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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2011
Humanoids from the Deep certainly isn't the best cheesy eighties horror film around, but it's a decent and fun little flick with enough entertainment value to warrant it a recommendation to horror fans. I'm guessing the film took some influence from the silly Sergio Martino film 'Island of the Fish Men' released a year earlier. The film was also produced by low budget horror guru Roger Corman. Humanoids From The Deep has everything that I like about horror movies. There is a decent story, cute girls get naked, gory monster attacks abound (especially during the chaotic finale), and the cast consists of a number of name actors spouting off cheesy lines. Among these actors, who probably had a blast making the film even though they would never admit it are Vic Morrow and Doug McClure. However the real star of the show is the humanoids. Looking like a low budget lovechild of Alien, Pumpkinhead, and the space creatures from This Island Earth, they were not bad and were quite impressive considering the time that they were made in although they did look slightly weird in some shots. The creatures were designed by effects artist Rob Bottin and you can see that he was well on his way to learning his craft but was not quite at the level that gave him his permanent place in movie history with his work on The Thing and The Howling.

Shout! Factory did a fantastic job with this new dvd as the picture quality was stunning and they really delivered with the extras. To begin, The Making of Humanoids from the Deep is a surprisingly candid retrospective on the film's production with the participation of Roger Corman (of course), composer James Horner, actress Linda Shayne, second unit director James Shardellati, and others. This is presented in anamorphic widescreen. Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes offers precisely what it advertises, also in anamorphic widescreen. There is also a Leonard Maltin Interview with Roger Corman on the Making of the Film. This brief extra has a full screen aspect ratio.You also get some radio and television spots, as well as a poster and still gallery, may be found on the second Bonus submenu. Rounding out the extras are two trailers for Humanoids from the Deep (one English and one German) and additional trailers for Galaxy of Terror, Forbidden World and Up from the Depths. It might have been nice to have a commentary track, but with extras like this, I doubt many cult fans will complain. Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2005
I first saw this in the early eighties at my local cinema.
I liked it so much I went to see it more than twice.
You can rely on a film with doug mcclure containing rubber (men in suits) monsters ( at the earths core/land that time forgot etc)
But this is adults only gory entertainment.
Looks dated by todays standards but stands out as a classic of the genre.
On release the film was slated by womens libbers saying it degraded women and potrayed them as sex objects.
Little did they know at the time that the film was directed by a woman.
All in all if you have an 80 min timeslot you wont do worse than give this a try, its by far better than some of the CGI drivel on the shelves today.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Cult classic "Humanoids from the Deep" comes to DVD and Blu-ray in its uncut form, widely available for the first time and I must say the only complaint is that they waited so long! First off the main stars - the monsters, are cool as hell, clearly inspired by "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" but with a depraved way all their own, it doesn't hurt that for a film so supposedly low budget the actors are great too, not only are they good but they play genuinely interesting characters and the fishing town fued over whether to let in the big salmon company helps for some good character development, in addition the film has a high body count with the humanoids killing dozens of men and raping the women, the gore looks amazing, sure these days you can get a much more sadistic and prolonged kill scene but these kills have a special feel that they just don't do anymore (any fan of 80's horror will know what I mean), just when you thought it couldn't get better the last fifteen or so minutes make for a spectacular finale, all in all its one hell of a film!

This release by Shout Factory is the fully uncut international cut and is restored in HD pretty well on my DVD (and presumably looks even better on Blu-ray), it includes a twenty minute documentery with various crew members including prducer Roger Corman and is quite interesting, also included are never before seen deleted scenes, a TV intro for the film, trailers for this and other Corman films and a free booklet and if the "Humanoids from the Deep" cover isn't to your taste there's a great reversible cover from the artwork for its alternate title "Monster". In conclusion this is without a doubt the version to get so what are you waiting for, buy, watch, enjoy, just don't go in the water!
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on 21 November 2010
this dvd is not the one starring Emma Samms and Robert Carradine(1996) but the one starring Doug McClure and Ann Turkel(1980).Its an ok movie shot on a low budget with not exactly top of the range monsters who terrorize a seaside town in the USA.Aside from the naff monsters there is some decent explosions coupled with ropey dialogue and acting.Vic Morrow is the best actor on show as the town bully.The extras are quite good ,a making of..(22;41),a short interview with producer Roger Corman(3;27),deleted scenes(7;12) radio and tv spots(1;02),gallery and trailers from other Corman movies.Overall a good set for an ok B movie.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2004
Doug McClure's name on a movie poster is obviously a guarantee for high-budget, totally credible action films with intricate plots. In this absolute classic a bizarre marine-biological experiment leads to fish turning into (Male) humanoids and terrorising a small coastal town, killing the males and trying to mate with the scantily-clad local females. Cue our chisel-jawed hero...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2014
I used to love this film when I was younger but I think its a load of rubbish now some films stand the test of time but this one has not fell I wasted my money I did like the bit where the monster was on the merry go round ticles me every time I see it my copy was not all regions like it says so be carefull played it on my region one player lucky I have one
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2014
Great fun. I saw it at the pictures years ago. Costumes almost as bad ad the good Doctor.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amusing - not to be taken seriously. The end is a bit daft.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2011
Dont buy this film. Its a complete waste of money,bad acting, rubbish story, crap continuity. Never agaiin will I make this mistake
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