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Genres: Horror , Sci-Fi
Actors: Doug McClure , Ann Turkel , Vic Morrow , Cindy Weintraub , Anthony Pena , Denise Galik , Lynn Theel , Meegan King , Breck Costin , Hoke Howell , Don Maxwell , David Strassman , Greg Travis , Linda Shayne , Lisa Glaser
Director: Barbara Peeters
Country: United States
Year: 1980
IMDB Rating: 5.5/10 (3069 votes)

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

Film Review

It seems the small town of is experiencing several weird events. First, there is something unusual happening to the fish of the coast. They are strangely in smaller schools than ever before. Then, dogs begin to disappear, and are found later ripped to shreds. When the town gets together to hold their annual harvest, a scientist for town's cannery, Dr. Susan Drake, (Ann Turkel) announces that she can make their catch bigger than ever before with the introduction of genetically introduced fish to the environment. Her boss, Hank Slattery, (Vic Morrow) enthusiastically shares her point of view. The next day, several teens in the town disappear. Townsman Jim Hill, (Doug McClure) has had it, and he decides to investigate the occurrences. After news carries of more attacks, Dr. Drake becomes concerned that the creatures responsible for the attacks are the mutated offspring of failed tests her company held earlier. With this bit of knowledge, they head out to stop the creatures from matin…

Yes, I know the basics of the plot as I did see it a couple of times when I was younger, however the thing I remember most about this movie is the ending as it was a nice little shocker. The movie has this creatures rising from the ocean to do a little killing and to try and find themselves some nice girlfriends. I can not really tell you what they looked like, as it has been that long since I saw it, but I thought they were cool as a kid. If I saw them now I would probably bemoan how horrible they looked, but I have to review this in the frame of mind when I watched it then as I do not recall ever seeing this one on DVD and it certainly has not played on any television station in a good while. The movie is also very short and wraps up very quickly I do not even remember if they killed the monsters or not. Still, I remember a couple of kills and it had monsters and that quite frankly was all it took to entertain me back then. That and it had that really wicked ending.

I was actually introduced to Roger Corman films thru the wonderful show, MST 3000. I was 14 when this movie came out in 1980, and it was a big hit for me and my friends! If you have seen it, you know why it would appeal to teenage boys! I hadn't seen it in 15-20 years until I caught it on TV recently. I have one question. Without giving anything away, do people in the Great Northwest actually pronounce the "L" in Salmon? Like "sal-mon?" If you remember the KFSH deejay, then you know what I am talking about.I gave the movie 6 stars because I am now 40 years old and ,well, its a little cheesy to me now. However, if I were to rate this flick as a 14 year old high school freshman, it would definitely get 10 stars! Love those string bikinis!!!A little Corman every now and then never hurt anyone. At least not on purpose….. PEACE!

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