Sharktopus review


After a combat demonstration goes awry, a genetically engineered shark/ octopus hybrid is let loose and it’s not long before it starts a massacre off the coast of Mexico. When it begins to turn its intentions inland, the creature’s creator must work together with his estranged daughter if they are to stand any chance of stopping the dreaded Sharktopus!

The winner of the Syfy Monster Mayhem Tournament manages to breathe new life into Roger Corman’s B-movie operations with a great title, a great creature, a great cartoon poster and an amazing theme song by The Cheetahs Whores.

Sharktopus has quite a complex storyline for a creature feature with numerous story threads running side-by-side but it still fits in comfortably with the Syfy movie formula. The body count is crazily high. Literally 5 minutes does not go past without somebody getting eaten, and some of the kills are particularly terrific with the bungee jump kill being my personal highlight of the entire film. Not to mention that at a mere 89 minutes, Sharktopus doesn’t overstay its welcome.

The bright, sunny, popular hotel setting is wonderfully fitting for the sense of fun and adventure that the film provides. In a way, Sharktopus is the perfect metaphor for a holiday, a short venture into something completely different before returning to normality. The beautiful sunshine, bikini-clad beach babes and all-round good cheer really energize the film, making it bright and vibrant.

On the negative side, the variation of camera-grade used alters dramatically, switching between prosumer and consumer grade models which creates a schizophrenic visual style. There is also an overabundance of cutaway shots of people surfing or hanging out at the beach and even weirder flag dancing sequence. I don’t understand why a movie this short requires such padding.

Also I know that this is a tiny gripe but where does Flynn’s sombrero come from? If it’s floating on top of the swimming pool above him then why does it cast no shadow? And how is it tied under his chin when he surfaces? Seriously, how does the sombrero work?!

Sharktopus suffers from a lot of budgetary issues but makes it for it by being pure exploitation fun. With plenty of monster action and a variety of kills, Sharktopus is a must-see creature feature.

Profile Sharktopus (2010)
Director Declan O’Brien
Writers Mike MacLean
Cast Eric Roberts, Sara Malakul Lane, Kerem Bursin, Liv Boughn & Hector Jimenez
Creature Shark / Octopus hybrid

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