Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)
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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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
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Critic Reviews for Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
How could one hate a film where a giant shark jumps out of the sea and brings down a plane?
If ever there was a film that seemed designed with Mystery Science Theater 3000 in mind, this is it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This film is bad on every level. In fact, it's bad on levels hitherto unexplored by mainstream cinema.
What a drag. This grabby-titled disaster flick - splashing across the pond on a tidal wave of chuckly publicity - is a damp squib.
They fight, and look rubbish, and one eats an aircraft. Is bad the new good? I wish. Sometimes bad is just tacky.
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.
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.
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.
So simplistically done that it makes you feel like you could make a better movie than this on your home computer
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.
With a bigger special effects budget Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus would be a guaranteed cult classic in the making.
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 . .More
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?'.
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.More
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