Ahh, now where were we on our strange journey into the dark recesses of cinema that is Daniel Th1rte3n’s Top 10 Films? We’ve faced Dragon Mom, dinosaurs, eldritch horrors, hydrophobic stalkers, zombies, electric ghost rockers , and bikers. What could be next? Why murderous fish men of course! It’s time for my #3 pick: Humanoids from the Deep!
As a young fiend, I remember vividly seeing the television spots for this Roger Corman produced fright flick playing on heavy rotation. Every commercial break I’d see quick glimpses of something from the briny depths terrorizing the citizens of a coastal town. I of course went into begging overdrive to convince my parents that I had to see this film no matter what! There was only one problem, this sucker was rated R, and my parents had heard from friends just how it came about that rating (more on that in a bit). Needless to say, I didn’t see it. So, in my despair, I sought out a creative outlet. I wrote and illustrated my own story of what I believed the films story to be, and while my creatures were a tad less lascivious than those in the film, I wasn’t too far off…except my story had a UFO, which in hindsight would have added another layer of awesome to the film!! Maybe not.
Anyway, what is Humanoids from the Deep all about? Basically it’s about recycling the story of Jaws, with one rather large difference: Jaws never sired offspring with the townsfolk (although that would’ve made for an entirely different cinematic experience…how about a new special edition Mr. Spielberg!).
Jim Hill and his wife Carol notice strange events occurring around their small coastal town, such as a boat mysteriously exploding, and townsfolk (including Jim’s brother) being victimized by mysterious assailants. Jim decides to investigate, and during the course of the search, discovers that Canco, a cannery that is looking to set up shop in the town, has experimented with growth hormones on the local salmon population which has resulted in fish men that are itching to breed with the town’s women (there’s that R rating!). Of course Jim learns this info too late to stop the village’s annual carnival, which becomes an over the top blood bath thanks to the creatures!
We also get a ventriloquist’s dummy that somehow moves it’s eyes while it’s owner gets slaughtered, woman cocooned in seaweed, and the birth of a baby monster…which makes Alien seem subtle in comparison.
Humanoid from the Deep is classic Drive-In fare. It’s bloody, bawdy, and completely ridiculous, so of course I recommend it highly! You can purchase Humanoids from the Deep here. I also should mention that the film was remade in the early 90’s…you can just go right ahead and skip that one.
Once more, thanks to Team Retroist member Sean Hartter for providing another amazing piece of artwork for this article! His love of the creatures from these films shows in every detail!
Next time an artist’s colony is terrorized by a curse from the past! Stay Spooky!
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