Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2022: Marc Coleman’s ‘ManFish’ (2022)

Heading into the final stages of my coverage for the Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2022, I take a look at the insanely hysterical 2022 creature feature comedy, ManFish. This was a surprisingly riotous romp. I was absolutely blown away by this ingenious, sidesplitting tale.

ManFish (2022) is a charming, witty horror comedy written and directed by Marc Coleman (The Flytripper 2017). It stars Dean Kilbey (Fixed 2021), Emma Stannard (The Hobbyhorser 2020), Matty Noble (The Amelia Gething Complex 2019), Jon Campling (Redwood Massacre: Annihilation 2020), Liam Noble (Tuesday Afternoon Kitchen 2020), David Alexander (Green Street Hooligans 2005), Paul Trussell (The King’s Speech 2010), Eloise Dale (Welcome to Curiosity 2018) Reis Daniel (I Scream on the Beach! 2020), and newcomer Monica Gaga.


A man develops feelings for a half-man, half-fish creature after capturing it on the beach and bringing it home to turn a profit. Can he protect his newfound love interest from his demanding girlfriend and low-life brother, or will it all end up as just another fish out of water in this dark, bizarre comedy that proves love knows no bounds?

This is a unique, entertaining film, dealing with the issues of intergender and interspecies relationships. We can’t help who we love or who we’re attracted to, and the subject here is certainly explored in this one-of-a-kind picture. It’s inventive, original, and completely mental. 

The acting is fantastic, and the cinematography is outstanding. Dean Kilbey is phenomenal in the lead role as Terry, the lonely loser whose only inclination is to be loved and respected by his girlfriend and criminal brother, and the visuals are beautifully crafted. Also, the music and editing are excellent and really well done, and the pacing is perfect.

There’s really not much to the story, as it’s more of a sci-fi buddy comedy combined with a rom-com. However, the sets are beautiful and the costumes are kickass. The special effects are awesome, and the gore is terrific, for what little there is. It’s intriguing, engaging, and one hell of a fishy trip.

ManFish is brilliant and hilariously absurd! A sick and twisted masterpiece! An instant cult classic! It’s smart, clever, and freakishly funny. Do yourself a favor and give this one a go. You can thank me later.

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