Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)

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1.0 Overall Score
Story: 1/10
Acting: 1/10
Visuals: 1/10

The trailer


Movie Info

Movie Name: Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

Studio: The Asylum

Genre(s): Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror/B-Movies

Release Date(s): May 19, 2009

MPAA Rating: R


First Magneto…now Mega Shark. The Golden Gate Bridge gets no love.

Two ancient enemies have been unleashed from an ice shelf where they were frozen thousands of years before.  Now it is up to Emma MacNeil (Deborah Gibson), Dr. Seiji Shimada (Nick Chao), and Lamar Sanders (Sean Lawlor) working with government liaison Allan Baxter (Lorenzo Lamas) to stop the giant shark and giant octopus before they kill any more people.  If they can’t be studied, they must be killed, and if the government can’t kill them, hopefully, they’ll kill each other.

The writer Jack Perez (who also directed under the name Ace Hannah) probably had one of the best marketed movies ever for a modern B-Movie…Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus!!!  The movie trailer showing the two computer generated monsters went viral, simply because of the cheese factor of the movie.  Grandiose images of the mega-shark taking down planes even made it to major news organizations which reported on the speed at which the trailer became a top view online.  The trailer however was the best part of the movie.


Don’t get use to seeing me…Apparently the giant octopus is very reclusive…

It isn’t like you go into Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus with grand expectation of an Oscar winning plot or special effects that rival the big blockbusters, but you do expect it to be fun.  Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus is anything but fun.  It is so bad that it doesn’t even reach bad-good level where you are having fun laughing at what is going on in the movie.  It is just bad-bad.

The special effects are pretty much non-existent.  If you saw the trailer, you see just about as much of the mega shark and giant octopus that you will see if you watch the movie.  Apparently, animating an octopus proved to be more difficult than animating a shark because the octopus rarely shows up in the movie (it’s off in Japan fighting the Japanese most of the movie).  The big “rumble” at the end, was pretty much the same clip over and over again of the shark being squeezed by the octopus and biting it.  Mostly the movie is made up of establishing shots and weird flashes of light to indicate that something is going on.


Hey guys…lets do more generic science stuff…Our experiments could change the world…maybe we could make electric youth!

A majority of the movie was devoted to those wacky scientists trying to find the shark and the racist Lorenzo Lamas fighting them all the way.  In most movies when a character like Lorenzo Lamas just is kind of evil and obnoxious, you expect a horrible (but fun) death…no such luck…he lives.  In fact, hardly anyone dies.  Debbie Gibson (sorry Deborah Gibson…now I take her seriously) has a really bad romance with Nick Chao after about ten minutes of them staring at test tubes doing generic science stuff.

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus is quite a disappointment because it could have been a lot of fun.  If the producers hadn’t opted for computer animation, maybe it would have been the b-movie that everyone was looking for with more octopus, more shark, less talking.  The movie has spawned a sequel Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus, but it also has created multiple other “big monster” movies at low budgets (my favorite is Sharktopus) and given the Syfy Network hours of programming.

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