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Humongous (1982)

The monstrous offspring of a violent crime grows up in seclusion on a remote island, where a boat-full of hapless teens have shipwrecked, unaware of what's lurking in the woods.

Director:

Paul Lynch

Writer:

William Gray (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Janet Julian ... Sandy Ralston
David Wysocki ... Eric Simmons (as David Wallace)
John Wildman ... Nick Simmons
Janit Baldwin ... Carla Simmons
Joy Boushel ... Donna Blake
Layne Coleman Layne Coleman ... Bert Defoe (as Lane Coleman)
Shay Garner Shay Garner ... Ida Parsons
Page Fletcher ... Tom Rice
John McFadyen John McFadyen ... Ed Parsons
Garry Robbins ... Ida's Son
Mary Sullivan ... Teenage Ida
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Storyline

Woman is raped at cocktail party. Years later, her son grows up to be a big hairy murderous monster who stalks a group of teens shipwrecked on his island. Written by Humberto Amador

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Here are the monster's little toys. Once they were little girls and boys. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha dos Cães See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgetown, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Humongous Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Paul Lynch was inspired to make this film after he heard a kid use the word "humongous." See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

Embassy Video released both an R-rated and an unrated version on video. The R-rated one cuts out some violence and rape footage. See more »

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Magic to Me
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a killer on an island; dark scenes at night; not bad, but definitely derivative
26 February 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

In 1946, a woman is raped during a party on her father's island. Her dogs come to the rescue, viciously attacking her attacker.

More than thirty years later, two brothers, their sister, and their two girlfriends go out on their large boat on a large lake. One of the brothers is a rather disturbed individual, who fires a gun he has nearly pointed at his brother at point-blank range, among other things. They have some trouble navigating the boat at night, and come across someone stranded in his boat. They bring him aboard, and he's grateful. He tells them about the island they are near, where a crazy old lady lives with lots of dogs.

The psycho brother decides he wants to try driving the boat at night, though they had anchored already. He grabs his gun when they try to stop him. The boat runs aground and blows up, landing everyone on the island.

Though they had heard dogs barking, the only dogs them come across are skeletons. There's no sign of the old lady, and someone starts killing them off. It's no secret that the killer is the old lady's son, the son of the rapist, presumably. Though we never get a good look at him, a diary they find indicates he has acromegaly. Having that doesn't make a person a monster (André the Giant and Rondo Hatton, among others, had that condition). Evidently he is brain-damaged as well, or severely screwed up because of the way his mother raised him.

The movie is pretty derivative. I've seen quite a few movies where at some point a young woman pretends to be a killer's mother to try to save herself, for example. At a couple points, the good brother, his girlfriend, and his sister reminded me of Fred, Daphne, and Velma, respectively, from Scooby-Doo.

Many of the scenes take place at nighttime, and on the videotape, yes the picture is often almost completely or completely black. Evidently this was not true when the film had been projected, so it is probably a matter of a bad transfer.


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