HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP
MONSTER; MONSTER (HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP)
Humanoids from the Deep cheerfully rips its plot off from everything in sight. The monster owes its source of inspiration to The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Indeed, it could be The Creature from the Black Lagoon by way of Alien (1979), which forms another strong influence, particularly during the chestburster twist ending. Even more than either The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Alien, Humanoids from the Deep owes much inspiration to the Z movie classic The Horror of Party Beach (1964), which similarly had horny sea monsters attacking bikinied teens. There was also the recent Prophecy (1979) from which it borrows its environmental pseudo-concerns and pollution-caused mutation themes. Indeed, Humanoids from the Deep could be Prophecy without its pretensions and conducted as a much more honest B movie. Also in common with Prophecy and the previous years Nightwing (1979) is the introduction of American Indian characters who are seen taking a stand on behalf of the environment.
The only difference between this and a 1950s B movie is that Humanoids from the Deep leaps in with an unrestrainedly over-the-top barrage of 1980s sex and gore. In the way it relishes the scenes of its monsters ripping the tops off and raping female victims, the film comes in extraordinarily bad taste yet the exercise is played with a deadpan cheerfulness where this contrarily becomes absurdly entertaining. In many ways you could argue, it is only taking to the logical extent the underlying interspecies lust that monsters like King Kong and The Creature from the Black Lagoon displayed towards their respective heroines and bringing it all out of the closet. The makeup effects, provided by a young Rob Bottin, are extremely gory and the creature effects very good. The film mounts to a highly entertaining climax with the monsters attacking a carnival amid much mass slaughter and their being shot (which is well staged given that there was only one functional monster suit for the entire production).
Back in the day, feminist groups targeted the film although many defenders took refuge in the fact that it was directed by a woman Barbara Peeters. That said, there exists some debate whether the sex and gore was edited in by Roger Corman after she had finished. Apparently not, says Rob Bottin who ended up designing as well as playing several of the raping monsters. On the other hand, in the extras for the dvd release, Peeters states that she was fired and all of the material was subsequently added by another director. Barbara Peeters had previously made a handful of exploitation films with The Dark Side of Tomorrow (1970), Bury Me an Angel (1972) and Summer School Teachers (1974), which notedly also have a quite reasonable degree of gratuitous sex scenes. All her subsequent work has been in television.
The film was later remade for cable tv as Humanoids from the Deep (1996) as part of a package of movies under the umbrella title Roger Corman Presents. This time the nudity and gore was considerably watered down.
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