There’s nothing quite like a great SyFy Channel original movie to help blow a boring Saturday night while providing laughs. Thanks to iconic producer Roger Corman we’ve been blessed with another schlock-filled gorefest by the name of “Sharktopus.” For those that missed the movie when it aired on cable, Anchor Bay Entertainment has now released the movie on Blu-ray and DVD for us to enjoy anytime we want.
“Sharktopus” is “known as S-11, a diabolical hybrid of shark and octopus created by genetic scientist Nathan Sands as the U.S. Navy’s next super-weapon. But when its control implants are damaged during a training experiment, the beast escapes to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a taste of sun, sand, bikini babes, jet-skiers, spring breakers and beyond. Now a hotshot mercenary, an investigative reporter, and Sand’s biomechanical engineer daughter must stop a creature like none ever witnessed before: It has superior intelligence. It attacks without warning. And it likes to snack on bungee jumpers.”
The only thing I can compare “Sharktopus” to would be The Asylum’s series of mutated creature features like “Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus,” “Mega Piranha,” and “2010: Moby Dick.” The real difference between those movies and this is that Corman’s mutant monster movie had more money thrown at it. The musical score even sounds like it was done by the same composer. You would think that if Roger Corman and The Asylum producers would just combine their efforts and money, they could actually turn out some relatively decent flicks. However, “Sharktopus” is still cheesy goodness.
The special effects for “Sharktopus” are passable. The creature looks CGI for the most part. The kill scenes featuring the monster’s gory decapitations, biting, and stabbing of it’s victims is what makes this movie watchable. These bits actually come off pretty well and look decent effects-wise.
“Sharktopus” features borderline horrific acting that is no less than laugh-inducing. Eric Roberts is the creepy head of the S-11 project and plays the role of greedy scumbag as good as he always does. Kerem Bursin barely pulls off the role of the reluctant hero, bumbling through some of the worst dialogue you’ll ever hear. All the other actors in the film are mediocre at best. Roger Corman has a pretty funny cameo that’ll make his fans smile. I get the feeling sometimes that the director might tell these players to deliver their lines badly to keep with the absurd “theme” of the movie.
The only extra features on the Blu-ray or DVD versions of “Sharktopus” are audio commentary with producers Roger and Julie Corman and a movie trailer. What’s up with no behind-the-scenes featurette? Even The Asylum movies include some kind of making-of footage.
“Sharktopus” will be attractive to aficionados of The Asylum films and all the other corny but fun SyFy TV movies-of-the-week. There are great scenes of devourment mixed with moments of humor that will appeal to that crowd. It’s an acquired taste, even if it is bad.
You can buy the Blu-ray version of “Sharktopus” right here.
You can buy the regular DVD format version of “Sharktopus” right here.