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Humongous (Uncut) (Katarina's Nightmare Theater)

3.8 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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A group of teens on a boat find themselves in a fogbound night only to run aground on the rocks of the mysterious 'Dog Island' right before their boat goes up in flames. As they gather on the shoreline, one of them goes missing, another is critically injured and four go searching for shelter. They then decide to venture into the still standing house to summon help from its occupants...if any. Luckily, there is someone still dwelling there, but unfortunately there's something else out on the island growling in the dark and it ain't no dog! And it is HUNGRY!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Janet Julian, David Wallace, Joy Boushel, Janit Baldwin
  • Directors: Paul Lynch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Scorpion
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CVFZ66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,699 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The film "Humongous" has one strong point throughout the film, and that's its foreboding sense of doom for the characters involved. The monster is hidden throughout most of the movie, but you get a good look at him in the end. Okay, yes, the film is boring at stretches, the production values aren't great, but there's something about this film that's very distinct. Like I said, it's the atmosphere. The uncut version has a few slight extra bloody scenes, but nobody gets killed in ways that would make Tom Savini sweat his career. Overall, the movie is average with an extra edge of "they don't make them like they used to" working for it. I'm overjoyed to have this in my collection and will watch it again.

Warning: the rape scene at the beginning is very explicit. You've been warned.
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Not all horror movies are classics, let's get that straight. But for those of you who appreciate monstrous killers, moody settings, and Janet Julian, Humongous is the flick for you. Yes it is typical of the genre. Idiot kids destroy thier boat, wash ashore on what they believe to be a deserted island, and run afoul of death. What seperates this movie from others of its ilk is the mood created by this film. Dark, well scored, and of decent acting, Humongous may be considered a hidden gem.
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I'll keep this short. If you're a fan of this film and have been waiting for a decent copy of this film so you can actually see whats going on ....here it is. don't wait! it was like seeing the movie for the first time!
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A woman is raped in 1946 by an ex-boyfriend; the guy is then mauled to death by her pet guard dogs. It then cuts to the 80s where a group of people go on a boat trip with a lunatic called Nick who seems to hate his brother. They stop the boat at night, and he gets annoyed by the sounds of howling dogs at a nearby island. He overtakes the boat and says stuff like "you're not the only one who can do things" and "I've got as much right as you." He crashes the boat and they wash ashore on the island with the dogs. The baby of the rapist is now a deformed super strong freak that's still on the island.

Some people will love this film and others won't. It depends on your taste, but I've seen it numerous times. It also doesn't get into the background of what's going on with this Nick character. If you're a huge fan of 80s horror you'll probably like it because the entire thing has an 80s type feel to it. The director (Paul Lynch) was the director of the original PROM NIGHT. Like that film, there isn't a lot of gore here. The goriest scene is the scene in the beginning when the guy is mauled by the dogs; this scene and the rape scene are the only parts that were cut for the R rating. The rest of the film has very little gore, but some of the violence does have some impact. The killer (a deformed freak with superhuman strength) doesn't use weapons like in other 80s slasher films; he uses his brute strength to kill. He was wandering the island and eating dogs for food, but now his food supply is almost gone. Apparently, he is now eating people. This film has good atmosphere, and the island location provides nice scenery.
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I love horror movies. This is typical 1980's horror with a very traumatic rape scene at the beginning that I do not remember from watching as a 10yr old. It was pretty horrific! You can imagine what follows a rape scene, then skipping ahead like 30yrs with some teens getting stuck on the deserted island where the rape victim lives with her "son" and a bunch of wild dogs. Worth watching and buying or renting for sure!
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I bought this DVD for purely sentimental reasons. I first saw this movie back when I was working towards a degree in photography. What impressed me most were the carefully composed scenes, especially once the characters got to the lodge on Dog Island. I hadn't seen many slasher-type horror movies up to that time so I had nothing to compare this movie to; as a standard horror movie, it was okay. As plots go, this is the usual cliché of stranding teens in a place where they are picked off one at a time (most of the slaughter is done off screen). In this film, you have to count yourself lucky that you even get to see the results. Most things are hinted at, teased through shadow and light, movement, sound. In that regard, most of the heavy lifting is done by the music score, which is very effect, all things considered. Yes, most of the action takes place at night. The `villain' is never seen in his entirety. The cast consists of two brothers, one a gun toting nut, the other a jock, a bespectacled nerd-girl for comic relief, a bad girl, and a model. They add another body, I mean stranger, to their small number later in the movie. Except for the opening salvo, a harrowing rape sequence, most of the action comes much later in the game.
I like this movie not because it is especially well done, but because it struck a chord in me of unrelenting sadness, right up to the final image.

To this day, I still don't get the title: Humongous. Who would name their kid that? As for being descriptive of anything in this movie, I can't say they focused on anything long enough to get its dimensions.

I'm keeping it as being representative of a bygone era. That, and because I am a sucker for this type of movie.
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