Humanoids From The Deep (1996) (DVD review).

In many respects, ‘Humanoids From The Deep’ is a cross between ‘Jaws’ and ‘Aliens’, keeping the sea but placed on modern day Earth. Well, that of 1996 that is. Humans genetically blended with salmon DNA are genetic monsters who escape the military and are mutated further by some biohazard material. They also have a taste for human flesh and a desire to breed with women to make more of their species. The hybrids are essentially bulletproof and only crossbow bolts and fire seems to be effective in stopping them.


Of course, the people of a seaside town don’t know this and it only slowly dawns on them as people go missing in the water and any survivors are not believed that there are monsters out there. The humans have an odd idea about skinny-dipping in the ocean at night. Even when scientist Dr. Drake (actress Emma Samms) shames the military on a TV news broadcast into acting, they tend to ignore the pleas of the locals to let them rescue the women who have been abducted first. Should I tell more or declare less saves spoilers? The plot might be a tad predictable, even with the sting ending, but it is at least watchable.

I picked this one up primarily because of ‘Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen And Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King Of The B Movie’ book and was curious about the remake he produced. Now who isn’t a fan of his work? The hybrids are effective by not seeing too much of them and made scary because of them. It’s a shame that the birth scene is let down by the slow reaction of the extras.

It says at the end that no animal or humanoid was hurt in this film so they hybrids are still out there so keep that firelighter and burning bolt crossbow handy and avoid skinny-dipping at night. Y’know, just in case.

GF Willmetts

May 2016

(region 0 DVD: pub: Addictive Films. 90 minute film with trailer. Price: about £1.50 (UK) if you know where to look. ASIN: DDDV7000)

cast: Emma Samms, Robert Carradine, Mark Rolston, Justin Walker and Clint Howard

check out website: www.addictive.ch/addictive_films/Addictive_Films,_commercial_corporate_movie_Film_Werbung.html


Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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