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  • Actors: Eric Roberts, Roger Corman
  • Directors: Declan O'Brien
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AFK7UY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,153 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

A half-shark, half-octopus creature created for the military, creates a whole lot of terror in Mexico while a scientist who helped created it tries to capture/kill it.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
*** Warning mild spoilers ***

The title says it all, a creature half shark and half octopus, codename S-11, has been created by scientists to assist the authorities in policing at sea attacking drug traffickers, pirates etc.
A bikini clad swimmer is being chased by a shark when S-11 appears and grabs the shark away from its intended meal with its tentacles and promptly despatches it. However they take the test run a little too far and the control unit is damaged, no longer responding to its creators the creature swims off, heading towards Mexico.
They hire a specialist to hunt it down and he heads off, accompanied by a female scientist, soon shadowed by a pushy female reporter and her sidekick.
The attacks are suitably ridiculous but that fits in nicely with the general tone of the movie as it does not take itself seriously, the shipboard DJ Captain Jack provides most of the light hearted moments with a few jibes at the ridiculous idea of a shark-octopus hybrid. Yet still it chomps its way unhindered through the local populace, swimmers, jet-skiers, yachts, no one is safe and even Producer Roger Corman himself manages a cameo appearance.
The end scene is absolutely mind-boggling as S-11 attacks on land although it is daft in the extreme as it seems to take more bullets than Clint Eastwood's bus in The Gauntlet.
Watch it in the correct frame of mind and it is good fun, it's not a great movie but I'll definitely be watching it again.
For anyone interested in shark-octopus hybrids checked out Lamberto Bava's Devouring Waves (aka Monster Shark ... aka Devilfish) currently only available in second hand shops or in the Mystery Science Theatre collection Mystery Science Theater 3000: Xix [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Aj Harcourt on 5 Jun. 2011
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When reviewing a film like Sharktopus is helps readers to understand one's expectations and tastes - I enjoy exploitation and cheese for what it is - Toxic Avenger, Class of Nukem High etc all rate very highly with me!

From other reviews I had high hopes of a silly, tongue-in-cheek bloody riot.

Unfortunately, like Piranha 3D, the ironic potential of the script was lost on the filmmakers...

Sadly, I felt the acting and direction let down a film that would have been fantastic if more vision had been employed.

The script was genuinely funny at times. Sharktopus pops up and eats people everytime someone denies the possibility of such a creature (a clever, fun device). The choppy narrative just jumps to completely unrelated characters merely to have them gobbled (again this CAN be knowing). The hero wears his shirt open through the whole film (it's rediculous - so why not film if from silly angles, have the actor do his best Bruce Campbell). But no..

There are many more examples of genre silliness that might have been exploited to produce a VERY funny parody of such horror movies. But the actors think they acting in, and the director thinks he is directing... a serious film!

Clearly the whole thing was shot in as few day as possible with no real effort to light the scenes because it's Mexico but for all it's balmy weather it might as well be Scotland or Wales.

At least Eric Roberts got a free lunch out of it or maybe some bad sex...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mary Warren on 17 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
I love Sharks.

I love Octopuses.

I love crap B movies

I love this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark G. on 21 April 2011
Format: DVD
Things start off well, with some great B-movie nonsense and I was really enjoying myself. It has all the usual low budget faults, ranging from continuity, to plot holes, to enormous leaps of faith, but for me that's all part of the charm and fun of watching a low budget flick. Especially when Roger Corman is involved.

The shark/octopus hybrid that is Sharktopus and also known as S11 (I wonder what happened to S1 - S10?)is going through a testing phase when an accident occurs and its electrical impulse generator/behavioural inhibitor is damaged and Sharktopus goes on a rampage.
If only they didn't test their top secret military weapon shark/octopus near a public beach.

There are some fun kills and some fantastically cheesy dialogue ranging from crying "Oh no! Not like this." As you are dragged into the sea by a Sharktopus tentacle to the stating the obvious. "You just unleashed an 8 legged man eating shark on the world."

The problem for me was that despite a good start, the middle of the film started to drag and never seemed to entertain as much as it did at the beginning.
The Sharktopus is kind of a one trick pony and once you've got used to seeing it grab somone with a tentacle and pull them into the sea time after time, it just lost the fun factor.
I think it started to take itself a bit too seriously and you can't do that when your film's called Sharktopus.

Fortunately it picked up at the end and as they started mixing more practical effects (such as prosthetic tentacles) in with the cgi it worked really well. Shame they didn't do that earlier.

I like b-movies and I like Roger Corman's work but this just become too slow and tired in the middle section for my taste, but when it worked it worked well.

Still, 3 stars.
If only for the Roger Corman cameo.
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