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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
I don't know why, but I have found myself more and more drawn to SyFy channel movies. Dinocroc. Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus. Snakehead Terror. and countless others. Now, they give me an epic of titanic proportions, produced by Roger Corman, no less: Sharktopus. Just by the name given, you know that your in for a movie loaded with nacho cheese. I mean think about it, a Shark/Octopus hybrid escapes from the facility in which it was contained. Shark. Octopus. Combined? LUDICROUS!
So, after missing the T.V. spot, I decided to purchase it.
After it arrived in the mail I popped it into my DVD player and proceded to view a spectacle worthy of the Gods.
And I must say, I was not dissapointed. I asked for bad acting, bad graphics, and little to no storyline. I recieved exactly what I asked for. Following the trend of most SyFy channel movies, the graphics for this movie suck compared to your big budget hollywood pictures, however they are astoundingly better than most other movies from the same channel. Same with the acting: Absolutely horrible for todays standards, but better than the average movie from that channel. Now let me get to the plot... There is very little that even resembles a plot in this film. 90% of the movie is overly dramaticized death scenes that involve scantilly clad women and bungee jumpers acting like fishing lures. They are so horrendously over dramaticized that I dare call it black comedy. I laughed. A lot.
Another 5% of the movie is complaining about Mexican roads. The remaining 5% is the main characters lying through their teeth about wanting to kill the monster, when in reality all they want to do is lose the remainder of their clothing. Seriously, both the leading characters slowly loose their clothing throughout the film.
monster wise, this creature was pretty good. The designers knew what they were doing, but I can't help but wonder what they were thinking when they inserted an octopus beak for a belly button.
All in all, this movie entertained me far more than any other film that I have ever watched.