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Written by Mike MacLean
Directed by Declan O'Brien
Starring Eric Roberts
Music by Tom Hiel
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English

Roger Corman
Julie Corman co-producer Robert Roessel

co-producer Stephen Niver
Editor(s) Vikram Kale
Running time 89 mins.
Original network Syfy
Original release September 25, 2010 (2010-09-25)
Followed by Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda
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Sharktopus is a 2010 SyFy original horror/science fiction film produced by Roger Corman, directed by Declan O'Brien, and starring Eric Roberts.[1] It is the first film in the Sharktopus franchise.


The U.S. Navy commissions a group known as "Blue Water" to genetically engineer a half-shark, half-octopus for combat. During a demonstration by Dr. Nathan Sands (Eric Roberts) where the creature is attacking drug traffickers off of Santa Monica, the creature called Sharktopus escapes the control of its creators and makes its way to Puerto Vallarta. Hunted by Blue Water and a television crew, Sharktopus attacks numerous beach-goers including a woman on the beach with a metal detector as a man walking on the beach sees that and after she is taken, he leans over and picks up an old coin and bites it to see if it is real. Then Dr. Sands is killed by the creature's sharp tentacles. The news woman Stacy, and her cameraman Bones are also killed. Sharktopus is eventually defeated by detonating explosives embedded in its brain.



On Rotten Tomatoes, Sharktopus has a 50% approval rating from critics, based on 6 reviews.[2]

Home media[edit]

Sharktopus was released to DVD and Blu-ray on March 15, 2011.

A limited edition soundtrack album containing Tom Hiel's musical score to Sharktopus was released by BSX Records in 2012, and is available on CD and digital mp3.


A similarly themed movie, Piranhaconda, was released in 2012.

Two official sequels called Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda, which was released on August 2, 2014, and Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf,[3] which premiered on July 19, 2015 during Sharknado Week on the SyFy Channel.[4]

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