Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

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After a new cannery introduces scientifically augmented salmon to a seaside town in the Pacific Northwest, a species of mysterious, mutated sea creatures begin killing the men and raping the women.

"Humanoids from the Deep", likewise called "Monster", is a 1980 American science fiction scary film directed by Barbara Peeters and later on re-shot by Jimmy T. Murakami. The movie combines components of horror, creature feature, and exploitation genres, showing the environmental and gender stress and anxieties of the period. Embed in the little fishing town of Noyo, California, it follows the chaotic events that unfold when genetically mutated sea creatures begin attacking the town's citizens.

Plot Summary
The story begins with the introduction of grotesque, amphibious creatures that have an exceptional ability to breathe both in water and on land. The peaceful neighborhood of Noyo starts to experience mysterious violence and scary as these monsters wreck the shoreline, claiming lives and destroying residential or commercial property.

The sinister turn of events is soon linked to Canco, a corporation employing experimental development hormones to increase fish production. Their experimentation has accidentally led to the anomaly of local sea life, leading to the birth of the brutal humanoid animals looking for to propagate their species.

As the town prepares for its annual Salmon Festival, the humanoids attack with increasing frequency, compelling the citizens to reveal the cause of these ruthless attacks. The festival setting provides a background for the approaching mayhem that the monsters will quickly bring into the middle of the whole population.

Local fisherman Jim Hill (played by Doug McClure), together with his partner Carol (played by Cindy Weintraub) and researcher Dr. Susan Drake (played by Ann Turkel), begin investigating the source of the mystical predators. As they uncover the horrifying truth behind the animals' presence and objectives, the trio discover themselves in a desperate battle to safeguard the town.

The humanoids, defined by their lust and bloodthirst, specifically target ladies, including a disturbing layer to their attacks and increasing the film's questionable elements of gender exploitation. The final act of the movie crescendos into a disorderly battle during the festival where townsfolk and humanoids clash in a fight for survival.

Styles and Critical Reception
The motion picture engages with environmental concerns of the time, critiquing humankind's interference with nature through biological tampering. It also reflects contemporary stress and anxieties over business ethics and the potential dangers of uncontrolled scientific expedition. On the other hand, the humanoids' specific targeting of women for breeding touches on themes of sexual violence and exploitation, which has actually resulted in both criticism and conversations about the movie's representation of gender concerns.

Upon release, "Humanoids from the Deep" received blended reactions. Critics disparaged the movie's specific violence and perceived misogynistic undertones, even as some praised its unique impacts, action sequences, and political allegory. The film gained a cult following, specifically valued by fans of B-movies and creature features for its campy method and creature design, courtesy of unique impacts artist Rob Bottin.

In summary, "Humanoids from the Deep" stands as an item of its time-- a melding of eco-friendly warning and visceral scary that capitalizes on the primal fears of audiences. It remains a topic of contention, with its environmental message in some cases overshadowed by its graphic content and controversial sexual themes. Despite the criticism, or possibly partially because of it, the film has managed to secure a location in the annals of cult timeless cinema. It works as an interesting case research study on the crossway of genre filmmaking and social commentary, remaining a recommendation point for discussions about exploitation in film and the principles of clinical experimentation.

Top Cast

  • Doug McClure (small)
    Doug McClure
    Jim Hill
  • Ann Turkel (small)
    Ann Turkel
    Dr. Susan Drake
  • Vic Morrow (small)
    Vic Morrow
    Hank Slattery
  • Cindy Weintraub (small)
    Cindy Weintraub
    Carol Hill
  • Anthony Pena (small)
    Anthony Pena
    Johnny Eagle
  • Denise Galik (small)
    Denise Galik
    Linda Beale
  • Lynn Theel (small)
    Lynn Theel
    Peggy Larson
  • Meegan King
    Jerry Potter
  • Breck Costin
    Tommy Hill
  • Hoke Howell
    Deke Jensen
  • Don Maxwell
    Dickie Moore