Review: ‘Humanoids from the Deep’

With Humanoids from the Deep, Roger Corman comes full circle back to his very first film as a producer, Monster from the Ocean Floor [1954]. Despite costing 100 times as much, new pic has similar premise and same raison d'etre, that of pocketing a profit from drive-in dates.

With Humanoids from the Deep, Roger Corman comes full circle back to his very first film as a producer, Monster from the Ocean Floor [1954]. Despite costing 100 times as much, new pic has similar premise and same raison d’etre, that of pocketing a profit from drive-in dates.

Tried-and-true formula of countless sci-fiers of the 1950s is revived as gruesome, amphibious creatures rise from the ocean to stalk and destroy terrified humans. General pattern here has monsters systematically killing the guys and raping the girls.

Given the nonsensical script and fact that considerable footage was added, editor Mark Goldblatt did a good job in making disparate elements at least hang together and play coherently. James Horner’s score makes it seem that more is happening than actually takes place.

Humanoids from the Deep

Production

New World. Dir Barbara Peeters; Producer Martin B. Cohen, Hunt Lowry; Screenplay Frederick James; Camera Daniele Lacambre; Editor Mark Goldblatt; Music James Horner Art Dir Michael Erler

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 80 MIN.

With

Doug McClure Ann Turkel Vic Morrow Cindy Weintraub Anthony Penya Denise Galik
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