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Sharktopus (2010) Review

Sharktopus is a 2010 American horror comedy film directed by Declan O’Brien and starring Eric Roberts, Sara Malakul Lane, and Robert Carradine. The film tells the story of a genetically engineered half-shark, half-octopus monster that goes on a rampage after escaping from its captors.

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised the film’s cheesy B-movie fun, while others criticized its cheap production values and lack of scares. However, Sharktopus has become a cult classic among horror fans, and has spawned several sequels.

Sharktopus is truly one of those movies that is so awful it’s amazing. The concept of a half shark, half octopus is a bit bewildering but it actually works quite well. First off this is a Roger Corman feature so you know things aren’t going to be that serious and thankfully Sharktopus knows where it stands in things.

The CGI is awful, the acting is woeful and the pacing is awkward, but there’s some magic going on with Sharktopus that actually makes it real fun. There’s some comical moments that re-enforce the idea that this movie is made for laughs more than scares and in that sense Sharktopus wins. Hence it’s pretty light on gore and there is no nudity at all, though there’s plenty of bikini girls going around. It has the look and feel of a Sy-Fy movie which isn’t strange considering it is a Sy-Fy movie, though it is getting released on blu-ray soon for anybody wanting some HD sharky goodness.

The cast is fairly average to be honest, they got Eric Roberts doing one of the leads and yes he puts in a decent performance but everybody else is just pretty sub par. I suppose it’s tough to get all serious about making a movie called Sharktopus, I mean it’s not like doing Shakespeare. Anyways, I’m gonna give this one a solid thumbs up for laughs. DO NOT go into viewing this movie with a serious mind on.. you will not be scared, intrigued or whatever. Sharktopus deserves to be watched with beer and some buddies.

If you’re a fan of B-movie schlock, then Sharktopus is definitely worth checking out. The film is full of cheap thrills and over-the-top gore, and is sure to keep you entertained from start to finish. However, if you’re looking for a truly scary horror film, then you might want to give Sharktopus a miss.


A genetic experiment gone wrong produces a half-shark, half-octopus creature, which terrorizes the residents of a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico.

The film opens with a team of scientists led by Dr. Nathan Madison (Eric Roberts) working on a secret project to create a hybrid animal for the military. They have successfully spliced the DNA of a shark and an octopus to create a creature they call “Sharktopus.”

However, when the beast escapes and starts attacking people, Dr. Madison must race to find it and stop it before it destroys everything and everyone in its path.

The film follows the Sharktopus as it goes on a rampage, killing anything and everything in sight. It’s up to Dr. Madison and his team to stop the creature before it’s too late.

The film is full of action, suspense, and gore, and is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Movie Details

Director: Declan O’Brien
Writer: Mike MacClean
Actors: Eric Roberts, Sara Malakul Lane, Kerem Bursin, Héctor Jiménez
Release Year: 2010