and gore effects:

This is what too much sun will do! Remember to use sun screen!

Amazing movie sequences #1:
Stupid fisherman doing stupid things –

On no a monster caught in a fishing net!

Oh no the winch is out of gas!

This is bad.

This is even worse!

“It’s okay Pa I’m alright!”

Blub, blub, blub…

“I’ll get that dirty monster!”

The not so good:

It’s a guilty pleasure so they can do no wrong. Well they can and do but who cares?

Special Achievement Award: To James Horner for having the audacity to use the same score in a gazillion different movies. Go Horner!


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