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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
Producer(s) Roger Corman
Julie Corman
Robert Roessel
Stephen Niver
Editor(s) Vikram Kale
Running time 89 minutes
Original network Syfy
Original release September 25, 2010 (2010-09-25)
Followed by Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda
Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf
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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 a Sharktopus, escapes the control of its creators and makes its way to Puerto Vallarta. Hunted by Blue Water and a television crew, the Sharktopus attacks numerous beachgoers, including a woman on the beach with a metal detector. A man walking on the beach sees the woman's death and after she is taken by the Sharktopus, he leans over, 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 Everheart, and her cameraman Bones are also killed. The Sharktopus is eventually killed by detonating explosives embedded in its brain.



On Rotten Tomatoes, Sharktopus has a 57% approval rating, based on reviews from 7 critics.[2]

Kevin Carr of 7M Pictures described it as "cinematic junk food" and gave it 3.5 out of 5.[3] Annalee Newitz of io9 wrote "Sharktopus represents both your guilt, and the assuaging of it, all in one tasty morsel" and called it the Inception of giant monster movies.[4]

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,[5] which premiered on July 19, 2015 during Sharknado Week on the SyFy Channel.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sharktopus overview, "The New York Times"
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  3. ^ Kevin Carr (October 14, 2013). "Sharktopus". 7M Pictures. 
  4. ^ Annalee Newitz (May 23, 2018). ""Sharktopus" is the "Inception" of giant monster movies". 
  5. ^ "'Sharktopus' On Syfy: A Pteracuda And A Mermantula Are On Their Way". Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  6. ^ TV By The Numbers (2015-07-15). "Syfy Announces 'Sharknado Week' Schedule | TV By The Numbers by | Page 431493". Retrieved 2015-12-23. 

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