Director: Declan O’Brien
Starring: Eric Roberts, Kerem Bursin, Sara Malakul Lane, Hector Jimenez, Liv Boughn
Half-Shark. Half-Octopus. All Terror.
I’m a huge fan of The X-Files. After watching every episode there is from that show I’ve come to the conclusion that the american government have a lot of evil plans that are hidden from the public. So I have no problem buying the concept of the american government making a «secret weapon» by mutating a shark and octopus into a SHARKTOPUS.
And of course the experiment goes wrong and the S-11 (project name for the sharktopus, makes you wonder what happened to S-1 – S-10?) is free to terrorize beaches everywhere. And where do you go if you want to eat human flesh? Mexico of course!
This is a Syfy movie produced by b-movie master Roger Corman, starring Eric Roberts and a bunch of hot chicks. A LOT of chicks actually and most get a minute or two of screen time before they become food for our beloved seapet. The body count is quite high in this movie and some of them are fun and inventive. Eric Roberts is also fun to watch and look out for a cameo of Corman aswell. The sharktopus looks great considering what you would expect from a movie like this. And I can’t brag and say that I have seen a real sharktopus so I’m gonna have faith in that this was as close as a real one would be.
The movie actually has some charm to it because it doesn’t take itself seriously. The filmmakers knew what they where making and tried to make it fun for the viewers. I’m gonna give a lot of credit to Corman for this and I don’t see why Syfy hasn’t joined forces with him earlier. They sound like a match made in b-movie heaven to me.
One thing is for sure, with all the great beaches, women and water in this movie I definitely want to go on vacation. If the horror genre doesn’t work out for director Declan O’Brien (he’s directed Wrong Turn 4 and gonna be the director of Wrong Turn 5) then he can always apply for a job at the Travel Channel.
Want a quick, easy, cheap and low quality meal? Buy fast food. Want the same qualities in a movie? See Sharktopus.
If you DO like this movie, be sure to check out Dinocroc, Dinoshark, Sand Sharks, Swamp Shark, Piranhaconda and a dozen others. Or just wait til I review them here, which I’m surely gonna do someday. Yeah, lucky me!