ATTENTION HORRORFIENDS! New Episode of Hidden Horrors to get your “Space Horror” fix this weekend.

in honor of Alien Covenant out this weekend, Here is a NEW episode of Hidden Horrors where Yours Truly sheds some light on a little known Nightmarish Space Horror from the early 80s.
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HIDDEN HORROR – Up from the Depths

 

Up from the DepthsIn the summer of 1975, one of the greatest horror films ever made was released, and it made an entire generation afraid to go into the water.

The following decade saw a tremendous amount of imitators, from Orca, to The Jaws of Death, to Great White, to Shark, to even a scene-for-scene knock-off with a grizzly bear called Grizzly, but nobody has been able to emulate this 40-year-old film that is still setting standards today.

The film in question is Jaws, and no other creature feature has ever come close to replicating the brilliance that made film critics (arguably) coin the term “blockbuster” and catapult a film director into one of today’s most reputable filmmakers.

But it is films like this that make the more horror-savvy explorer dive deeper for sunken treasures, only to find other films following the tried formula that made Jaws a success, and one of those films happens to be the hidden horror known as Up from the Depths.

Set in a Hawaiian tourism resort on the beaches of Mahu, Up from the Depths begins with a diving expedition gone awry, after our creature devours its first victim in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it inaugural ingestion. This sets the mood for future scenes that all consist of quick flashes and over-the-top utilization of red food dye in the water. The creature itself barely gets any screen time.

Meanwhile, safe on terra firma, cumbersome resort manager Mr. Forbes is struggling to keep his guests pleased after a series of unrelated events. But when the real problem arises, and several body parts keep sweeping ashore, Mr. Forbes puts a price on the creature’s head that compels the locals and tourists to arm up and hunt the beast.

Up from the Depths has everything that makes a poorly labored film: terrible acting, poorly-written dialogue, bad dubbing, and some of the worst editing ever put together on the cutting room floor.

So what makes this film worth watching? It is possibly one of the greatest partnerships between unintentional and intentional comedy ever put to celluloid. I stress the latter form of comedy, as this film is no doubt a spoof of the subgenre. It’s as if Troma had produced Jaws, and this was the outcome – sans the gratuitous nudity and over-the-top violence.

Perhaps this film is a hidden horror for the bad rap it receives on Internet message boards and forums, not to mention the 2.5 star IMDb rating and the seven per cent rating on the Tomatometer, yet Up from the Depths is still a fun watch for anybody looking for a fun-in-the-sun horror film on the next rainy day.

– Matthew McPhee

 

 

HIDDEN HORROR- Humanoids From The Deep

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Loved by horror fans but obscure to the general public. This is one of my favorite “summer” horror films and probably my favorite 80’s monster movie. “Humanoids From The Deep” a.k.a. “Monster.” I seriously love this little 80’s Roger Corman monster movie to death. Imagine “Creature from the Black Lagoon” but at the beach and there’s more than one of them. Put in a very 50’s premise, they came to kill man and mate with women, give it a cool early 80’s style, put in a shitload of splatter and tits and Voila! “Humanoids From the Deep,” it’s freaking Awesome!

– James J. Coker