When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline.
Synopsis: Mutant, humanoid salmon (you read that right) rise from the depths of a small fishing community and wreak havoc on the local population, seeking both food and potential mates – in the form of human females.
Killer Scene: This movie goes out with a bang. The climax of the film sees a massive swarm of the humanoids attacking a festival, spreading mayhem, nudity, and blood everywhere. Dozens of the creatures are massacred, plenty of humans are killed, boobs are exposed, and even a lesson or two is learned.
Violence: More than a dozen humans are either torn to bits or raped to death while about a dozen of the fish faced mother lovers are burned, chopped, or otherwise destroyed. There’s plenty of blood and death to go around in this Roger Corman produced classic.
Sex: There is a decent array of boobage on display throughout the film and at various points we get glimpses of both some female butt and a little bush. While it sounds like a lot, you’ll never be overwhelmed by the nudity, but there’s enough to get you through the night.
Scares: I’m not certain this movie ever even attempts to have a scary scene. Okay, that’s untrue. There is a monster hunting a woman in the shower at one point and the beginning scene with the fishermen is shot for scares, though you won’t be in danger of wetting yourself at any point.
Final Thoughts: I personally can’t get enough of Humanoids from the Deep. It’s just a perfect example… I don’t know, something. It’s low budget, unsophisticated, and completely entertaining. Hell, it has a fight between a mutant salmon-man and a dog and it’s a damn good fight at that. The nudity is often extraneous, the effects are all practical, and the human element is far down the list of what you care about. Why then, should you watch it? Because it’s fun. It’s kind of campy. It moves quick and it entertains. Not every night of your horror-marathon has to be filled with spine tingling chills and vomit inducing gore. Sometimes you just need to kick back and see what 1980 has to offer in terms of early, semi-socially aware mutant fish monster movies.