31 October 2014

Humongous (1982)
93 min.
Directed by Paul Lynch.
With Janet Julian, David Wallace, Janit Baldwin, John Wildman, Joy Boushel, Layne Coleman.
No, this isn't The John Holmes Story. It's a subpar slasher.

The poster for Humongous read "from the makers of Prom Night." But this sparse little film doesn't hit as many marks as that earlier effort from the same director here, Paul Lynch.

A group of six people end up stranded on the notorious Dog Island, an isle inhabited by a reclusive, withdrawn heiress and her savage guard dogs.

Unfortunately, there's also a huge, hulking, mutant killer on the island. Can you guess what happens here?

A predictable premise yields mostly the same, predictable results, but still has a few good sequences to keep it afloat and is worth a watch.

Ultimately, however, this kind of setting was used to much better effect in Tower of Evil (1972).

Also known as Dog Island.

Those with a much gorier yearning would do well by Joe D'Amato's 1980 Antropophagus, containing more or less the same premise but littered with entrail-eating, fetus-gorging and the like.

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