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Humanoids from the Deep


Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: halfman, halffish which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women.

Release Year: 1980

Rating: 5.5/10 (2,241 voted)

Barbara Peeters

Stars: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow

Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: halfman, halffish which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women.

Writers: Frank Arnold, Martin B. Cohen


Doug McClure

Jim Hill

Ann Turkel

Dr. Susan Drake

Vic Morrow

Hank Slattery

Cindy Weintraub

Carol Hill

Anthony Pena

Johnny Eagle

(as Anthony Penya)

Denise Galik

Linda Beale

Lynn Theel

Peggy Larson

Meegan King

Jerry Potter

Breck Costin

Tommy Hill

Hoke Howell

Deke Jensen

Don Maxwell

Dickie Moore

David Strassman


Greg Travis

Mike Michaels, Radio Announcer

Linda Shayne

Sandy, Miss Salmon

Lisa Glaser


From The Caverns Of The Deep… It Strikes!

Release Date: May 1980

Filming Locations: Fort Bragg, California, USA

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


One scene of the Humanoids attacking a victim was shot when the temperature was cold enough to turn the actress's lips blue.


After Tommy shoots the humanoid with an arrow, its head falls forward. But in the next shot, it's cocked to the side. In the 3rd shot, it's hanging forward once again.

User Review

A great if unintentional comedy

Rating: 5/10

There's a little sleepy seaside burg debating whether to add a new
Life is slow there, and the fishing is dying. It turns out that the reason
the salmon are disappearing is that the owners of the cannery company have
been doing some DNA experiments on salmon. They accidentally released
genetically altered salmon into the ocean, and those altered salmon were
eaten by predator fish. This special diet turns the predator fish into –
guessed it – Humanoids From The Deep. (Add echo chamber in your mind).

Now what do you think the loony humans do? Hint: remember that the
have been living on genetically altered salmon, and then they have nothing
else to eat but the real salmon. The humans go ahead and hold the 93rd
annual Salmon Festival! It's like advertising a tourist attraction for
salmon-eating monsters. Then there is a silly subplot, added after the
by the filmmakers. The monsters are super-evolved and need to propagate
their species. They don't seem to have any females in their race. They are
also humanoid (Well, sort of. They appear to be as human as Vic Morrow,
just barely). They therefore need to kill human males and mate with human

First they come upon a girl and her boyfriend camping on the beach. He is
ventriloquist, for no apparent reason. They maul the twerp, and the
eyes continue to follow the action, even after the ventriloquist is dead.
This apparently supernatural phenomenon is never explained. (Hey, it's a
Corman movie). The monsters proceed to rape her. Later, another girl's
boyfriend is feeling her up in the water, and this makes the humanoids
really horny, so they kill another twerp, and rape another girl. In the
movie's final scene, she is giving birth, and …… I think you can
probably figure it out.

The movie's climax comes at the Salmon Festival, a carnival where humans
humanoids alike meet to share a few memories. The humanoids show that,
they are not smarter than average humans, they are quite a bit smarter
carny folk, and smell a lot better as well. Dental care is about even.

The monsters rip off the bra of the Salmon Queen before chasing her
the midway. Before tracking down the Salmon Queen, however, the monsters
stop to ride some of the midway rides (say, they are genetically
and of course slaughter the humans on the rides. Then the monsters stop
some cotton candy. Not by salmon alone does man live. Then they head over
the midway to play some carny games. One of the monsters is really hacked
off that he can't knock down the bowling pins and win an Eeyore for the
Salmon Queen, especially since he has seen some other monsters with
and even one with a Tigger! He really gets steamed when he realizes that
those other monsters were audience plants, allowed to win by the carny
barkers in order to sucker in the players. Of course, when he finds this
out, he rips the carny geek limb from limb and resumes chasing the Salmon
Queen, intending to take her by force if he cannot woo her with presents.

But, by jingo, we humans are not defenseless, you know. Our salmon queens
can take care of themselves, thank you very much. This gal squares off and
dukes it out with the big guy. The human spirit endures. So if you evil
superintelligent movie humanoids are out there reading this review, listen
up. You'll never take us. If you think you can just come here and rape our
women, Mr. Johnny Monster, you've got another think coming. We've got
tough Salmon Queens and Van Damme and Bruce Willis, and no movie monster
asteroid is going to crush this race, nosireebob.