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Release Date:
9 November 1976 (USA) See more »
Guaranteed to get you back into the water
A killer nympho mermaid with an oral fixation prowls the ocean waters, devouring - up to a point - any man unlucky enough to be swimming naked. | Add synopsis »
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Brother Theodore ... Captain Carl Clitoris
Terri Hall ... Mermaid

Robert Kerman ... Dr. Sy Smegma (as Richard Lair)
Jody Maxwell ... Miss Mayhem
Crystal Sync ... Dora Coxswain (as Rachel McCallister)
Paul Styles ... Sheriff Rooster Coxswain
Ian Morley ... Mayor Ike White
Mark Carvel ... Father Tim/Father Kevin (as Marc Carvel)

Zack Norman ... Norm Gingold
Edward Krane ... Lance Sterling (as Ed Krane)
Ras Kean ... Deputy Dick
Michael Sullivan ... The Secret Weapon
Steve Kraus ... Brother Sam
Leroy ... Stable Inspector
Rick ... Paper Boy
Steve Corney ... Solitary Swimmer

Directed by
Robert J. Kaplan 
Writing credits
Paul E. Cohen (original screenplay) (as Paul Cohen) and
Robert J. Kaplan (original screenplay) and
Sam Cohen (original screenplay)

Produced by
Paul E. Cohen .... executive producer (as Paul Cohen)
Sam Cohen .... associate producer
Robert J. Kaplan .... producer
Isaac Roberts .... producer
Original Music by
Brad Fiedel 
Cinematography by
Eric Shiozaki (director of photography)
Art Direction by
Michael Sullivan 
Makeup Department
Joan Puma .... makeup artist
Production Management
Michael D. Pariser .... assistant production manager (as Michael Pariser)
Robert Taicher .... unit manager: Florida
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon Brown .... assistant director
Art Department
Peter Bramley .... scenic art
Sound Department
The Doj .... boom man
Suzanne Fenn .... sound editor
Albee Gordon .... sound recorder
Al Gramaglia .... sound mixer
Alice Miller .... associate sound editor
Tom Rhodes .... underwater stuntman
Camera and Electrical Department
Go-Go Gomez .... still photographer
Maris H. Jansons .... assistant camera (as Maris Jansen)
Maris H. Jansons .... second camera operator (as Maris Jansen)
Big John .... underwater photographer: New York
Mike Kantrowitz .... key grip (as Michael Kantrowitz)
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater photographer: Florida (as Jordan Klein)
John Kraus .... best boy
James McCalmont .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Sampson .... wardrobe designer
Music Department
Brad Friedel .... arranger: original score
Brad Friedel .... producer: original score
Haydn Harris .... recording engineer: original score
Joe Venneri .... arranger: production music
Joe Venneri .... producer: production music
Joe Venneri .... recording engineer: production music
Other crew
Richard Danziger .... production assistant
Michael Poulous .... master puppeteer
Michael Poulous .... puppet creator
Fay Shiowitz .... assistant to producer
Marsha Smith .... gallery 10
Squeaky .... script supervisor
Joel Tuber .... production secretary
Nancy Wood-Tuber .... assistant production secretary (as Nancy Wood)
Crew believed to be complete

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Actor Paul Styles' character "Sheriff Rooster Cockswain" (the correct spelling) is a takeoff on the John Wayne character name "Rooster Cogburn".See more »
Miscellaneous: The film's on-screen credits list actor Paul Styles' character as being "Sheriff Rooster Coxswain". In fact, the character's name is "Sheriff Rooster Cockswain" (spelled that way) as seen written on the back of the character's jacket.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Hilariously Vulgar Parody of JAWS, 6 May 2005
Author: InvasionofPALs from Georgia

I bought a copy of this long out-of-print movie on the old Adult Video Corporation (AVC) label for a tidy sum just to get a hold of it un-censored. The box and tape were still in very nice condition despite being manufactured long ago (in 1979).

I watched GUMS right after receiving it in the mail and was "treated" to a insane parody of JAWS featuring horny puppets, a Mermaid who blows men to death (and in one case sticks her head out of a toilet) and a Nazi lunatic played by Brother Theodore who volunteers to capture the Mermaid for oil wells instead of money. Theodore has the "Captain Quint" role in this exercise in sea-going vulgarity. Richard Bolla looks a lot like Richard Dreyfuss and carries around a blonde blow-up doll for amusement. You must see this movie to disbelieve it. Lots of underwater photography of the naked mermaid (Terri Hall) swimming around, but watch out for those lust-mad puppets! Long-delayed edit here: The 'AVC' version of the movie does not have the cartoony stuff obscuring the h/c action, of which there really isn't much of.

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