Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Humanoids from the Deep (1996)

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Humanoids from the Deep (1996) - 2 out of 5

What happens when you take away the all the gratuitous nudity and raping fishmen from Roger Corman's cult hit Humanoids from the Deep? Why you get an even cheesier remake that tries wayyyyy too hard to be serious. And taking this film seriously is almost impossible when you have Louis Skolnick as the hero.

Unleashed during the final half of the 90's, director Jeff Yonis (don't worry, I haven't heard of him either) took the reins and remade Roger Corman's ridiculous original film--However, it was decided that this film wouldn't be silly and fun but rather serious. Due to the film trying to take itself seriously, it ends up becoming a hilarious film to watch as, for one, you have the star of Revenge of the Nerds, Robert Carradine as the lead hero. That fact alone makes it impossible for me to take seriously as visions the Tri-Lambs dance in my head. The film takes it a step further in destroying its credibility as it host a supporting cast of people either just phoning it in or working for just the paycheck. And let's not forget how the film recycles footage from the original...or was I just suppose to believe that the city the movie takes place in just magically time traveled back to the 80's?

Despite this movie being utter crap on the surface, there is a warm, gooey center of entertainment that can be found because of its bad acting, plot holes and factual errors and its use of recycle footage. I suggest you watch both the original and this remake back-to-back and laugh yourself into a coma because these are just two of those great, hilarious bad movies that entertains you on a level the filmmakers weren't expecting.

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