10/21/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #21 – Humanoids From the Deep (1980).

Here we go with the 2nd half of my very specific “bizarre and slightly humorous, genetically enhanced, water creature movies of the late 70’s/early 80’s” pair. Yesterday was all about Joe Dante’s classic Piranha. Today, it’s all about Humanoids From the Deep. This is another Jaws-inspired flick that is essentially schlock-central with a side order of sick and wrong. But if you aren’t bothered by the bad taste of it all, I think you’ll find this 1980 Doug McClure vehicle thoroughly entertaining. Bad taste you say? You be the judge. The tagline on the poster says, “They’re not human. But they hunt human women. Not for killing. For Mating.” And that pretty much sums up this flick. The plot circles around a new cannery that’s opening in a small fisherman’s village and going to radically change life there. Well, life’s going to change a lot more than they think because the cannery has secretly been toying with genetically altering the salmon, and now long story short, they’ve created all sorts of horny little fish-man monsters that want to kill all the local men and rape all the local women. Look, look, look… I know in the current climate of #metoo and our long-necessary battle for gender equality this movie might come across as absolutely inappropriate. Well, guess what. IT IS. It’s inappropriate to levels that seem unfathomable right now. Here’s the weird thing though, what I actually enjoy about this movie is how unapologetically wrong it is. Horror movies of the 70’s/80s, especially Roger Corman horror movies of this era, don’t care about social norms. They just go for it. And that’s the fun here. It’s a movie from a completely different era that you just don’t see anymore. It’s got scantily clad women, creepy little fish-man creatures, lots of fun gore fx, and a 3rd act that just absolutely goes for it. In many ways it’s extremely similar to yesterday’s choice Piranha (especially the 3rd act), which is why I put them back to back. Do a double feature. Why not? Go for it. It’s not for everyone, but for those who enjoy filthy horror, go ahead and wallow in a different era for 90 minutes. It’ll help you realize just how far we’ve come.

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