Sharktopus was made not long after Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus. It comes from Roger Corman who has a legendary career as a director and producer of B movies going back to the 1950s. It shows Corman, who has always been a canny exploiter of other peoples trends, jumping aboard and copying the success of The Asylum, a company that have taken his habit for blatantly copying big-budget films and coming up with over-the-top monster movies to even more barefaced extremes than he ever did. Corman has also overseen a number of these other gonzo monster hybrid films with Dinocroc (2004), Supergator (2007), Dinoshark (2010) and Cobragator (2015).
Sharktopus is a film that is ridiculous in conception and delivery something that has never been regarded as a hindrance in most of the other above-mentioned gonzo shark films. The idea of a hybrid creature that has the head of a shark and a tail that is the tentacles of an octopus looks completely laughable. Do a Google image search on the term sharktopus and I defy you not to sit at your computer screen in hysterics at some of the concept art and stills from the film that show up. Some of the scenes in the film like the image of the sharktopus emerging up onto the beach and walking on its tentacles, or of it perched atop a stone archway reaching down to snatch bystanders and rip their heads off as they watch a dance performance are guaranteed to have you in hysterics.
Most of the film gives the appearance of having been slung together with little care about the finished product. The plot has a minimal necessary functionality. The sharktopus is brought to life with some very cheap visual effects. Director Declan OBrien peppers the beach scenes up with a good many filler jiggle shots of bikinied babes. Among the largely unknown cast, Sara Malakul Lane gives the role of the babe scientists daughter far more intent seriousness than you would expect. On the other hand, as the young male lead, Kerem Bursin brings solely pretty boy looks which are frequently displayed with his shirt open and fails in any way to convince us that he is the seasoned mercenary his character is meant to be.
As in these films, there is the frequent absurdity of some of the lines like the exchange between the pirate radio dj (Ralph Garman) and his assistant (Shandy Finnessy): Maybe theyre doing a movie? I can see that now a former Navy SEAL/oceanographer is tracking down this abomination before it takes any other lives. Id watch it. Yeah, I know you would Stefanie. Thats because youre easily amused. Ive seen you mesmerised watching a frozen burrito rotate in a microwave oven. Eric Roberts an actor who has made the B movie his home far too often for his continuing credibility is asked You just unleashed an eight-legged man-eating shark on the world, which he blithely dismisses as A minor setback.
Roger Corman produced two sequels with Sharktopus vs Pteracuda (2014) and Sharktopus vs Whalewolf (2015).
Director Declan OBrien has worked regularly in the B-budget arena with the likes of Cyclops (2008), Monster Ark (2008), Rock Monster (2008) and Joy Ride 3 (2014), as well as several entries in the Wrong Turn series Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009), Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011) and Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012). He has also written the scripts for The Snake King (2005), Harpies (2007) and Savage Planet (2007).