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Humanoids from the Deep
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Title: Humanoids from the Deep
Directed by: Barbara Peeters
Jimmy T. Murakami[1]
Written by: Frank Arnold; Martin B. Cohen; William Martin [2]
Produced by: Martin B. Cohen; Hunt Lowry; Roger Corman
Music by: James Horner
Cinematography: Daniel Lacambre
Edited by: Mark Goldblatt
Distributed by: New World Pictures
Released: May, 1980
Rating: R
Running time: 80 min.
Country: USA
Language: English

Humanoids from the Deep is an independent American film of the science fiction and horror genres. It was directed by Barbara Peeters and written by William Martin based on story concepts by Frank Arnold and Martin B. Cohen. It was produced by Roger Corman and New World Pictures and released in May of 1980. The premise of the film involves a race of undersea fish-man monsters that surface near the fishing community of Noyo and begin savagely slaughtering people while simultaneously seeking to mate with their women. The movie stars Doug McClure as Jim Hill, Ann Turkel as Doctor Susan Drake, Vic Morrow as Hank Slattery, Cindy Weintraub as Carol Hill and Antony Pena as Johnny Eagle.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Cast[edit | edit source]

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Humanoids from the Deep was released on Blu-ray as part of the "Roger Corman's Cult Classics" collection by Shout! Factory on August 3rd, 2010. [5]
  • The 30th Anniversary Special Edition DVD release of Humanoids of the Deep was released by Shout! Factory on August 30th, 2010.
  • Executive producer Roger Corman is uncredited in the end credit sequence of this film.
  • This is the fifth feature film work for director Barbara Peeters and her first horror movie work. It is also her final major film work before moving on to television.
  • Many of the more visceral fish-rape scenes were inserted as an eleventh hour change per the mandate of Roger Corman, who felt the movie needed to be kicked up a notch. This was done without the consent or knowledge of director Barbara Peeters. These scenes were filmed by James Sbardellati.
  • This is second unit director James Sbardellati's second film work and his first work in the horror genre.
  • This is the first feature film work for co-producer Hunt Lowry.
  • Barbara Peeters suffered from terminal stage melanoma at the time she was approached by Roger Corman to direct Humanoids from the Deep. Before signing a contract, she needed a medical clearance from the bonding company that insured the film's completion.
  • New World Pictures was not part of a trade union even though director Barbara Peeters was a member of the Director's Guild of America. When the DGA caught wind of her involvement with Humanoids from the Deep, they told her to quit. Barbara refused and the union fined her $15,000, which was more than what her income from the film would have been. [6]
  • Kent Adamson, who plays one of the humanoid killers, is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Rob Bottin, who plays one of the humanoid killers, is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Larry Wessel, who plays one of the humanoid killers, is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Raine Lightner is a double for baby John Hill. He is uncredited in the movie.
  • Actor Vincent Prentice, who plays one of the many victims of the humanoid killers, is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Writer Frank Arnold makes a cameo appearance in the movie as an old man.
  • Scenes of Peggy Larson from this film are incorporated into the 1988 science fiction film Not of This Earth, directed by Jim Wynorski.

Taglines[edit | edit source]

  • "They're not human. But they hunt human women. Not for killing. For mating."
  • "From the caverns of the deep... it strikes!"
  • "From the ocean depths they strike... to terrorize... to mate... and to kill!"
  • "Between Life and Death, There Is... 'Humanoids from the Deep'."

Recommendations[edit | edit source]

1980s horror films

Roger Corman films

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jimmy T. Murakami did additional directorial editing on the movie, but is uncredited for his participation.
  2. Screenplay writer William Martin is credited as Frederick James in this film.
  3. Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books
  4.; Humanoids from the Deep; DVD
  5.; Roger Corman's Cult Classics: Humanoids from the Deep; Blu-ray
  6. Ashland Play; 'Barbara Peters - Don't Ask Her About "Humanoids from the Deep"

Keywords[edit | edit source]

1980s; Cats; Dead animals; Dismemberment; Dogs; Eaten alive; Female frontal nudity; Female topless nudity; Female rear nudity; Gunshot victims; Head injuries; Mild profanity; Mutant; Native American; Rape; Scientific experimentation; Ventriloquism

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