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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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Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Jaws (1975)See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Best XXX parody ever?, 25 March 2011
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

Although I'm admittedly far from an expert on the genre, I believe this may be the best XXX parody ever. The story is basically "Jaws", but the shark here is replaced with a naked, deep-throating mermaid (70's porn star/ballet dancer Teri Hall) who doles out fatal hummers to any man who dares to swim naked in the surf. There's some XXX sex scenes--although only oral sex, and only Hall and her fellow 70's starlet Jody Maxwell do their own, uh, "stunt work". (The movie even parodies the fact that obvious "stunt doubles" for all the males are used by at one point having an obviously black "stunt double" for the white sheriff Maxwell is orally servicing). The good thing about this is that the sex (usually) doesn't stop the movie in it's tracks, and while the actors in this were not robbed of any Academy Awards back in 1976, they're a lot better than the talentless walking erections that usually act in porn flicks.

The best by far is the great Brother Theodore in the role of "Carl Clitoris", the Robert Shaw character. He is by far the most talented person to EVER appear in an XXX movie and his hilarious monologues are easily worth the price of admission all by themselves. For the record, his, um, "death scene" does not even use a "stunt double"--it's filmed strictly softcore, since great of talent as he was, no one really wanted to see HIM getting a bj.

They obviously spent a little money on this, even filming some of the final scenes on the open ocean (today they'd probably shoot this on video in a bathtub in somebody's San Fernando Valley condo). There's some great surreal scenes like where the mermaid somehow comes out of toilet(!) to "attack" the "Hooper" character (and his "stunt double"). And at the end of the movie the two male leads are entirely replaced by well-endowed puppets(!) in a scene that really makes me wish that ALL male porn stars would be replaced by puppets. I'd watch a lot more XXX movies if they were half as entertaining as this one.

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