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Ever have those moments where you get the urge to watch a film chocked full of gratuitous scenes of sex & nudity, gruesome acts of violent murder and the raping and pillaging of innocent women? You know those times where that inner monster takes a hold of you and you want to watch a sub-human being, unlike yourself, wreak havoc on everyone and everything it encounters. Yeah, this is totally that movie.

Now I know some of you might be thinking this is SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE - or DAY OF THE WOMAN, as it is known in some circles (to keep you nomenclature neurotics at bay) – and I totally get where you’re coming from. Sadly, while some of you might find those backwoods imbeciles to be not of our kind, they are in fact ones of us and not the subject of the film to which I speak. Guys, I’m talking a about a movie filled to the brim with creepy looking “fish-men” that resemble a massive brained cross between the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON & that leafy shrubbery costume that the cops wear to bust the perpetrators on To Catch A Predator. The film I’ll be indulging you with this time is HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP

...or MONSTER, to once again save my ass.

So essentially, due to some strange phenomena involving DNA and evolution and some other scientific shit, the people of the small town of Noyo are forced to face a new species of extremely livid Coelacanth (yes that’s a fish) creatures. Seemingly humanoid (hence the title), these freaks of nature are natively sea dwelling, yet capable of surviving long enough to unleash mayhem on the citizen’s land based home front.  As a new order struggling to survive, their driving force seems to be the need to copulate with womankind for the sake of procreation. Moving at a Jason Vorhees pace, they start of attacking the citizen’s animals but quickly graduate to killing off the townsmen and having their way with the women. As if this wasn’t problematic enough, while this is going down, there is a brewing war between the inhabitants of Noyo and their Native American neighbors, all over the overuse/misuse of chemicals in their water supply, a subplot that later has much larger ramifications. As you can probably guess, things begin to spiral helplessly out of control, totally shit show style, as the people have to contend not only with the threat of these invasive beings, but with threat of one another as well.  


I’ll be frank. While I’m not entirely sure what the MPAA does on a daily basis or how they come up with their “consistent” ratings (see: the whole BULLY controversy), how this film got an R rating in 1980 is beyond me. Right off the bat, there’s enough titt… I mean nudity to shake a stick at and countless instances of the gruesome sight of bodies - and body parts - that don’t look all that healthy and/or intact. On top of that, they’ve got people cursing left and right, getting into all kinds of fights, blowing shit up, and blasting at each other with all sorts of firearms. That alone, I’d think would get it rated a bit harsher, but then you add the imposed intercourse being used as a key element as to why the fish people are abound in the first place and I’d have thought it to be a definite scale tipper. Don’t get me wrong, though, I’m not complaining. It was fortunate that the protective mothers and fathers of the industry didn’t come down so hard, as it’d probably have prevented tons of people from this film having graced their eyes.

Now, let me tell you this… HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP is by no means expertly crafted.  It’s actually kinda stupid. The whole premise makes minimal sense, the characters are completely one-dimensional and the plot has more gaps than Amy Arena’s mouth. One who isn’t on board with the whole thing wouldn’t be wrong in saying that it is a hodgepodge of bullshit and, from a cinematic aspect, amongst the most horrendous pieces of trash ever made. In the grand scheme of things, though, that person would be considered an asshole by the cult following of the film as sometimes the synergistic idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts reigns true and, all things considered, this is one helluva shit flick.

What HUMANOIDS does best, one of the key element that brings this film to life and makes it as amazing as it is, is get all the effects right. Coming from Chris Walas, who later brought THE FLY and the GREMLINS to life, everything you see is really looks badass. From the mutilated faces and bodies of the creature’s victims to the obvious man-in-a-suit humanoids, themselves, it doesn’t take much to become completely engulfed in a film with visuals as expertly crafted as those present in this one.  The movie is filled with seemingly unjustified amounts of blood, guts and random gore, but the beauty of the product makes it such a much welcome addition to the repertoire. I’d venture to say that this film was at the pinnacle of what science-fiction special effects personnel were able to create at the time and its on-screen masterpiece is a staple as to what separated the good from the bad in the genre.


Furthermore, if you can suspend belief for a brief moment, forgetting the implausibility of everything that transpires, it’s quite entertaining. I don’t know about you, but that whole horror flick element of unwarranted victim confusion, when the most obvious path to safety is so apparently, gets me going. It’s like watching a dumb blonde run up the stairs over and over again, yet in so many different ways. They’ve got quite a bit of that here, something that kept me in the mix, trying to predict how each character was going to predicate their downfall, not caring as to if it actually made sense or not.

The curtain falls on HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP with an extremely open ended conclusion. The film closes with so many questions to be asked and a final act that leaves the door wide open for a second, continuing on with the ridiculousness of the story. Knowing that there was never a sequel made to the film is disappointing as it is totally a buzz kill that the next step I’m sure the majority of you will want, after taking this one in, has yet to surface over the past 20 years and, for all intents and purposes, is probably less than an afterthought in the minds of the higher ups. Yet and still, this is a B-movie hall of famer, something it’s 30th Year Anniversary Special Edition Blu-Ray’s release verifies. I sifted through a bunch of excreta to discover this treasure, so I now bestow the knowledge of its greatness upon you and strongly encourage you check it out. It’ll be worth the dip.



-Jon Doe

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  • March 22, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by MaceTowani


  • March 22, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    You sold me on this in the first paragraph.

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • March 22, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    So what you are saying is its better then John Carter?

    by JohnWayneWasGay

  • March 22, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I'm confused.

    by Bodacious_Crumb

  • March 22, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I'm confused.

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Which bad movie had the creatures under the sand that ripped off the Jaws 2 tagline?

  • March 22, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay says the humanoids are really aliens.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    So Chill

  • March 22, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    I remember...

    by Darth Macchio

    That one guy getting attacked - the HftD just slashes at him and tears all the skin off his chest exposing muscles and bones - totally freakin awesome. Plus for pre-internet days - you youngins don't get how awesome it was to have such gratuitous nudity at the time - it means nothing now when it's a mere click away. Saw this at an early age and the cheese factor was totally lost on me - it was genuinely scary to watch! (same for the original Piranha at the time!)

  • March 22, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    What? No Amazon link?

    by gruntybear

    Someone's either new or slipping.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay is just Roger Corman with a gigantic wallet!

    by cameron

  • March 22, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Just watched this on Netflix streaming a couple of weeks ago.

    by frank

    Some nice gratuitous nudity, but could’ve used even more since nothing else about the movie was very interesting.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    This is on Netflix streaming in HD.

    by TaisonX

    True story, check it out.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by The Shropshire Slasher

  • March 22, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by The Shropshire Slasher

    Blood Beach? Sorry about that last post.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Well how about that.

    by Joshua James

    I just wrote about this movie yesterday, and I pop over to Ainitcool today, and someone else is spreading the word on Humanoids. Well I glad, to see other people enjoying it as well .

  • March 22, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I think a young Rob Bottin worked on this.

    by v3d

  • March 22, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    the cable guide

    by Eddie_Dane

    When I was a kid my friends and I would score the cable guide looking for parental guide labels like "nudity" or "adult situations". Humanoids was awesome because it had ALL the bad ones. We never missed it.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Added to Stream Queue

    by CigsandCoffee56

    I added this to my Netflix queue before I was done reading the first paragraph. Thanks for the head's up

  • March 22, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by Marcus Thomas

    Sand Sharks. I reviewed that one not too long ago, back at the old site...

  • March 22, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Adjusted for inflation HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP took more money than JOHN CARTER.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    my girlfriend ONLY watches movies like this

    by Spandau Belly

    If it doesn't have monsters eating people, she won't watch it.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    *Ever have those moments where you get the urge to watch a film chocked full of gratuitous scenes of sex & nudity, gruesome acts of violent murder and the raping and pillaging of innocent women? * Somewhere Mr Beaks is reading this and nodding vigorously.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Do you like fish sticks?

    by John

  • March 22, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I'm the Ghost of Doug McClure, and I approved this message.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    And, yes it's true, they buried me in my fishing jacket from this film.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Almost 30 years since the Vic Morrow decapitation

    by Baron Karza

    I remember that vividly as a kid

  • March 22, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    The best part

    by frank

    is where they find the girl covered in seaweed or monster gunk or whatever and they uncover her face and then her breasts for no apparent reason. Prime example of gratuitous nudity.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I remember watching this at my Grandparents' on HBO when I was about 8.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Stuck in my mind for years. Dying to see it again.

  • Because I'm a freak of trash cinema nature, I saw "Blood Beach" in the theater as a kid. The poster tagline was, "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water---you can't make it across the beach." The movie itself it pretty terrible. In spite of a great concept, the execution is pretty boring even while featuring great character actors like John Saxon, Burt Young and Audrey from "Little Shop of Horrors." Sadly, it's never made it to DVD or Blu-Ray, and I donated my VHS copy to Wild & Woolly Video in Louisville years ago. Stick with "Humanoids from the Deep," and you'll be a happy camper.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    This and Death Race 2000 are 2 of my favorites from Corman!

    by Servo1000

  • March 22, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Blood Beach, half of my favorite double feature ever

    by Frisco

    The tag line of Blood Beach was "Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, you can't reach it!" The local movie theater showed Blood Beach as a double feature with Mommy Dearest, and that sublime pairing has never (and now that double features are gone, probably WILL never) be matched. Blade Runner plus Road Warrior was a damn fine runner-up though. Oh, and Humanoids from the Deep was on heavy rotation on HBO in the early 80s, if I remember correctly. Not quite at Beastmaster levels of saturation, but what was?

  • March 22, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    I think John Landis said it best...

    by eustisclay

    ...he was being interviewed by Fangoria abd got on the subject of Humanoids, "It's a piece of shit, I love it!" As far as the mpaa, they definitely were more lax about things years ago. Look at movies like the original True Grit, which got a G at the time. Or Billy Jack, which was GP originally(laterPG) which has graphic violence(a cop being shot between the eyes) nudity, and the f word. Then you look at later movies like the R rated Cat People, Porky's and Tatoo and you wonder what has happened in the last 25 years. As cable, home video, and the internet has made hard core porn pretty easily obtainable, the mpaa has gotten stricter over the silliest things.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Great Performance by Linda Shayne as "Miss Salmon"

    by cookylamoo

    Best boobie bounce of the eighties.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST


    by Marcus Thomas

    Now that I think about it, Blood Beach is probably what you're looking for, although Sand Sharks was about mutated sharks that swam through the sand, attacking people from below on the beach and it had the tagline "Just when you thought you were safe out of the water," an obvious play on Jaws 2's maxim. It totally sucked, tho. oh well...

  • March 22, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Boobie does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    cookylamoo, before declaring the winner of best boobie bounce of the Eighties we ought to make a shortlist. I'd like to nominate Monty Pythons MEANING OF LIFE for its impressive display of bouncing boobies - you know the scene!

  • March 22, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by Marcus Thomas

    yeah, while i've got a fucking huge laundry list of stuff i want to get to at some point, if you guys have suggestions, feel free to email them over (i'll never find them sifting through these talkbacks). i doubt i'll get to them all, but i'm all about finding the hidden gems that are out there & i'd love to share any goodness that you guys share with me.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Cool, frisco! My life changing double feature was "The Fog" and "Phantasm" in 1980!

    by The Reluctant Austinite Check out that TV trailer! I've never been the same. Growing up a block away from a pseudo Southern Grindhouse that was run by my step sister's husband's mom, I got a master's education in weird cinema. I could ride my bike to the theater and see anything I wanted for free. I also was given a bunch of posters they were going to throw away like "At the Earth's Core." I saw stuff like "Race with the Devil," "Silent Scream," "One Dark Night," "Death Stalker," etc. You know, the classics, as well as "Friday the 13th," "Halloween II" and all the more well known stuff as well. I was a movie obsessed tike. I would be happy sitting watching "Norma Rae," "Urban Cowboy," "Scavenger Hunt" (never released on dvd! I talked to Dirk Benedict about this movie a couple of years ago!), "Matilda" (1978) (the strangest boxing kangaroo movie ever made), "No Deposit, No Return," "C.H.O.M.P.S.," any number of outlandish things. I miss those days!

  • March 22, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    The chick in the tent

    by Cassius_Crackhead

    Gawd...I must've filled up a milk jug full of semen to her back in my youth. She was second only to Barbara Crampton's S&M scene in "From Beyond" as the recipient of my adolescent erection affections.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    "I’d have thought it to be a definite scale tipper."

    by shran

    "Scale tipper". HA! Fish people humanoid thingies. HA! I get it. It is funny.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    So this column replaced WTF Hollywood???

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I liked that one.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by The Shropshire Slasher

    If it please the court, I would like to nominate Betsy Russell in Private School. Austinite...those days were awesome! Slithis/Humanoids double feature (tho Slithis blew).

  • And for something as silly as Humanoids from the Deep? Really? It's a fun movie. Is it exploitation? Sure, but it's all just silliness. It's nowhere close to the bizarre awkwardness of the giant maggot rape of Galaxy of Terror. By the way, just ignore the remake. It's actually crappier and literally re-uses whole sequences from the original film.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Thahhtz goohd fish raping thehre!

    by UltraTron

    Doesn't hold a candle to the worm raping from Galaxy of Terror.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Brides of Blood

    by Snookeroo

    A more vintage take on the same premise - Eddie Romero movie from 1968; rampaging monster that resembles a large pile of shit stalks women on a remote island and tears them apart while raping them. The kind of premise that only a movie with a budget of $10,000 can achieve with such glorious incompetence. Lots of gratuitous blood, gore and nudity. Successful enough to merit two sequels.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    One of the great trash movies....

    by BangoSkank

    ...of my childhood. Watching TMC at my grandmothers house.... Good times. Humaniods, Blood Beach, The Boogens, Hell Night, Motel Hell, Forbidden World, Galaxy of Terror, and just about every other 80's Corman horror movie you can think of. (I know those aren't all Corman flicks, but they were in spirit....)

  • March 22, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST



    Uses WAY, too many commas, and in, the wrong spots. Apparently AICN, after Massawyrm left, is getting their 'talent' from the short bus now. Is it really that hard to find people to write for this site that actually have a functional grasp on grammar? BTW: Humanoids from the Deep is BADASS.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Rob Bottin was the humanoids creator & designer

    by quegebo27

    Just FYI.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    What the fuck happened to Rob Bottin?

    by Jaster Mareel

    He was the fucking MAN! Dude did Piranha, The Thing, The Howling and several other seminal effects films....then dissapeared. And he was a young guy too. I think he did The Thing when he was 18 or 19.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    My favorite drive in double feature...

    by eustisclay

    ...was Pet Semetary and Roadhouse. Must've been 1989. Though I have a video projector and a 12 ft outdoor screen and we watched Race with the Devil and Dirty Mary Crazy Larry together. Now those two I would've loved to have seen at the drive in.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by Marcus Thomas

    my bad, man. i apologize, profusely, if my extensive, incorrect, overuse of commas bothers you in any way, shape or form. from this day forward, i promise to cut back on the use of such punctuation devices, severely and to the best of my ability, in an effort to appease not only you, but the masses at large. now, back to my short bus...

  • i havent seen a new WTF HW? article for some time now.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Gore is ok

    by Gore_monkey

    But violence aginst women just dont sit well with me no more

  • March 22, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    the kid who played the kid brother in this...

    by Hipshot

    Brett Costin, I think his name was, bombed out of the movie business but ran an early-morning "est" type breakfast club for industry professionals in Hollywood. Pretty funny guy, interesting group, and a few Hollywood actors actually showed up from time to time. Joseph Bologna. Lorenzo Music, producer of "Rhoda" and the voice of Carlton the doorman, and Garfield the cat. Very funny guy. Anyway, Brett said that he was pokin' Anne Archer who co-starred in "Humanoids" and shacked up with her later. Taking sloppy seconds from a fish seems to lack a certain self-respect, if you know what I mean.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    From this day forward we shall refer to this post as "The Comma Incident,"

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Keep on rockin', Jon Doe. Don't sweat the little bullets. They're like mosquito bites to us Super Geeks. Love your tastes and posts! Reluctantly Yours

  • March 22, 2012, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Bottin did this not Walas.

    by shane peterson

    Walas was still just a kid. I mean so was Bottin but a bit older.

  • March 22, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by DigitalBeachWar

    Fucking funny... just watched this lastnight!!!

  • Great b-movie nearly "great" actors, just never getting material they deserved. Warlords of Atlantis - due a remake!!

  • March 22, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Very good movie and very REAL tits on displayed!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    I remember this as a teen and was amazed with all the nudity/tits that kept coming on the screen! Hell nearly everyone woman was showing her tits and pussy! I LOVED THIS MOVIE!!! It was weird, its was gross and violent, and it had BOOBIES!!!!

  • March 22, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    I love this movie

    by disfigurehead

    I have the movie poster and it was one of the very first VHS tapes I saw waaay back in the day.

  • March 22, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    re: "Ever have those moments where you get the urge...

    by buggerbugger watch a film chocked full of gratuitous scenes of sex & nudity, gruesome acts of violent murder and the raping and pillaging of innocent women?" Moments? Uh... sure. Moments.

  • March 22, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Yeah, modern MPAA are pussies

    by Rob Jenson

    Modern times in general are tame and wussified. In the 80s we did it the way shit should be done. Tits, blood, f-bombs, all in a day's work, might not even get an R rating. We took it in stride back then. Kids these days are wimps. Wimps, I tells ya! Not their fault. The moms have gotten insane. Soon kids won't know what band-aids are because their moms won't let them get cuts. I saw R-rated movies all the time back then with my dad. Sometimes I even went by myself, and they never asked for my ID. I feel old.

  • March 22, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    The Nanny State has killed stupid fun shit like this...

    by conspiracy

    make a film like this and some fucking nutjob congressman or crusading media hungry lawyer will claim it is responsible for kids raping each other with fish...probably spend a few hundred million to get a law against Ichthyasodomy in the books.

  • March 22, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    This movie..

    by Josh

    OWNS. I watched it again a month ago. Classic film. Not really all that violent. But it is funny as fuck.

  • ...the world was a better place before the government convinced Joe and Jane Six Pack that there was a sexual predator on every corner, your kid needed a helmet to walk down your stairs, video games lead to mass murder and should be rated and controlled, and your neighbor was a potential terrorist. That the grass may is greener may often not be true...but in this case it is.

  • March 22, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    A google search says Rob Bottin is now working in...

    by v3d

    Real Estate. I posted this a while back when there was some The Thing news. I have no idea if it's true. But special effects makeup work for film can be a real grind. Tight schedules, night shoots, egos, toxic materials. I know of a studio that had a higher than average incidence in brain cancers. There's a lot of reasons NOT to do it. Who knows for sure. I'd like someone in the know to post a definitive answer.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by Marcus Thomas

    trust me, i am not Omar Kelly.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I remember being freaked out by blood beach.

    by UltraTron

    Just imagining what that thing looked like under the sand.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Here comes my Monster Squad reference of the day: ”I dig it man.”

    by Anthony Renfro Funny thing. Talked about this movie myself recently. This is real B-Movie goodness via Roger Corman. Boobs, monster fish, gore, mayhem = priceless.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    WHy don't they make movies now with awesome titles?

    by Kill List Hammertime

    You just know if they made it know it'd be called DEATH WATER or something equally crap.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    One of the great...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...exploitation movies of all time. And it has a banging soundtrack by James Horner. Corman paid for the soundtracks for this and Battle Beyond the Stars and reused the music so very, very many times. Gotta' love Mr. Corman.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Plus it hits...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...all the great exploitation themes...environmentalism, bigotry, sexism, addressing them all with a frown and a shrug. And what about that dummy? His eyes keep moving even after the ventriloquist was gone. By the way, they just added this to Netflix streaming and it looks like they used the Japanese release (on-screen title is Monster, not Humanoids From the Deep).

  • March 22, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Gotta penchant for this kinda shit....

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

    Saw this quite a few years ago on Sci-Fi I think - laughed my ass off. Couldn't believe the gore/nudity. Remember Blood Beach too. An inspiration for Tremors? Pretty sure I've seen a remake of HftD on a DVD shelf in HMV! Really miss this kinda stuff getting released. I agree that today everything is getting pussified. Might as well just 'chill'

  • March 22, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Yep, they remade it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

  • March 22, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST

    And that cover looks like an ad for Nurofen

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

  • March 22, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    What did happen to WTF? Hollywood?

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

  • March 22, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    You forgot to mention Horner

    by Keith

    Yes, eventually the guy would collapse into self-parody, but his very early scores on movies like this (along with Battle Beyond the Stars) were miles better than they had a right to be at this level of budget. That's why he was picked to score Wrath of Khan.

  • ...but I love 'em all.

  • March 22, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Monster:Humanoids from the Deep. I've seen it called that too

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

  • March 22, 2012, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Monstruous piece of shit

    by Cracklite

    Saw it an our ago, maybe the make up sfx are worth saving, but the director is clueless when it comes to shooting the creatures, no sense of suspense, no real characters to speak off, just an ugly and dumb as shit movie. Utter crap, nothing to salvage, just saying.

  • March 22, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Wow don't we give Asian's shit for animating things like this

    by Phategod2

    But hey I'll check it out. WTF.

  • March 22, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Ok Jon Doe. Much better. Awesome flick.

    by adeceasedfan

    You really stepped it up from the I Come in Peace piece. Although I'm keeping my distance just because of your association with the overposting Kidd. Not sure about that boy.

  • March 22, 2012, 8:40 p.m. CST

    This movie was directed by a woman.

    by SnootyBoots

  • March 22, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    This movie defines the term, "guilty pleasure"...

    by proton45

    I remember watching this movie on Cinemax, way back in the day. As an adolescent I found it a confusing, & stimulating...assault on my senses. A mix of gore, boobs, tension, nudity, blood & guts, and horrible assaults on innocent females. I'm probably over thinking this

  • March 22, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Scared the HELL out of me at 8 . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . finally saw it again at 13 and had a blast watching it. Man that chick in the tent . . . perfection . . .

  • March 22, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I distinctly remember reading

    by RoarsLoudly

    Rob Bottin worked as the designer of the creatures.

  • March 22, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Mutant rape fish...FUCK YEAH!!!

    by elgato73

    And do they ever RAPE!!!

  • March 22, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    My wife's grandfather was on the crew for Blood Beach

    by Turingtestee

    Haven't seen that since I was a kid.

  • March 22, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Rob Bottin

    by Munro Kelly

    Rob Bottin designed and created the creatures, he also acted in one of the suits. Chris Walas was an uncredited member of Rob's crew.

  • March 22, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by Munro Kelly

    Gale Anne Hurd was a production assistant on this.

  • March 23, 2012, 12:35 a.m. CST

    No Way they call it Death Water

    by Vitruvian_Man

    @jaygarnham. Today it would be called "Death Water Rising"! Damn but we could name em back in the day.

  • March 23, 2012, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Breast scene of the 80s (bouncing)

    by fabiodeniro

    cobra--kai, let's not forget Phoebe Cates in Fast Times. Subtle bounce. Kind of iconic because Judge Reinhold actually made masturbation normal in that scene, much to the relief of guilt stricken teenage boys. Then compounded their fears when she caught him. She should have been nominated for an Oscar for her reaction.

  • March 23, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Saw it at the theatre...original release.

    by MagicJesus

    My friend and I smoked a bowl of opiumated hash out back, then went in and sat through a double feature of this movie, and Altered was, and will forever be, the greatest cinematic experience of my life. The end.

  • March 23, 2012, 1:12 a.m. CST

    The Humanoids were tit men...err Humanoids

    by MagicJesus

    because the scene I remember best is the noid coming out of the surf, and BEFORE he got it in, he ripped off the bikini top and got both fish claws full of tit.

  • March 23, 2012, 4:36 a.m. CST

    The writer

    by Connor225 The Roger Corman blog interviews the writer. Check it.

  • Fish on Fish. (Get it?)

  • March 23, 2012, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Movie was awesomely bad

    by RG

  • March 23, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Late night HBO staple - offered brief glimpses of full bush

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    After pausing the VCR to watch certain scenes over and over again (in particular the girl who's attacked on the beach) I can confirm this film offers a nice 1-2 second bush shot. Full bush was very important to a young man's formative years in the days before the internet..... Ah....youth.....

  • March 23, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Saw this was listed on Netflix a few weeks ago

    by t_allen

    and sat down to watch it with my wife. She didn't know why I was happy to see it. My wife usually hates some of the stuff I watch but pretty much laughed through the entire movie. Good times!

  • March 23, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Twas a different time. Fish-rape was nothing special back then.

    by tradeskilz

  • March 23, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST



    Apology accepted. Now get to work on improving those grammar skills if you're going to continue writing for public consumption.

  • March 23, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    there's an escaped fish! *wink wink*

    by al

  • March 23, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Best moment in a tent pre-coitus!

    by ZodNotGod

    The scene in the tent, when the fish man attacks, the Ventroliquist dummy does a double-take all by itself.... BEST MOVIE EVER!

  • March 23, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Would hate to be teen now....everything is out in the open...

    by ZodNotGod

    there's no fun in that...

  • March 23, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST



    You're right, there's no need to be an asshole...but there's no harm in it either. Anyone who gets paid to write for a site (or if not paid, anyone who puts their writing up for public consumption) should be ready for the fact that if they show a neophyte grasp of basic grammar they are probably going to get some assholery sent their way. I would hope that it makes the writer a little more conscientious of their product and serves to spur some incremental improvement in them. Let's just say it's one asshole's way of trying to slow down the 'dumbing down' process. I would expect anyone who writes for this site to possess the following: 1. A functional grasp of written grammar 2. A thick enough skin to take sarcasm and snipe when directed at them for not displaying a functional grasp of written grammar And no it doesn't make me feel better to shit on people. That's not my fetish. It does, however, make me feel better to use sarcasm in leveling a reasonable criticism at the writer of the article and the site that hosts it. And before you whip out the old chestnut of 'If you don't like it then leave' understand that I *do* like it. I love this site, and have been a regular reader since (almost) the first day. I love the fact that there is a healthy and vigorous talkback forum and I love the fact that there is an opportunity for people to air their opinions about all aspects of the site from content to delivery.

  • March 23, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST


    by Nice Marmot

    Do you remember the guy w/ dummy's awesome line? "You wanna see my wood pecker?" And her response? "Will I get splinters?" And, as I already posted, she had such a nice set. Just perfect . . .

  • March 23, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Wow (Fish Rape) so that how Aquaman came to be!

    by Brian hurtado

  • March 23, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Sweet Humaniod lovin; sure but will he call her the next day? Doubt it!

    by Brian hurtado

  • March 23, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Blah bla blah bla blah Grammar, Blah bla blah bla..

    by Brian hurtado

    Shut up, and go write a book egghead! Oh by the way did i use those commas correctly?

  • March 23, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    nice marmot

    by ZodNotGod

    HA! Perfect. What's not to love about that movie! And then the very next moment has the guy cut open and the woman raped by the Polanski-like Fish dude!

  • March 23, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Kentucky Fried Movie ruled 1970's boob bouncing.

    by cookylamoo

  • March 23, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Anyone have a link for BLOOD BEACH or THE BOOGENS?

    by ZodNotGod

    Add them to my collection of trash....any help would be greatly cherished!

  • March 23, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Send a link to my email if its no trouble...thanky!

    by ZodNotGod

  • March 23, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Hell yeah, cookylamoo . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    Boobs pressed on that shower door right in your face. Amazon Women on the Moon brought a massive set, too. I think Jimmy Olsen was in that sketch . . .

  • March 23, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    @spewbacca & wiseblood

    by Marcus Thomas

    @spewbacca thanks for the defense. it feels good to know that there's people out there who like what i'm doing enough to stand behind me in a potentially hostile situation. this being my second post, i'm really feeling the newfound love that i've been getting from 97.63% of you guys here in the ain't it cool news-iverse. that being said... @wiseblood i don't mind the criticism, especially when it is delivered in sarcasm. i'm a huge fan of the tone & i've got the thick skin to take it. if you throw one at me, i'm of the type that'll throw it right back atcha. not only is it enlightening, but the blunt of it is in fun and games. if i fuck up, call me out. just don't take my comebacks to heart, either. at the core, i'm a nice guy and more than likely, anything i say is just me having a good time. know that any criticisms found within the context of our rants and raves will be taken seriously as i strive, daily, to be better at everything it is that i do.

  • March 23, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST



    I'm glad you took it as intended, which is as a sarcastic comment. In fairness though I *should* have also included the fact that I found your article to be, well, pretty awesome and dead on. I definitely look forward to more of your stuff.

  • March 23, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    The Boogens ran on . . . IFC? . . . a few times a year or so ago

    by Turingtestee

  • March 23, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Deleted scenes

    by ABasketOfPups

    There are several deleted scenes on the blu-ray, and I assume the DVD, with yet even more real boobies. Ahh, the good old days...

  • March 23, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    I remember when a PG rating still showed boob...

    by diseptikon

    ah the good ole days....

  • March 24, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Humanoids know surface girls are easy (And smell like tuna)

    by leo54304

  • March 25, 2012, 12:20 a.m. CST

    the reluctant austinite

    by gotilk

    Man that sounds like a great childhood. Takes me back. I remember seeing Phantasm in a little former military base theater for the first time, similar situation as yours. Except the owner felt bad taking my money when I was buying candy and popcorn, watching movies almost every day. So he'd just wave me in instead of taking my money. I'd sit and listen to him talk about movies for hours. Cool guy. Good times, those. I try not to be nostalgic, but when you had experiences like those, it's hard not to be sometimes.

  • March 29, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    This sounds like a terrible version of The Shadow Over Innsmouth

    by Charles Calthrop

    Although I would like to see a decent R-rated adaptation of that story. I read that the Japanese version was pretty good.