Humongous (Uncut) (Katarina's Nightmare Theater)
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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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Some friends are out on a boat & find a man stranded, they bring him aboard. He tells them, that nearby is an island, inhabited by an old recluse woman, and her dogs. One of our characters (Nick) goes nuts, threatens his fellow friends/family members (and saved man) with a gun; and sails the boat right over some jagged rocks. They come ashore on the island, and find a horrifying secret. They all begin to fall prey to HUMONGOUS!
Good: The film has great atmosphere and foreboding mood. The acting ranges from bad to okay. The effects aren't stellar, but are passable. One minor nitpick I have, for a hulking cannibal, our antagonist sure doesn't seem to have much of an appetite, as we never see him eat anybody. That aside everything else is fine. I like the dark tones of the sky, which adds to the atmosphere. As we see the day in the beginning go from bright & sunny, to dark and haunting.
Humongous is a fun flick, that should be waded into with low expectations. It's enjoyable in it's own right.
Fun Facts: Humongous is manufactured from the creators of Prom Night (1980).
Film Rating: 3/5 DVD Rating: 5/5
Main feature- with or without Katarina introduction
Also from Scorpion- movie trailers
Alternate pre-credit sequence
Definitely worth a watch!
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. It's well directed with a good amount of suspense, but you don't really care about the characters; you can tell that the film was trying to concentrate at times on character development, but I thought it definitely fails. There's some topless nudity, as well as a little full frontal during the rape scene in the beginning. Most of this movie is also very well scored. I thought the music during the opening and closing credits was pretty lousy and out of place for this type of film, but some of the other soundtracks are very well done and fit the film perfectly. Of particular mention is a scene towards the end when the freak is chasing a woman through the forest; the soundtrack was well done. The movie is slow at times and might bore some people, but I thought it is a great film that gets better with repeated viewings.
The DVD is mastered from a VHS master. There is grain, but it's sharp with decent color and contrast. It doesn't look fantastic, but this is the best quality that I've seen it in. Considering they used a VHS master, it looks better than what many would expect. Overall, I thought the transfer was good. They might have used a full screen master and converted it to widescreen with anamorphic enhancement, so it may not be a real widescreen film; but the quality is still good, and I'm glad it's on DVD.
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The plot is fine and the location adds a great atmosphere...Read more