French film poster
|Directed by||Lamberto Bava (credited as John Old Jr.)
Bruno Mattei (2nd unit director) (credited as Gilbert Roussel)
|Produced by||Mino Loy|
|Written by||Gianfranco Clerici (screenplay)
Lamberto Bava (additional material)
|Music by||Guido De Angelis
Maurizio De Angelis (credited as Antony Barrymore)
|Cinematography||Giancarlo Ferrando (credited as John McFerrand)|
|Edited by||Roberto Sterbini (credited as Bob Wheeler)|
|Release dates||September 7, 1984 (Italy)
January 23, 1985 (France)
November 14, 1986 (USA)
|Running time||90 minutes (USA)
94 minutes (Germany)
Monster Shark (French: Le Monstre de l'océan rouge, Italian: Shark - Rosso nell'oceano; also known as Shark: Red on the Ocean, Devouring Waves and Devil Fish) is a 1984 Italian-French natural horror film, and one of several environmental disaster films to emerge following the success of the 1975 film Jaws, including films such as: Great White, Orca, Piranha, Killer Fish and Tintorera.
The film takes place along a stretch of coastline somewhere in Florida in the United States, where a local tourist spot has become plagued by a mysterious marine creature. Little do they know, the monster is the product of a secret military experiment — a genetic hybrid mutated from a common octopus and the prehistoric super-predator Dunkleosteus. Unfortunately, the creature has broken loose, and is now feeding on swimmers and tourists swimming or sailing along the coast. Also, the monster is only an infant, and will continue to grow if it is left to hunt much longer.
A team of scientists led by a scientist named Peter and his colleague, Dr. Stella Dickens, are trying to find the creature and stop it, but a group of military scientists are trying to stop them, as the experiment was classified and is military business. Both groups are slowly picked off by the creature while they try to track it down. They eventually find that it is hiding in the Everglades and manage to corner it in shallow waters and kill it with repeated blasts from flamethrowers. At the end, Peter tells Stella that he has finally decided to take a vacation. When she asks where they are going, he tells her "the mountains". The ending is a freeze-frame shot.
- Michael Sopkiw – Peter
- Valentine Monnier – Dr. Stella Dickens
- Gianni Garko – Sheriff Gordon
- William Berger – Professor Donald West
- Iris Peynado – Sandra Hayes
- Lawrence Morgant – Dr. Bob Hogan
- Cinzia de Ponti – Florinda
- Paul Branco – Dr. Davis Barker
- Dagmar Lassander – Sonja West
Monster Shark received generally negative reviews from critics. As of January 2013[update], the IMDB rated the film in 61st place on their Bottom 100 list, but later it came out of the rankings. Popcorn Pictures only gave the film marks for its artwork stating that "it could be a cure for insomnia". Bava's direction, however, was praised.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
On August 15, 1998, Monster Shark, under its alternative title of Devil Fish, was featured on an episode of the movie-mocking television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, on which it was spoofed for its poor acting and erratic editing. One scene of this film contains a brief glimpse of a male character's genitals, which the Sci-Fi Channel censored by superimposing the MST3K logo, and like all the R-rated movies shown on the show, there were two key death scenes removed.
Sharktopus is a SyFy not declared remake of the Bava's film, produced in 2010 by Roger Corman, directed by Declan O'Brien and starring Eric Roberts. In the story, the U.S. Navy commissions a group known as "Blue Water" to genetically engineer a half-shark, half-octopus for combat. During a demonstration attacking drug traffickers off of Santa Monica, the beast called the Sharktopus escapes the control of its creators and makes its way to Puerto Vallarta. Hunted by Blue Water and a television crew, the monster attacks numerous beach-goers. Sharktopus is eventually defeated by detonating explosives embedded in its brain.
- "Devil Fish (1984)". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- "IMDb Charts: IMDb Bottom 100". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- "Monster Shark (1984)". Popcorn Pictures. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- "Sampo" (April 1, 2010). "Episode guide: 911 – Devil Fish". Satellite News. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- Monster Shark at the Internet Movie Database
- Review of Monster Shark at The Hotspot Online
- Review of Monster Shark at Popcorn Pictures