‘They’re not human. But they hunt women. Not for killing. For mating.’
The movie was originally offered to Joe Dante (Piranha, The Howling) but he turned the project down. Barbara Peeters took the job instead, and shooting commenced in October 1979. Peeter’s version of the film was deemed to be lacking the required exploitation elements needed to satisfy the movie’s intended audience. Second unit director James Sbardellati, who would eventually direct Deathstalker, was brought in to spice up the movie, and it was he who was reportedly responsible for filming the nudity and gore scenes.
Several people who went on to bigger things worked on the film, including composer James Horner, make-up artist Rob Bottin (who designed the humanoid costumes), editor Mark Goldblatt, and future producer Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens, The Walking Dead TV series) who worked as a production assistant. The actress who portrays the Salmon Queen (Linda Shayne) later became a film director.
In 1996, a remake of Humanoids from the Deep was produced for Showtime cable TV by Corman’s production company, Concorde-New Horizons, starring Robert Carradine and Emma Samms. Although it included some special effects footage from the original version, the sex and gore aspects — the very elements that had distinguished the first film — were toned down for TV and it was not a success among fans or critics.
“ … a fast-paced and energetic camp classic that should please horror and sleaze fans with its graphic gore, abundant female nudity, and sardonic humor. The creepy humanoid costumes were designed by makeup legend Rob Bottin (The Howling, Legend). They look pretty slimy and cool, especially for such a low-budget film, and in fact the production crew only had three of them!’ GoArticles.com
- New high-definition transfer of the Uncut international version presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1)
- Never-before-seen deleted scenes
- Trailer, TV and radio spots
- Leonard Maltin’s interviews with Roger Corman on the making of the film
- The Making of Humanoids from the Deep,” featuring new interviews with composer James Horner, second unit/assistant director James Sbardellati, editor Mark Goldblatt
“Whatever Peeters’ vision might have been, it’s inarguable that the grotesque and silly “assaulted by sea creatures” moments make this movie, elevating it from talky pseudo-sci-fi yawner to something akin to exploitation classic.” Tom Becker, DVD Verdict
“Humanoids from the Deep has everything that I like about horror movies. There is a decent story, cute girls get naked, gory monster attacks abound (especially during the chaotic finale), and the cast consists of a number of name actors spouting off cheesy lines.” The Video Graveyard
“Finally, lets not forget the effects by the soon-to-be-legendary Rob Bottin. While they may just be creatures in rubber suits, they’re impressive looking rubber suits for a low budget flick. The attacks that take place also have some decent makeup effects.” Horror Digital
Footage from Humanoids from the Deep was recycled during the monster-filled opening credits sequence for Jim Wynorski’s Not of This Earth (1988).