Humanoids from the Deep (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) [Blu-ray]
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Something evil is happening in the sleepy fishing village of Noyo. Fishlike humanoid creatures, spawned by mutant DNA, begin rising from the ocean looking to mate with the local women. Scientist Susan Drake (Ann Turkel) along with local fisherman Jim Hill (Doug McClure, The Land That Time Forgot) seek to investigate the cause of this invasion of creatures from the ocean floor. But when the annual Salmon Festival begins, some unwanted guests are about to crash the festivities. Also starring Vic Morrow (Message From Space), Cindy Weintraub (The Prowler) and Denise Galik (Dont Answer The Phone).
The film features an early score from Academy Award winning composer James Horner (Avatar, Braveheart, Titanic), who started his career with Roger Corman, and special effects/creature designs by Oscar nominee Rob Bottin (Robocop, The Thing, Se7en, Total Recall).
* New High-Definition Transfer Of The Uncut International Version
* Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
* Trailers, TV And Radio Spots
* Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman On The Making Of The Film
* The Making Of Humanoids From The Deep Featuring New Interviews With Composer James Horner, And Second Unit/Assistant Director James Sbardellati.
* New World Trailers
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The image quality is good in most of the scenes. The audio quality is also good. And the "sleaze" quality is great! Some of Corman's best. But the movie is not in widescreen format and the special features are not too special. There is a trailer of the movie and some trailers of other Corman movies, some brief cast biographies, a scene index, a little booklet detailing the highlights of Corman's career, and a three minute Corman interview with film critic Leonard Maltin, which is not too informative.
In the interview Corman gives his not-too-original theory of how to scare audiences by not showing the monsters too much and letting the viewer's imagination do the work for him, a rule Humanoids seems to avoid, sine the mutant fish-men are on screen quite a lot. He also gives credit to director Barbara Peeters, saying she was the right person for the job at the time. However, he neglects to mention that both she and Ann Turkel, the female lead, both publicly denounced the movie and disavowed their parts in it, saying that Corman had turned it into "a T & A flick!"
Barbara Peeters had directed at least one other Corman movie before Humanoids, so she should have known what was expected of her. Evidently she and Turkel thought they were making a serious ecological disaster type movie, and were incensed when Corman brought in another director to add the nudity and rape scenes! Not surprisingly, since she failed to live down to his expectations, Peeters never directed another Corman film.Read more ›
This movie really ought to be a huge cult cinema classic. Maybe it is in some circles, but if so, I never heard about it. What a shame, too, because "Humanoids From the Deep" is classic camp that rips off every 1950s monster film you ever heard about. The movie, set in a fishing town called Noyo, tells the story of a town rapidly fading away. The local tars are having a tough time catching enough fish to make a living, and just when it seems that all is lost a big time cannery corporation arrives on the scene promising to build a factory that will rejuvenate the local industry. Who can argue with an influx of well paying jobs?Read more ›
I would like to give this movie 8 stars ********
Half of the movie is directed by Barbara Peters. This half stars Vic Morrow, Ann Turkel, and Doug McClure. They are solid as they seek to save their seaside community and understand the reptilo-humano-Jaws with gonads menace which threatens them. However, this part of the film is not exciting and not original, so it only gets two stars. The other half of the movie, the secret existence of which these actors and the director herself were unaware of (!!), consists of lovely young women at the beach being impregnated by a giant seaweed-covered sponge. There is a very hot sex-scene-threesome in a tent between a geeky puppeteer, his randy woodie, and a very alluring young thing who tries to seduce the marionette. In the midst of this scene, the puppeteer is disemboweled and the lovely young woman runs out of the tent without her clothes, down the beach, but is caught and impregnated by the seaweed-covered sponge. The scene is not explicit enough that you would have been able to explain his reproduction technique to your biology class, but it offers hints. This secret half of the movie deserves 5 stars because I have never seen anything like it before or since.
Finally, the art on the video box is sublime and deserves a star, too. 2 + 5 + 1 = 8
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First of all, this is a "Roger Corman Classic" , so you should have some idea what you're getting into right off the bat. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Bill Boozer
Roger Corman produced this lurid but intense guilty pleasure that has a fine HD Blu-ray filled with many extras, though no commentary track.Published 1 month ago by Quiet Knight
Word is that director Barbara Peeters was mad as hell when Roger Corman added more nudity and violence in the film when he saw Peeters' final cut, but, for once, Corman did the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fred Adelman
I don't know what had more screen time, the humanoids, or the chesticles, but I know 80 minutes of FUN when I experience it! Read morePublished 2 months ago by speedythecat
This is the movie Joe Dante turned down and Barbara Peeters accepted. Unfortunately, she thought she was making one kind of a movie while Roger Corman was expecting her to make... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Einsatz
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Yep. I have a "Roger Corman Classics" edition of Piranha, and it has a red heading with a white background, which is what i'm guessing would be like your copy of Humanoids From The Deep.
May 8, 2009 by brownie | See all 2 posts
"Humanoids from the Deep will include a new HD transfer of the uncut international version (1.78:1), ...
So, it is still called 'Humanoids From The Deep' but is the UNCUT version of the movie.
Jun 3, 2010 by Dr. Banner | See all 3 posts