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I do not know who had the brilliant idea of making a movie that is just like Jaws, but without a shark but an octopus. The story is a cheap copy, the actors are awful and the special effects are terrible. I would not recommend anything.
Sort of a kick, easy watching, beast killing people and the like. Fun in a way!
Wow. Tentacles is awful. It's amazing to me how often this obvious Jaws copycat misses the mark. This movie features bad acting, a disjointed storyline, sloppy cinematography and a soundtrack that makes you wish the octopus could reach out from the screen and rip off your ears. MST3K, if you're listening, this movie deserves your attention.
If you called Fonda's performance wooden, ventriloquist dummies would be insulted. Huston and Akins believable. Bo Hopkins, wow. Shelley Winters as the walkie talkie hysterical helicopter mom is sublimely cliche. The italian actors bring that disconnected sound and feel usually found in a "Spaghetti Western" when their lips are moving even when they speak English. The long stretches of nothing happening with music that doesn't match the non-action is classic in its awfulness. The octopus sounding like Darth Vader's breathing is a nice touch.
Schlocky jaws rip-off, but it has some great creature tricks and the score (while over the top) is fun.
Sloppy story, with minimal monster action and dull characters. The creature effects aren't handled too poorly, but they don't lead up to any great scenes. The ending is rather silly yet relevant.
This movie is fascinating and obnoxious, but mostly just terrible. It starts off pretty well as just a generic animals attack movie that blatantly rips off Jaws. There were plenty of them at the time and this had some promise. Midway through though, the movie starts to become blatantly Italian schlock with some annoying music looped over and over while characters are muted and the editor seems to be messing around on purpose cutting to unnecessary freeze frames, long drawn out shots that aren't even in focus, and even a shot of a woman picking her nose that was not played for laughs, but probably something that came upon in the footage. This movie is like a bad joke where the filmmakers gave up halfway through.
It's amazing that the cast share between them six Oscars. I would never give this movie a recommendation, but it had me laughing at time with the bizarre edits and use of miniature models. It even has a whale vs. octopus fight done by ramming a toy killer whale multiple times into a live octopus. It's both cruel and hilarious.
for the 1970s it's good
People in the 70's could not decide if this was a squid or an octopus. Make up your mind. This was a stinker for sure.
As these things go not as bad as Avalanche or The Swarm but still no great shakes with the big name cast members strictly collecting a paycheck.