Italian theatrical release poster by Enzo Sciotti
|Directed by||Lamberto Bava|
|Music by||Fabio Frizzi|
|Edited by||Roberto Sterbini|
|Distributed by||DLF Distribution Lanciamento Film|
Monster Shark (Italian: Shark - Rosso nell'oceano) is a science fiction-horror film directed by Lamberto Bava. It was also released in various countries as Devil Fish, Monster from the Red Ocean, Devouring Waves and Shark: Red in the Ocean. The script was co-written by Dardano Sacchetti, based on a story idea contributed by Luigi Cozzi and producer Sergio Martino.
The film takes place along a stretch of coastline somewhere in Florida, where a local tourist spot has become plagued by a mysterious marine creature. Unbeknownst to them, the monster is the product of a secret military experiment; it is a genetic hybrid mutated from a common octopus and the prehistoric Dunkleosteus. Unfortunately, the creature has broken loose, and is now feeding on swimmers and tourists swimming or sailing along the coast. As the monster is only an infant, it 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; meanwhile, a group of military scientists are trying to stop the scientists, as the experiment was classified 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.
- Michael Sopkiw as Peter
- Valentine Monnier as Dr. Stella Dickens
- Gianni Garko as Sheriff Gordon
- William Berger as Professor Donald West
- Iris Peynado as Sandra Hayes
- Lawrence Morgant as Dr. Bob Hogan
- Cinzia de Ponti as Florinda
- Paul Branco as Dr. Davis Barker
- Dagmar Lassander as Sonja West
“Monster Shark” was released in Italy on September 7, 1984, and in France on January 23, 1985. It wouldn’t see a theatrical release in the United States until November 14 of 1986, when it was released as “Devil Fish", from the defunct US movie distributor Cinema Shares International Distribution. It only had a brief run in US theaters and drive-ins similarly to how his other film, Blastfighter, was released the year prior. His other film Demons co-written and produced by Dario Argento, was also released the same year as “Monster Shark” in the US months prior, and was more successful one than the other two films.
TV Guide called it "wholly amateurish" and criticized the film's unconvincing monster. Star Michael Sopkiw attributes the film's flaws and negative reviews to the production's limited budget, saying that Lamberto Bava was a great director.[unreliable source?]
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.[unreliable source?] One scene of this film contains a brief glimpse of a male character's genitals, the show censored by superimposing the MST3K logo, and two key death scenes were removed.[original research?]
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