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9 November 1976 (USA) See more »
Guaranteed to get you back into the water
A killer nympho mermaid with an oral fixation prowls the ocean waters, devouring - up to a point - any man unlucky enough to be swimming naked. | Add synopsis »
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Brother Theodore ... Captain Carl Clitoris
Terri Hall ... Mermaid

Robert Kerman ... Dr. Sy Smegma (as Richard Lair)
Jody Maxwell ... Miss Mayhem
Crystal Sync ... Dora Coxswain (as Rachel McCallister)
Paul Styles ... Sheriff Rooster Coxswain
Ian Morley ... Mayor Ike White
Mark Carvel ... Father Tim/Father Kevin (as Marc Carvel)

Zack Norman ... Norm Gingold
Edward Krane ... Lance Sterling (as Ed Krane)
Ras Kean ... Deputy Dick
Michael Sullivan ... The Secret Weapon
Steve Kraus ... Brother Sam
Leroy ... Stable Inspector
Rick ... Paper Boy
Steve Corney ... Solitary Swimmer

Directed by
Robert J. Kaplan 
Writing credits
Paul E. Cohen (original screenplay) (as Paul Cohen) and
Robert J. Kaplan (original screenplay) and
Sam Cohen (original screenplay)

Produced by
Paul E. Cohen .... executive producer (as Paul Cohen)
Sam Cohen .... associate producer
Robert J. Kaplan .... producer
Isaac Roberts .... producer
Original Music by
Brad Fiedel 
Cinematography by
Eric Shiozaki (director of photography)
Art Direction by
Michael Sullivan 
Makeup Department
Joan Puma .... makeup artist
Production Management
Michael D. Pariser .... assistant production manager (as Michael Pariser)
Robert Taicher .... unit manager: Florida
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon Brown .... assistant director
Art Department
Peter Bramley .... scenic art
Sound Department
The Doj .... boom man
Suzanne Fenn .... sound editor
Albee Gordon .... sound recorder
Al Gramaglia .... sound mixer
Alice Miller .... associate sound editor
Tom Rhodes .... underwater stuntman
Camera and Electrical Department
Go-Go Gomez .... still photographer
Maris H. Jansons .... assistant camera (as Maris Jansen)
Maris H. Jansons .... second camera operator (as Maris Jansen)
Big John .... underwater photographer: New York
Mike Kantrowitz .... key grip (as Michael Kantrowitz)
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater photographer: Florida (as Jordan Klein)
John Kraus .... best boy
James McCalmont .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Sampson .... wardrobe designer
Music Department
Brad Friedel .... arranger: original score
Brad Friedel .... producer: original score
Haydn Harris .... recording engineer: original score
Joe Venneri .... arranger: production music
Joe Venneri .... producer: production music
Joe Venneri .... recording engineer: production music
Other crew
Richard Danziger .... production assistant
Michael Poulous .... master puppeteer
Michael Poulous .... puppet creator
Fay Shiowitz .... assistant to producer
Marsha Smith .... gallery 10
Squeaky .... script supervisor
Joel Tuber .... production secretary
Nancy Wood-Tuber .... assistant production secretary (as Nancy Wood)
Crew believed to be complete

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Actor Paul Styles' character "Sheriff Rooster Cockswain" (the correct spelling) is a takeoff on the John Wayne character name "Rooster Cogburn".See more »
Miscellaneous: The film's on-screen credits list actor Paul Styles' character as being "Sheriff Rooster Coxswain". In fact, the character's name is "Sheriff Rooster Cockswain" (spelled that way) as seen written on the back of the character's jacket.See more »
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Jaws has got a lot to answer for!, 24 July 2016
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Jaws (1975) was such a monumentally successful movie that it created the blockbuster model, still used by Hollywood today. It also led to a multitude of movies that followed its basic story template like Grizzly (1976) and Snow Beast (1977), while it spawned a whole host of films featuring water-based monsters. So perhaps it isn't very surprising that it also inspired a porn parody. Gums came out in a period that I am reliably informed was called the golden age of porn; I say reliably informed, as, before a very kind fellow IMDb user sent me a copy of this one, I hadn't actually seen any films from this 70's sub-genre, despite being all too familiar with the names of several which have become so famous as to have become ingrained in cultural reference. Gums seems to be a decidedly more off-beat and obscure offering from this period. It focuses on a killer mermaid who kills unsuspecting male swimmers by lethal blow jobs.

The production values are, needless to say, truly bargain basement. It's to all intents and purposes amateur hour all the way. Not necessarily a surprise though seeing as porn films haven't been very well associated with quality control, beyond the hardcore action. It was kind of surprising though to see just how limited a supply of sex scenes there actually were though. The focus is squarely far more on comedy, although I would volunteer the unpopular view that it wasn't necessarily very good comedy. One thing is for sure is that is most certainly is not very erotic, with the males in particular a staggeringly hideous looking bunch of individuals and I'm not entirely sure which demographic is being serviced by the humping dog scene. What cannot be denied by anyone though is that this is most definitely a very strange movie. There are two somewhat disturbing glove puppets who feature quite prominently latterly in the film, for reasons that elude me; the character who plays the Quint equivalent, called Captain Carl Clitoris, is an SS uniform wearing Nazi, again for reasons that simply elude me. This guy is played by Brother Theodore, who I previously knew as the guy who did some narration for the Al Adamson schlockfest Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970). His performance was commendably committed for something like this and it's that, coupled with the sheer oddball elements that give this one its interest value. In order to pick up the points of interest in this one, you've got to be willing to wade through a lot of tripe though!

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