If you've ever watched the SyFy channel, then you know that on the weekends, you get two choices, mega-disaster movies or mega-monster movies. Well, if you grew up (like I did) watching Saturday Afternoon horror movies, then you probably have a soft spot in your heart (and your skull) for these movies...especially the monster movies. So, when I got to see Sharktopus, at first I was ambivalent, but soon, I found this schlocky, weird, self-aware movie growing on me...like 8 strange arms!
Now, if you're looking for something new and innovative, just walk away now. But, if you enjoy some retro-style, over-the-top monster movies....then here we go! The government has been working on a new 'weapon', combining a shark and an octopus into a controlled killing machine. It's controlled by an electronic device embedded into the top of it's head....and, if you don't see this coming, then you need to watch more of these movies. The device is damaged during testing, the sharktopus escapes and soon, it's running rampant up and down the coast of an unidentified tourist resort, eating people and leaving destruction in it's wake! Now, the government, island police and scientists are all trying to capture or kill our mutated hero.
The most fun I had with Sharktopus was noticing that, probably due to low budget and time constraints, the monster continually changes sizes depending on what the story requires it to do. Changing from large enough to take down a boat to just big enough to fit a woman's legs in it's mouth! Once you understand that this movie, and the people in it and making it, all seem to realize that Sharktopus isn't going to win any awards, and have decided to just have some fun, then you, the audience, can sit back, relax and just enjoy the insanity that is Sharktopus!!!
I'm giving Sharktopus two ratings, if you enjoy the insanity that can be low budget monster movies, then Sharktopus is a 4 out of 4 cigars. If you can't stand these 'just for fun' movies, then it gets a 1 out of 4 cigars. Personally, I not only enjoyed it, but can't wait to share it with the younger generation, this is definitely a throwback to the kinds of movies that Sir Graves Ghastly would have shown on Saturday afternoon for those of us who wanted to stay in and enjoy the show....kids today, don't know what they're missing! So, if you have or know kids, rent Sharktopus, pop some afternoon popcorn, pull the curtains and sit back, relax and enjoy the crazy shark with 8 legs who doesn't like humanity very much!