Greetings, readers! If you’re like me, you derive a definite pleasure, guilty or not, from Sci-Fi/SyFy Channel’s Original Movies — those creature-features that vary wildly from being “so bad it’s good” to “so bad it hurts.” Roger Corman, that lovable king of cheapo cinema, has recently gotten in on the act, executively producing such instant “clas-sicks” as DINOSHARK and SHARKTOPUS, a film that set the Internet aflame with interest. It debuted on television in September, 2010, to a record 2.5 million viewers.
Well now you can watch SHARKTOPUS any time you damn well please, my brothers and sisters of the Psychotronic World! On March 15th, SHARKTOPUS is being released on DVD (for $19.98 SRP) and Blu-Ray ($24.99) by Anchor Bay Entertainment. We here at the Blood Sprayer were fortunate enough to received an advanced copy, and it fell to me to give it a looky-loo.
As far as the DVD itself goes, it’s pretty bare-bones, with just the film, an optional commentary by Roger and Julie Corman, and no booklet or anything of the sort in the DVD case. Kind of a bummer there, but on the other hand, I don’t know what else to include in terms of DVD extras. Still, it’s a bit light for a $20 price tag. It’s really the sort of DVD you expect to carry a $10-$12 price tag.
As for the film itself…well, it’s better then most of the pap SyFy has foisted on us lately. Certainly better then such turds as PTERODACTYL or that over-hyped let-down MEGA SHARK VS. GIANT OCTOPUS, particularly in that notorious tight-fisted pennypincher Corman spent the funds for more than 5 minutes of monster footage, looped throughout the film. We actually see a fairly generous amount of Sharktopus throughout the film.
What we don’t see is blood. For a murder-hungry monster, the Sharktopus leaves very little of the red stuff in its wake. Even when biting a bikini babe in half, there’s no blood! And that, my friends, is a disappointment.
Overall, I found SHARKTOPUS to be a fun flick, though the DVD is a little bare-bones for the asking price. Your mileage, however, may vary.