In an attempt to create a new weapon, the military accidently creates a new species that will soon wreak havoc in a small coast town. When a fisherman's daughter is kidnapped by one of these creatures, he and her new boyfriend start investigating the events and find out that they only kill the men - they keep the women for mating.
When I, in excitement, finally ordered "Humanoids From the Deep" because I found it for just a few bucks I actually got my hands on the 1996 TV remake, not the original monster sleaze film. It took me a little while to understand that I had gotten the wrong movie, but the first clue was that this didn't seem like a film people would love. And there was also no sleaze to be found. Not a single boob! That's when I understood something was wrong, and a quick internet search helped me figure out the problem.
Since this is a remake, and both are produced by Roger Corman, the plot is basically the same. An experiment goes wrong, creatures rise from the sea, a small town is terrorized. I think this one attempted giving us a more engaging story, though. The search for the fisherman's daughter quickly becomes the main plot for the film and we follow the fisherman and the daughter's boyfriend as they try to kill these monsters. And that's when they discover that the women are actually not killed off, but kidnapped and brought to their nest, of sorts. And they do that because they want to mate with them.
Okay, so the biggest difference between these two movies is right there. In this safe, TV remake, the creatures want to mate with women. In the original, they rape them. Do you see the difference? Because I do. The end result might be the same, that they'll give birth to a mutated fish, but the way of doing it is very different. Creature rapists are a 100 times more entertaining than creatures just kidnapping girls. The women are kept in some big slimey bubble or whatever, and I'm not sure why that is, but who cares?
To be honest, though, I didn't hate this remake. I can actually say that it was fun. It feels more like a "Jaws" rip-off then the original did. Actually, oddly enough it feels like a rip-off of "Jaws" rip-offs, if that makes sense? What I mean is that most of those rip-offs have a certain feel to them. They all want to achieve the adventurous spirit that "Jaws" had, and of course the tension, but just end up being another stupid boat movie with a creature in it. So while this remake might not rip-off "Jaws" directly, it does seem to share a lot of things with the films that did.
Okay, so this one has no nudity. At all. But at least there is some gore in it. Sure, not as much and not as fun as the original, but I think it could've been a lot worse in that area as well. I can't hate the movie when it has okay looking creatures and some amount of gore. It's just hard. The story is never what we care about in these films anyway. So I am actually proud of myself when I say that this is a remake I didn't mind watching. But also, a 1996 remake is WAY different than a 2012 remake.
You should most definitely watch the original "Humanoids From the Deep" before you watch this one, but if you mess up the way I did and get this one first then it's not the end of the world. And if you've already seen the original and want more amphibian horror, then give this one a shot. It's far from what the classic is as it's not sleazy and doesn't contain the excellent mass slaughter towards the end, but I have endured a lot of shitty monster films and have gained a high tolerance for them - as long as they have decent looking monsters with enough screen time, I'm happy. This made-for-TV remake of "Humanoids From the Deep" is alright. Even more stupid then the original, though.