Sunday, March 4, 2012
I don't think I've ever really seen a good review or even heard anyone say anything positive about this JAWS-rip-off flick but I didn't think it was all that bad. Maybe I've seen too many shitty Italian JAWS-rip-off movies already but to me this one was an interesting mish-mosh of different elements mixed together in a 70's style soup of exploitation cheese that I enjoyed for what it was. It's an Italian/American co-production directed by a guy who would make similar semi-entertaining dreck like BEYOND THE DOOR and PIRANHA 2 and it stars a bunch of Hollywood types who had seen better days which gives it that TV-movie of the week feel(and I do love star-studded 70's TV-movies!). There's Shelley Winters, Henry Fonda, John Huston, Crazy Lee from THE WILD BUNCH(Bo Hopkins) and Sheriff Lobo himself Claude Akins. Some of the FX look decent especially when they use a real octopus and you get an octopus versus a killer whale finale which was pretty neat. An added bonus is a baby getting killed which I can't imagine happens in too many other PG-rated movies.