How could you not like a movie called Sharktopus? I mean, really? Even better is that the legend known as Roger Corman produced it. Now anyone who loves a good B-Movie will probably already know that Roger Corman is one of the most successful independent film makers of all time. Author of the incredible book “How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood And Never Lost A Dime”, the auteur has dished out a whole slew of low budget films and they all have one thing in common; they’re highly entertaining. The dude just knows how to make a fun and enjoyable movie and this is where Sharktopus swims in.
Before I even watched the trailer for this, I knew exactly what I was in for and sure enough, there we have it. Sharktopus is a half shark, half octopus sea monster that was invented by a group called Blue Water who were hired by the military to build some crazy weapon that they could control. Nathan Sands (Eric Roberts) and his daughter Nicole (played by cute Thai model, Sara Malakul Lane) are the brains behind the creation of Sharktopus and they are indeed proud of their work. Sadly for Nicole, her dad’s a prick who tweaked Sharktopus’ details behind her back and as you would expect, shit goes horribly wrong. It’s remote control device gets knocked off it’s body by some dudes taking their speedboat for a ride and all hell breaks loose as Sharktopus goes from being a hunter to a crazed killer. See, you love it already!
They hire Andy Flynn (Karem Bursin) who used to work for them to help capture Sharktopus. Blue Water tempt him with cash which he gladly accepts until he unfortunately witnesses his buddy, Santos (Julian Gonzalez Esparza), get killed by the unforgiving creature right before his eyes. Flynn snaps and no longer cares about the money as he is out for blood and to put a stop to Sharktopus once and for all. While all this happens, there is of course a news reporter named Stacy Everheart (Liv Boughn) who obviously wants her story on the escaped monster. She, along with her cameraman, Bones (Héctor Jiménez), does whatever it takes to get it, even if that includes acquiring the help of washed up drunken fisherman and Sharktopus eyewitness, Pez (Blake Lindsey), who when not looking at sea creatures, can’t keep his eyes off Everheart’s “rack” (I really hate that term, just sayin’).
Anyway, Sharktopus has no shortage of girls in bikinis, there’s lots of bloodshed, and heaps of people die. And in case you haven’t been paying attention, there’s also a half shark, half octopus sea monster that is just hilarious. You have to see this thing run on the beach. This movie really is a barrel of laughs. A black comedy horror that you will definitely enjoy if you like TV movie styled b-grade cheese that is what it is. Even ole Corman himself makes an un-credited cameo in true Hitchcock style while watching some cute gal in a bikini use a metal detector when suddenly Sharktopus appears and takes her away to the depths of the ocean. Or something. Corman then picks up some doubloon that she found, tries to eat it and walks off. You know, I have always wanted to go visit Roger Corman while traveling in the USA and tell him how much I appreciate his work. I really should do that someday. But I digress…
The problem with ‘critics’ today is they want everything to be all flashy and big budget looking and they have no respect for the genuine love and good times put into movies like this 90 minutes of hilarious nonsense. You just don’t go into watching a movie called Sharktopus and expect the production values of Titannic. Sure, the CGI effects of Sharktopus look a bit dodgy but would you expect anything else? Of course not! Is Sharktopus the next Creature From The Black Lagoon? Possibly. I know for a fact that if I was to have a horror sea monster movie night at Casa Del Long Gone Loser Office, Sharktopus would definitely get a viewing over the likes of CFTBL. Nothing against CFTBL but this is just a lot more fun and nobody turned into a computer at the end (Yes, LUCY, I’m looking at you!).
The only downfall with this Blu Ray release is that there are no extras besides commentary and a trailer. The transfer isn’t bad for the most part (a few places looked kinda flat but those scenes aren’t important, they were just establishing shots), and the sound is great. The Blu Ray could have benefited with some making of docos or featurettes and cast interviews cos it really would be amusing to hear what the actors themselves think of this movie.
I give Sharktopus seven news reporters covered in blood that are trying to get a story out of ten.
For those in Australia, you can buy your very own copy of Sharktopus on Blu Ray from JB Hi Fi or for the rest of the world, Amazon is your friend.