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Ultra cheesy and gory b-movie fun from Roger Corman.
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.