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Sharktopus [Blu-ray]

Eric Roberts , Kerem Bursin , Declan O'Brien    Unrated   Blu-ray
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Legendary schlock producer Roger Corman returns to the genre that he pioneered (and makes a hilariously chintzy cameo appearance, to boot) in this sensitive character study of a misbegotten shark/octopus hybrid that escapes the control of its navy handlers and begins to snork down surfers off the coast of Mexico. For fans of this sort of thing, all of the base elements of a superior creature feature are present, including cold-blooded scientists, beefy soldiers of fortune, and acres upon acres of postage-stamp-size swimwear. Unfortunately, while star Eric Roberts delivers a gloriously straight-faced performance as the creator of said majestic killing machine, much of the supporting cast indulges in the sort of broad winking at the camera that marks too many of the modern exploitation movies. Still, a concept this goofy won't go down without a mighty fight, and the sight of the titular character casually picking off bungee jumpers and crawling up on land (sure, why not?) to harass unsuspecting musicians is pretty irresistible. If, in the final accounting, the movie is only half as enjoyable to watch as the title is to say, that's still an awful lot of fun. --Andrew Wright

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good B Movie Aug. 12 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
bought this expecting a decent funny B movie and thats exactly what I got. I recommend it to anyone who whats a few laughs.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible March 22 2011
By Sorpse
nothing good about this movie. I thought a movie about a half shark half octopus was a coolo idea but they buitchered it with bad cg and even worse acting. No one in this movie cares about it and you can tell.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Acting, Horrible Script, Horrible Special Effects, this has to be a 5 star movie! Jan. 2 2011
By grandmamamama - Published on Amazon.com
Just looking at the movie poster, I knew this film was supposed to be bad, and I knew I had to see it. Thankfully a friend of mine had recorded it when it aired on SyFy, so I am writing this review based on the videotape I am currently watching. Yes, a videotape. You know those things that you use to stick inside a VCR to watch or record a movie before they made DVDs. I know a few of you might still might might know what these antiques are. Anyways, as a note to those who gave this film 1 star, didn't you know this was a parody?

This should have become apparent to anyone within the first 15 minutes of the film when Roger Cormen (yes he is making an appearance in the film) watches a young woman using a metal detector on the beach. The young woman finds a piece of gold, and is quickly attacked by the tentacles of the Sharktopus and eaten. After the young woman is eaten, Roger Corman, walks down to the waters edge and picks up the gold piece the woman has dropped during the attack and walks away with the gold. At no part in this scene does Corman appear to be frightened of what has just transpired in front of him, and even smiles at the camera. So in a sense this film is supposed to be a comedy. It just depends on how you take it.

So basically, if you liked the remake of Piranha, you will probably like this movie as well. It has plenty of funny outrageous gags, stupid lines, bikinis, sand, and almost everything that made Piranha great (except no nudity.)

Eric Roberts (brother of Julia Roberts) deserves an academy award for his role in this film. After all he was the only person in it that could actually act, and besides he has never won one.

Even the editor deserves some kind of award for quickly hiding a machine gun. At one point in the film an ex-soldier fires a machine gun at the Sharktopus to distract it from attacking a news crew. After the fish falls back into the water, the machine gun magically disappears. Amazing! Chris Angel could not have done better.

Another great acting scene was done actually by the unknowns in this film. At one point they are chumming the waters in an attempt to attract the Sharktopus. In a nearby area Sharktopus attacks a small sail boat and eats the captain. The captain's wife also falls into the water and it looks like it will be curtains for her. But the Sharktopus lets her go and goes on towards the chummed waters. Those who have chummed the waters think their chumming has attracted the Sharktopus towards them. But considering how skinny the Sailboat Captain's wife was, I think the Sharktopus was just scared it might choke on a bone.

Another huge goof, Sharktopus attacks the boat carrying the ex-soldier and the daughter of Eric Roberts (who have been enlisted to capture Sharktopus). In the attack the boats propellers are supposedly damaged and the ship can no longer be driven. However, after a brief phone call to Robert's character, the boat magically becomes drivable again. No repairman needed. At least until they get back to dock, then the boat breaks down again.

There are so many great stolen sequences from other Sea Creature movies that I thought the only thing missing was the Shark doing the Land shark routine from SNL. I did not have to wait long before that too came true. Yes reader, this Shark Octopus hybrid can walk on land, wrap itself around tree limbs, and attack anything on land, without the fear of suffocation. Another thing I found amazing was how this creature attacked bungee jumpers and anyone hanging over the water. It was almost like the fisherman for this film was using human beings as fly bait to attract this massive sea creature.

Overall I am giving Sharkopus 5 stars because I do not think any other reviewer caught what this film was actually suppose to be. And secondly I thought it was one of the better SyFy films I have seen in a long time. It was even better than Mega shark Vs. the Giant Octopus. Of course that is not saying much, but I can think of more terrible ways to waste my viewing time, such as being forced to watch Leonardo Decrapio in Titanic again. How this film ever made more money than Star Wars is still beyond me, but it happened so now I have to put up with it. And yes Sharktopus was 100 times better than Titanic, of course so was Mega Piranha, Mega Shark Vs The Giant Octopus, ....... I would also say Mega Shark Vs. Crocosaurus, but I have not seen it yet. I will probably in the next hour or two (Thank god for friends with VCRS), just not yet.
43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jump the Squark Sept. 25 2010
By Michael J. Tresca - Published on Amazon.com
If you're not a fan of bad horror movies, Sharktopus is likely the stupidest thing you've ever seen. To wit, it's a half-shark, half-octopus genetically engineered killer who spends the entire movie eating hot chicks in bikinis. It doesn't get much dumber than this.

But if you ARE a fan of bad horror movies, Sharktopus is a sort of horror movie nirvana, combining every monster shark movie since Jaws and every giant squid movie since...well there really haven't been any giant squid movies that match the appeal of Jaws. If there was, Sharktopus would rip that off too.

Sharktopus is an apex moment in Syfy's history, when fans of the monster movies the channel is known for suddenly became rabid advocates, eagerly awaiting the next monster's debut. Sharktopus has caused quite a buzz amongst this community, who eagerly discusses every sneak preview of Sharktopus in action: Sharktopus eating a bungie-jumper, Sharktopus eating a yoga instructor, Sharktopus eating a jet skier. All in a day's work for a half-shark, half-opus carnivorous beast genetically engineered to eat drug smugglers.

Oh, right, the plot. Basically, a defense contractor known as Blue Water created a monster known as S-11 (not Sharktopus, of COURSE). When a boat's propeller accidentally slices off the thing's control collar, Sharktopus is free to snatch people from the beach from incredibly shallow water. Or, failing that, it just uses its tentacles to climb right up onto the surface and follow its prey there.

And its prey is mostly hot chicks. The amount of T&A in Sharktopus may astonish even horror movie fans; while any movie featuring beaches inevitably features women in bikinis as well, the camera follows them everywhere with a point of view I like to call the ButtCam (tm). Yes, Sharktopus has a ButtCam.

There are a dizzying number of inconsistencies in Sharktopus, but you've got to question why you would challenge the movie's logic when you're watching a film titled Sharktopus. If you wanted to see a realistic movie that made sense, maybe you shouldn't watch something named after a Spongebob Squarepants episode.

Actually, Sharktopus wasn't even first. Dungeons & Dragons debuted the Squark in the Monstrous Compendium Annual, Volume 4. If only they ignored the fact that nobody cares if the beast's name is technically accurate (it's clearly half-squid, no matter how much the actors repeat that "its behavior is unusual for an octopus"), things might have gone differently for the Squark. When you name your monster Squark, it gets slammed on Stupid Monster lists. When you name your monster Sharktopus, the Internet is abuzz in anticipation.

And that's the difference between awful and awesome.
83 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharktopus - a Classic for the Ages Sept. 26 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I cannot allow a bad review of Sharktopus to go unpunished, er, well, uncommented upon.

To every true cinephile, the three greatest movies ever made are 1) The Ten Commandments, 2) Ben Hur and 3) Sharktopus.

OK, Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, Sharktopus and Mega Pirahna.

Wait, that's four. OK, Ben Hur, Sharktopus and Mega Piranha.

And Komodo vs Cobra. When the Komodo ate the blond chick . . . Man!

And Aztec Rex. When the Rex ate that brunette chick . . . Man!

Wait, that's four. No. How many is that?

OK, Sharktopus, Mega Piranha, Komodo vs Cobra and Aztec Rex.

And Malibu Shark Attack. Yeah! And Supergator. He ate everybody!

How many is that?

OK, the three greatest movies ever made are Sharktopus, Mega Piranha, Komodo vs Cobra, Aztec Rex, Malibu Shark Attack and Supergator.

Now let's not have any more bad reviews.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable if you know what you are getting into Nov. 11 2010
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
Judged in the same manner as Hollywood films meant to elicit emotion and portray realism with incredibly complex FX, this film is a 1 star. On entertainment value, however, Sharktopus is the Pangaea of campy sci-fi. With the clever and misleading title (it's actually probably a shark/squid hybrid), and the incontrovertible starpower of Eric Roberts, this is guaranteed MST3K greatness.

The plot, and I'm using the word loosely, is a genetically engineered shark/octopus hybrid (a.k.a. S-11) created by the Blue Water corporation, a nefarious government contractor, for the U.S. Navy to chase and kill coastal gun runners (ignore that this is typically the U.S. Coast Guard's responsibility). When the control mechanism designed by father & daughter marine biologists fails, Sharktopus is ready to ravage the world. It's up to the doctors and a war vet named Andy Flynn to stop the deadly beast. But Sharktopus has a few plans of its own before the end.

I know what you're thinking: "Stay away from the water." Right? Well, good luck with that, because Sharktopus can freaking walk on land! Who cares that it has shark gills, and the hybrid shouldn't conceivably live outside of water. Tell that to the bikini-clad cannon fodder or the inevitable moron filming the monster mere moments before being devoured - all caught on film, of course. So now what? Run and stay out of its reach? Nice try, shark treat! This thing moves like a ninja and can stab people with the ends of its tentacles that are somehow sharpened like knives at the end despite that not being a naturally occurring phenomenon. Aside from that, the plan is flawed because it's readily apparent, because it happened in the film, after watching this cinematic treat that Sharktopus can shrink and grow at will. You might as well put a target on your back and fill your shorts with plankton and small fish. And don't dare show your face on screen if you haven't already been introduced as a main character. Dead meat.

Since this is almost a love story (between campy sci-fi fans and the makers of this movie), we all know it must end sadly. Amongst the atrocious FX, the various but enjoyable implausibilities, the myriad beach snacks, and the bungee jumper with laughably bad luck, the end to our protagonist must come. The fact that it comes at the hands of a ridiculously bad actor who should have been absolutely destroyed in the final scene is neither unexpected nor well conceived. Nonetheless, fans of B-horror/monster will absolutely love this.

Jason Elin
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Sharktopus" Is Not As Innovative As The Classic Horror Films That Made Roger Corman A Legendary Director April 2 2011
By J. B. Hoyos - Published on Amazon.com
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B-movie actor Eric Roberts stars as Nathan Sands who works for Blue Water Corporation, which specializes in genetics engineering. He has created a biological weapon known as S-11, a giant shark/octopus hybrid. During maneuvers off the coast of Santa Monica, California, the sharktopus has an accident with a speedboat, resulting in damage to the remote control device that controls its behavior. The sharktopus escapes its handlers and begins a killing spree on the West Coast from Santa Monica down to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The film's director, the legendary Roger Corman, is the king of copycat, low budget thrillers. According to the commentary, Syfy gave Corman only the title and he was requested to create a an entire film around it. "Sharktopus" appears to be the crest of the wave of Syfy's popular films that feature giant monsters such as Komodo dragons, boa constrictors, spiders, etc. "Sharktopus" is slightly different in that it combines two giant creatures.

"Sharktopus" is bloody, gory fun with a very high body count. Most of the film consists of the Sharktopus snatching, spearing and gobbling unsuspecting sun bathers, boaters and bungee jumpers. It's very predictable in its plot. The acting is extremely amateurish and more atrocious than most of the other creature features on Syfy. I've seen better acting at high school dramas. The aging, graying Eric Roberts mostly sits around barking orders, Kerem Bursin has bulging Pecs and washboard abs and, if you squint your eyes, Sara Malakul Lane looks a little like Shannen Doherty of "90210."

Roger Corman's earlier films such as "Piranha" and "Humanoids from the Deep" were low budget thrillers that were sometimes funny, sometimes horrifying, but were always groundbreaking and innovative for all those involved. Unfortunately, "Sharktopus" is more of an homage to all the tacky creature features that have gone before it on the Syfy Channel.

Roger Corman has a cameo appearance in "Sharktopus." He's an old beach bum who is watching a bikini-clad girl look for buried treasure using a metal detector. He doesn't bother to help the girl when the monster attacks her. Instead, after she's been dragged out to sea, he grins and helps himself to the gold coin that she uncovered from the sand. Basically, as a film director, he doesn't do much to ensure that "Sharktopus" becomes a classic. Instead, it is doomed to become another run-of-the-mill giant creature feature that Syfy has become famous for cloning.

In one particular scene, which takes place on board a yacht in Puerto Vallarta, Corman appears to be insulting his legion of fans. When radio D.J. Captain Jack hears about the sharktopus, he jokingly says that it sounds like the plot of a film. His lovely bikini-clad assistant, Stephie, claims she'd watch it. He replies that she's easily amused. He continues by saying, "I've seen you mesmerized watching a frozen burrito rotate in a microwave oven."

The Anchor Bay release for "Sharktopus" gratefully has English subtitles for the hearing impaired. It also has trailers for "Sharktopus" as well as for another silly creature feature "Dinocroc vs. Supergator." It previews the DVD for the first season of the "Walking Dead" series on AMC. Most importantly, it has an advertisement for all of Roger Corman's cult classic features that are being released on DVD and Blu-Ray from SHOUT Factory. (Corman has had quite a successful career as a film director that expands nearly fifty years.) A trailer is also provided for "Cyclops," which stars Eric Roberts.

I was surprised to learn that the DVD doesn't have any "making of" featurettes or deleted/extended scenes. There is, however, an interesting commentary from producers Roger Corman and his wife Julie Corman. Most of the film was made in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico because the scenery is beautiful and varies and it's more cost effective. Also, the Cormans have many connections there. Their daughter was in the bungee scene where the girl is gobbled up by the monster. It became the most talked about scene in the film and the movie trailer itself became a big hit on YouTube.

I can only recommend "Sharktopus" to lovers of giant creature feature films and to fans of Roger Corman. (I happen to be both.) However, I suggest that fans rent this movie before purchasing it. They may be disappointed to learn that it is not on the same caliber as the original "Piranha" or "Humanoids from the Deep." These are classics that have survived the test of time. I'm afraid that "Sharktopus" may soon be forgotten.

Joseph B. Hoyos
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