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Release Date:
11 June 1982 (USA) See more »
It's loose... It's angry... And it's getting hungry! See more »
Woman is raped at cocktail party. Years later, her son grows up to be a big hairy murderous monster... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Janet Julian ... Sandy Ralston
David Wallace ... Eric Simmons

John Wildman ... Nick Simmons
Janit Baldwin ... Carla Simmons
Joy Boushel ... Donna Blake
Layne Coleman ... Bert Defoe (as Lane Coleman)
Shay Garner ... Ida Parsons
Page Fletcher ... Tom Rice
John McFadyen ... Ed Parsons
Garry Robbins ... Ida's Son
Mary Sullivan ... Teenage Ida

Directed by
Paul Lynch 
Writing credits
William Gray (screenplay)

Produced by
Anthony Kramreither .... producer
Michael Stevenson .... executive producer (as Michael M. Stevenson)
Original Music by
John Mills-Cockell  (as John Mills Cockell)
Cinematography by
Brian R.R. Hebb 
Film Editing by
Nick Rotundo 
Casting by
Lucinda Sill 
Art Direction by
Barbara Dunphy 
Carol Spier 
Makeup Department
Thomas Booth .... hair stylist (as Tom Booth)
Brenda Kirk .... special makeup effects artist
Karl Klinck .... assistant hair stylist
Lee Lanham .... assistant makeup artist
Louise Mignault .... makeup artist
Maureen Sweeney .... special makeup effects artist: humongous head (as Maureen Sweeney Donati)
Production Management
Nicholas J. Gray .... production manager (as Nick J. Gray)
Gwen Iveson .... supervising production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David McLeod .... second assistant director (as David MacLeod)
Bruce Moriarty .... second assistant director (as Bruce Moriarty)
Ray Sager .... assistant director
Art Department
John Board .... property master
Daniel R. Bradette .... assistant art director (as Daniel Bradette)
Inger Ellersen .... assistant set dresser
Christine MacLean .... set dresser (as Chris MacLean)
Tom Reid .... assistant props
Jim Taylor .... carpenter
Hugh Walker .... head carpenter
Robert White .... carpenter
William J. White .... construction coordinator
Lucinda Zak .... scenic artist (as Lucinda Zac)
Franc Reyes .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Elius Caruso .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Heeren .... post sync dialogue
Gerry King .... sound recordist (as Gerald King)
Carol McBride .... boom operator
Peter McBurnie .... post sync effects
Marta Nielsen .... assistant sound editor
Nick Rotundo .... sound editor
Peter Thillaye .... sound editor
Tony van den Akker .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Martin Malivoire .... special effects
Gordon J. Smith .... special effects (as Gordon Smith)
Danielle Fleury .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Neil Trifunovich .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Sandy Webb .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Binnington .... second assistant camera (as Andy Binnington)
Daniel Hainey .... electrician (as Dan Hainey)
Bill Heintz .... key grip
John Herzog .... lighting director
Ron Hewitt .... clapper loader
Hugh McLean .... electrician
David Pamplin .... first grip
John Phillips .... still photographer
John Phillips .... title photographer
Joe Sutherland .... best boy
David Towers .... first assistant camera
Reynald Trudel .... second grip (as Reynald Trudell)
John Wilson .... generator operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne Armit .... wardrobe assistant (as Ann Armit)
Barbara Blake .... wardrobe assistant
Granada Venné .... wardrobe mistress (as Granada Venne)
Music Department
Bob Federer .... music engineer
Transportation Department
Rick Parker .... transportation captain
Richard Quinlan .... driver (as Rick Quinlan)
Chris Terry .... driver
Other crew
Tannis C. Baker .... continuity (as Tannis Baker)
Roman Buchok .... production assistant
Dennis Chapman .... production assistant
Marc Conway .... animal trainer
Edwina Follows .... trainee
Angela Gruenthal .... production coordinator
Robert Hannah .... permit coordinator (as R.L. 'Bobby' Hannah)
Travor Haws .... assistant to producer (as Trevor Haws)
Paul Lynch .... title designer
Michael MacDonald .... unit location manager
Marr Morgan .... production accountant
Mary Sullivan .... trainee

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Also Known As:
"Dog Island" - Belgium (English title) (video title)
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94 min | USA:97 min
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Released in Sweden as "Dog Island."See more »
Factual errors: When the dog pen is shown with the skeletons of the dogs, while one skull does belong to a dog, the close up shows a skull of an herbivore like a deer.See more »
Nick Simmons:You just blew it Donna! This was your last chance at this bed; an historic occasion.
Donna Blake:Yeah right, Nick. Everything with you is an historic occasion.
Nick Simmons:Well, maybe you'd have come. That would have been an historic occasion.
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References Anthropophagus (1980)See more »
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
One of the better slashers of the 1980s, 5 June 2003
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

This Canadian slasher is definitely one of the better slashers of the 1980s and is unjustifiably panned by everyone. When HUMONGOUS was released the biggest criticism against it was how predictable or derivative it was and it was dismissed as being just another slasher. Yes, there's a very familiar feel to the story-line but most slashers are basically the same movie done over and over again so I don't see this necessarily as a bad thing. But the fact is HUMONGOUS actually tries to be different and in some ways, it succeeds in being different. HUMONGOUS is more the unofficial companion and has more in common to that other Canadian horror film, RITUALS, than to HALLOWEEN or Friday THE 13Th. Both HUMONGOUS and RITUALS have almost the same kind of deformed killer who lives in the backwoods. The killer remains unseen until the very end. And there's an obvious Canadian feel to both films.

The beginning of HUMONGOUS is brutal and sets up the familiar story-line of a gruesome incident which happened in the past that will affect a subsequent generation. In this case, the film starts in the 1940s. After a woman from a rich family is raped, she decides to live in seclusion on an isolated island where she gives birth to a deformed kid. Flash forward 40 years and we see a bunch of horny young adults who were vacationing on another island and as they're heading back to the mainland on their boat they crash on the island where the woman lived after one of the passengers, Nick the hotheaded brother, takes control of the boat and rams it into rocky shore. Everyone leaves the burning boat and they all have to go to the island and the rest of the story is basically about the group surviving on the spooky island where there's a monster killing them one by one.

The atmosphere is very good and the cinematography is actually good too. Some interesting camera positions. But like many have mentioned already, many scenes during the night are EXTREMELY dark and it's difficult at times to know exactly what's going on. I set up my TV's brightness level to the max and the image was improved greatly but there were still some moments were I didn't see anything at all. As annoying as the dark scenes were, I believe this was done deliberately, not because the film is a low budget movie and they couldn't afford lighting but because that's what the director wanted. The darkness was at times carried to an extreme which can only be attributed to a director's decision and not some low production value. With that said, I personally find it fascinating that so much happens in the dark. The darkness is stylised. Notice when the monster crashes through the door or when the boathouse catches fire, how the brightness of those scenes create a shock. I think the director wanted to shock people with light by having most of the action happen in so much darkness. In a movie theater, after watching scenes that happen mostly in the dark, a quick shot of a bright image creates tension and actually hurts the eyes. It's like when you wake up in the morning and how the bright lights outside the windows hurt your eyes. Well, that's what Paul Lynch tried to recreate here by having so much of the action take place in near total darkness. The monster's appearances during those brief scenes of brightness must have been startling in a dark theater.

The acting is mostly serviceable but the last three survivors, Janit Baldwin (the girl with the glasses), David Wallace (the blond guy) and Janet Julian (the last girl) are much better than your average slasher actor. The gore is limited and in a way it's unfortunate. I'm not a gorehound but I thought the film needed a bit more blood to be that much more creepy. The biggest weakness of HUMONGOUS (aside from the extreme darkness) is the score. There's almost no music. When the film starts getting scary it's no coincidence that it coincides with the moment when the score finally makes its presence felt. The jazzy music during the opening and closing credits didn't belong in this kind of film though. And the story itself is actually interesting and there's an underlying lurid aspect about it that's fascinating. Dogs are a major part of the underlying story and something tells me they have more to do than meets the eye.

Anyway, I personally like HUMONGOUS. The poster is cool and I really like the title. As a real horror film, it's definitely more successful than Lynch's other horror opus, PROM NIGHT, and a good portion of other slashers made in the same period and those made today, like I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, which was obviously inspired by this film.

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