“You just unleashed an eight-legged, man-eating shark on the world!”
“A minor setback.”
Absurdly-titled, cheaply produced and executed with tongue firmly in cheek (because it’s just too hard to take it seriously), this made-for-cable film is another in the “Roger Corman Presents” line of B-movie creature features made for the SyFy Channel. Eric Roberts is the token name actor on hard times recruited to give the film a pose of legitimacy and he hams it up with a half smirk that at least suggests he’s having a good time.
“Sharktopus” opens on the title creature (tag line: “Half-shark. Half octopus. All killer.”) already sluicing through the waters off the California coast, a genetic hybrid designed for the Defense Department in a hush-hush program by modern mad scientist Nathan Sands (Roberts), head honcho of the knowingly-titled Bluewater. Trouble begins when it slips off its electronic collar and goes on a killing spree, thanks to a little genetic tinkering to up the aggressiveness of the ridiculous creature. While his brainy scientist daughter (Sara Malakul Lane, a sexy Thailand celebrity in a pair of librarian glasses) teams up with a frat-boy of a mercenary (Kerem Bursin) to subdue the creature (“But don’t kill it,” demands Nathan), a journalist rushes to scoop the rest of the media world with an exclusive and lots of bystanders get manhandled, torn asunder and bitten in half, all within the bounds of Saturday night TV boundaries. Roger Corman, the man known as the King of the Bs, has successfully remade himself into the most popular producer of PG-rated creature features for the SyFy Channel.