Movie Review (Another Hole in the Head Online Film Festival): The Deep Ones

December 9, 2020

Written by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry is the Film Festival Editor for Horror Fuel; all film festival related queries and announcements should be sent to him at [email protected] He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Gruesome Magazine, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.

If you are looking for a new exploitation movie version of H.P. Lovecraft’s work, look no further than The Deep Ones. It’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth mashed up with Rosemary’s Baby, Humanoids from the Deep (complete with rape scenes, as in that film; be warned), The Stepford Wives, and tentacle porn, for starters. Lovecraft literary purists will probably shudder at that description, but B-movie aficionados should find plenty to enjoy here.

Starting off with naked bodies galore, the film sees Alex (Gina La Piana) and her husband Petri (Johann Urb) renting a seaside vacation home to try and get their minds off of Alex’s miscarraige and reconnect more. Hosts Russell (Robert Miana) and Ingrid (Silvia Spross) Marsh welcome them in an uncomfortably friendly manner, soon taking Petri out on a boat ride where they hypnotize him while the local doctor (TimothyMuskatell in drag) ingratiates herself with Alex.

Naturally, there is a reason for everyone’s fake friendliness, and if you guessed cult, you know your horror movies. Writer/director Chad Ferrin obviously knows his, too, and he goes all in with bare bodies, blood, and beasts in The Deep Ones. The practical effects Dagon looks cool in a low budget throwback kind of way, but purists may scoff at how small and non-intimidating it is. Never mind the purists, in this case; this is the kind of creature that monster kids like yours truly grew up with and loved.

Ferrin’s script has plenty of intentional humor and a dash of the absurd. From the name checking earlier in this review, potential viewers can guess that many elements feel familiar and even predictable, but it is sheer looniness and outrageousness that make The Deep Ones work

The Deep Ones will screen as part of the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, which runs online from December 11–27, 2020. For more information about the festival, visit https://www.ahith.com/.

 

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