Another Humanoid pulls at a support beam, causing a section of the pier to collapse and sending a bunch of people into the water where one guy is quickly sliced to ribbons. This gory, scary low-budget shocker from the Roger Corman stable concerns the battle over a salmon cannery in a Pacific Northwest town. Hank speaks up now and says that a cannery would mean progress for a town like Noyo and in turn, progress means money. Johnny goes to help the unconscious Tommy, but another Humanoid pops up to attack him. A shadow passes by outside the vehicle and Peggy thinks she hears something.
He struggles to pull himself out of the water, but the creature just pulls him back. Not far off Peggy and Jerry recline on the sand, the latter rubbing his hands all over the former. Screw Everclear, give me a shot of this stuff!!! It seems that accelerated evolution inherent to the Humanoids is passed on to their offspring. Susan starts snapping photos like mad. Jerry did not see or hear anything and is far more concerned about getting his tongue as far down her throat as possible and no doubt his tab A into her slot B than anything going on outside.
Then a cloud of dark blood fills the water and up above, Deke starts to spaz out when he sees all that red. Having found a secluded enough spot for their tastes, they go splashing in the waist-high water. Perhaps there is some weird gateway close by that leads to some horrible place beyond time and space as we know it, where the Great Old Ones and The Elder Gods await the day that the Earth will once again belong to them. S he hears another sound and this time she retrieves a weapon from the kitchen. Susan continues to snap more photos and suddenly another monster pops up, but this time it is Johnny and his spear gun that dispatches the beast. A new species that is better suited to life both in and out of the water.
Then he asks Susan what she knows. Oddly enough, when it was walking toward the tent, there was still quite a bit of light out, despite the sky being overcast. It has a small window set within the top, too high to look through but big enough for her to see shadows moving about on the porch. A bunch gather around as Jim, Johnny and Susan disembark. It in no way harms any of the beasts that are already loose on the docks killing and raping. Once again we head over to where Peggy and Jerry are wandering around. This really causes Deke to fly into a rage, yelling and hollering to his son and wondering why the kid has been on the boat all day and never thought to check the gas in the winch motor.
We return to the plight of poor Peggy. Hank is also a raging bigot and more than once makes derogatory racial remarks about Johnny Eagle — another source of his anger for opposing the idea of a cannery in Noyo. Barbara Peters was hired to direct a screenplay by Frederick James, which was based on a story by Frank Arnold and Martin B. I can buy that for movie purposes of course. Maybe deep down in those subtextual levels of the narrative that are overshadowed by the more overt monster attacks, the fear this movie is really playing upon is not so much that something comes out of the sea to kill us or in the case of those unlucky gals, mate with us , but that something may come out of the sea to supplant us as the dominant lifeform on the planet.
Hank says that something must be done now about Johnny and his people. When he finally pulls alongside the wooden pier on his property, night has fallen. Before he can get an answer, she points out the rocky shore she has been watching and the series of caves that dot the coastline. Peggy calls for him some more and then spies him hunched over in the water a short distance away, his back to her. Not just three times, mind you, but each one produces a huge fireball. Carol wants to go home, as there is nothing more they can do. Tommy manages to grab the rifle and using it as a club, fend off his monstrous attacker.
There is a shower curtain that is opaque enough that it prevents us from a getting a clear view of her naked body, but clear enough that we can see some details. She also says that the food supply upstream will not support them, so they will have to turn to the ocean to survive. Standing there is Johnny Eagle, holding the bloody body of his dog. Elsewhere, Jim and Carol have followed the slime trail all the way to the shore, but have still not found any trace of Baron. The mayor wraps things up and soon the band has struck up another ungodly tune.
She seems to have every bloody curtain and shade open in the house, making it really easy to look in and spy on her. Right about now, Baron senses that something is wrong and in some subtle fashion, Baby Shawn picks up on that fact and begins to cry. One thing that needs to be mentioned about this film is just how godawful the continuity is in many scenes. Jim sees the sheriff and asks if he has seen Doctor Drake. Could I interest you in a copy of the Necronomicon? Whenever you see someone holding a beer, take a drink. Whoever is outside runs off, the shadows giving away their movement. In this movie a small town in the Northwest is suddenly experiencing incidents where animals are killed and the fish do not look normal.