Friday, April 8, 2011

Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

***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 (1980) - 3 out of 5

While I attended college, a professor of mine said that this Roger Corman produced "classic" (strangely, he actually went uncredited for this film) was the epitome of a horrible film. Bad acting, gratuitous nudity, terrible practical effects and an all around atrocious concept, he felt this movie was the true embodiment of what it takes to make an all-out, balls to the wall nightmare of a film. And he was right but that's why the movie is amazing.

This is one of those bad films that is so bad, it's fun to watch. The film centers around the fishing town of Noyo who is, of course, having some trouble catching some fish. A cannery comes into town and will solve all the town's problems but soon it's discovered that the company is the cause of the problems as mutated fish-people start appearing, killing the men folk and raping the women. Yep, that's the story. Which leads me to ask one question: Isn't there a more civilized and easier way to get nudity into a film without having to resort to the monsters raping women? And why do these monster have to rape human women to begin with? Why isn't there any lady monster for them to engage in consensual intercourse with?

Humanoids from the Deep is, indeed, an absolutely terrible film but because of its horrendous nature, it's a joy to watch. There's no character development, no real plot or talent to be seen anywhere within its 80 minutes but, here's what you do get: acting so bad that you don't even have to make fun of it to laugh, pointless boob shots, cheesy monster costumes and a story that decides to throw the viewer from scene to scene with no real point or clue as to why the events you're watching are taking place. This film will forever be remembered for just how bad it was.

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