SHARKTOPUS VS PTERACUDA
Among the gonzo shark films fad, the Sharktopus films count as some of the most miserably cheap. Which is a shame as Roger Corman has on countless occasions proved himself a master at copying other peoples fads and offering up low-budget copies. Here he seems to have miscalculated and turned out two of the sorriest efforts to be found filling this particular niche. Even The Asylum, who make a virtue of their penny-pinching, are turning out far better and more amusing gonzo shark films. Not to mention that they get the balance of tongue-in-cheek absurdity right far better than anything here, which leaves you unsure if it is being serious or not.
Sharktopus vs Pteracuda is a film that fails to establish a conviction on almost every level and frequently just doesnt seem to be even trying. The effects count as some of the shittiest in the entire gonzo killer shark fad. The script is subpar even for these films. Robert Carradine gets into the past, while Rib Hillis presents a handsome stolidity. On the other hand, there are very broad comic caricatures from Henssy Pichardo and Hector Then. The one area that does work is the title battles. The effects are completely crap but at least you have to commend Kevin ONeill, a former visual effects supervisor, of staging the fights well. The one scene (purportedly directed by Corman himself) that gets the spirit of what these shark films should be is where talkshow host Conan OBrien turns up playing an asshole version of himself, only to get his head bitten off and the severed head then tossed about by a beach volleyball team.
This was subsequently followed by a further sequel Sharktopus vs Whalewolf (2015).
Kevin ONeill has been a visual effects supervisor usually with Flat Earth Productions. He has directed several other films for Cormans New Horizons with Dinocroc (2004), Dinoshark (2010), Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012) and Dracano (2013), as well as Sharktopus vs Whalewolf.