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Film / Humongous

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

Humongous is a Slasher Movie from the year 1982. It was directed by Paul Lynch, who also did Prom Night two years earlier.

A bunch of kids (and one guy they picked up) are stranded on an island as their boat hits rocks and sinks. That's too bad, as the island is inhabited by a deformed killer who starts hunting them for food.

This film contains the examples of:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: After the killer gets stabbed and is dying, he makes absolutely pitiful moans indicating how he doesn't want to die. And then we see his Nightmare Face and even Sandy feels sorry for him.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Dog Island got its name from the dogs that Ida used to guard her privacy with. With her death, her son ended up killing the things for food.
  • Child by Rape: The killer was conceived when his mother Ida was raped by a drunken guest during a cocktail party.
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  • Closed Circle: Dog Island is far from civilization, and there's no access to boats.
  • Creepy Basement: Ida raised her deformed son in the island house's basement. He still lives there as an adult, preferring its darkness during daylight.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Sandy pretends to be the killer's mother Ida to make him stop chasing her for a while by taking her corpse's place in her room and talking to him. It works until she leaves the room.
  • Diary: Ida's diary functions as exposition for our protagonists to learn about Ida and her deformed son.
  • Dutch Angle: Used briefly on the killer when he stands on the boathouse's doorway.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: When Nick's recklessness makes the boat crash on rocks, its engine immediately catches on fire and the vessel blows up.
  • Final Girl: Sandy is the last person alive from the main group by the end of the film, and manages to defeat the killer with her wits.
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  • Foreshadowing: Looking through Ida's family photos, Carla tells Sandy that she looks just like Ida. This comes back when Sandy pretends to be Ida to trick the killer.
  • Hooks and Crooks: As he hides from the killer in his house, Nick grabs a hook to defend himself. It does him no good.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The prologue shows Ida being raped during a Labor Day cocktail party.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The killer ends up dead for good as he falls on the sharp end of a "Keep Out" sign held by Sandy.
  • Intimate Healing: Donna attempts help Bert with his cold by getting topless and lying on his chest. Then the killer arrives.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The exact moment when Tom is done raping Ida, her father's dogs attack him, and once they're done, she finishes him off with a rock.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Donna, whose very first scene has her being topless.
  • Off with His Head!: After finding the corpses of Nick and Donna hanging on hooks, Carla runs to the beach to refresh herself, only to find Bert's decapitated head floating on the water.
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  • Redemption Equals Death: Nick after acting like an utter jerk feels a bit of remorse and goes looking for help on the island and promptly gets killed.
  • Sent Into Hiding: Ida was raped and kept the child born of the rape hidden away...until she dies.
  • Spiritual Successor: As pointed out by Dave Wilson from Dread Central, the film is essentially a slightly Lighter and Softer (as in, lacking the extreme gore) Canadian take on The Anthropophagus Beast.
  • Tempting Fate: "It's okay. He's dead!" To Eric's credit, he does hit the killer more than once before turning to Sandy and saying that.
  • Tragic Monster: The killer might arguably be the most sympathetic villain in slasher history aside from Norman Bates.
  • Time Skip: The opening scene is set in 1946, and then skips 36 years ahead.


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