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Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: With shoddy FX, acting and directing. This isn't so bad it's good. It's just so bad it's terrible.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 1
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 1


Average Rating: 2.1/5
User Ratings: 52,785



Movie Info

When two enormous prehistoric creatures contend for supremacy of the sea, the California coast becomes the setting for a showdown that's been centuries in the making. Lorenzo Lamas and Deborah Gibson star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

R (for some language)
Action & Adventure , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
May 26, 2009
The Asylum - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (17) | DVD (1)

How could one hate a film where a giant shark jumps out of the sea and brings down a plane?

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Mega Swindle vs Giant Rip-Off

Full Review… | March 1, 2011
What Culture

If ever there was a film that seemed designed with Mystery Science Theater 3000 in mind, this is it.

Full Review… | April 14, 2010

a goofy if not entertaining piece of filmmaking

Full Review… | January 9, 2010
7M Pictures

The risible special effects and the clumsy acting recall not Roger Corman productions but the ineptitude of Ed Wood, though the result is far less endearing.

Full Review… | August 11, 2009
Observer [UK]

How this ever got released is a mystery. Unwatchable, almost unreviewable, this stupid monster movie makes the Bela Lugosi swan song Plan 9 from Outer Space look like a masterpiece.

Full Review… | August 11, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

Like a feud between Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole, you don't care who wins, but it's fun to watch. Alas, the preceding 80 minutes aren't. Great title, lousy film.

Full Review… | August 11, 2009
Daily Mirror [UK]

Daft, plain daft. With a few daft but spectacular stunts.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Empire Magazine

Perez's film ought to be an hour-and-a-half of beery, dumb-ass fun. Instead it has the weary air of a genuinely disastrous disaster movie. Size, it seems, matters after all.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009

This film is bad on every level. In fact, it's bad on levels hitherto unexplored by mainstream cinema.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Times [UK]

What a drag. This grabby-titled disaster flick - splashing across the pond on a tidal wave of chuckly publicity - is a damp squib.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009

They fight, and look rubbish, and one eats an aircraft. Is bad the new good? I wish. Sometimes bad is just tacky.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Daily Telegraph

For those of you familiar with the trailer, you may as well stop here because you've already seen the best bits, pretty much in their entirety.

August 7, 2009
Little White Lies

Shonky script, shonky FX, shonky acting, and less money than Michael Bay gets out of bed for make this a disappointment after the chuckles generated from that hilarious promo on YouTube.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Sky Movies

The acting is terrible (and not in a good way), the script is boring and if you've seen the trailer you've already seen all the effects shots.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009

So simplistically done that it makes you feel like you could make a better movie than this on your home computer

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Shadows on the Wall

So bad, it's gone past good, hung a left at awful, went screaming down hackwork highway for 50 miles and ended up somewhere in the vicinity of terrible- but-actually-quite-good-fun.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
News of the World

Better than Transformers 2!

Full Review… | July 13, 2009
Sci-Fi Movie Page

With a bigger special effects budget Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus would be a guaranteed cult classic in the making.

Full Review… | June 25, 2009

Schlock may be an acquired taste, like caviar, foie gras, and Arby's, but it's hard to see how anyone wouldn't enjoy this extremely tacky dish.

Full Review… | May 18, 2009

Audience Reviews for Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus


This was one of the funniest movies ive seen in a long time. Wonderful for its hilarity . . what its not suppose to be funny?I guess 3 1/2 might be too much . .

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Give Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus a bigger budget and it would still be rubbish. The real problem here is the direction. The acting is pretty bad but this can sometimes be forgivable, it's the fact that the actors are given terrible lines and the camera just lingers for no good reason is why this film is so bad. The CGI might be of the worst quality but the Shark and the Squid both out-acted the cast! It's B-Movie gold but completely unwatchable. The editing makes no sense at all, the weird jumpy lens flares that switched from colour to black and white, and then fast forwarded and rewound during every montage beggar belief! It's a stupidly fun idea but this is a 'The Asylum' film. Cheap, tacky and all about the trailers. Shame really as there are few things of quality here, I liked the idea of mixing two fears (Sharks and Flying - Shark eats Airplane) in particular. Still, on the plus side it answers the question we've all been asking since 1989, 'What ever happened to Debbie Gibson?'.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


It's hard to believe that a movie with a concept this good, could fail to be entertaining on every conceivable level, but somehow this does.

Graham Willis
Graham Willis

Super Reviewer

They say this is the best asylum movie. I ask how?

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