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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
Editor(s) Vikram Kale
Running time 89 mins.
Original network Syfy
Original release September 25, 2010 (2010-09-25)
Followed by Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda

Sharktopus is a 2010 SyFy original horror/science fiction film produced by Roger Corman, directed by Declan O'Brien, and starring Eric Roberts.[1]


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. Then Dr. Sands is killed by the creature's sharp tentacles. 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.


In an interview with, producer Roger Corman said that he may do a sequel to the film.[3] 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,[4] which premiered on July 19, 2015 during Sharknado Week on the SyFy Channel.[5] A Sharknado 4 is in development.

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