Tentacles (film)

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Ttentacles - Film 1977.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
Directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis
(as Oliver Hellman)
Produced by Ovidio G. Assonitis
Enzo Doria
Written by Steven W. Carabatsos
Tito Carpi
Jerome Max
Sonia Molteni
Starring John Huston
Shelley Winters
Bo Hopkins
Henry Fonda
Music by Stelvio Cipriani
Cinematography Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli
Edited by Angelo Curi
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release dates
  • 25 February 1977 (1977-02-25) (Italy)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Italy
United States
Language English
Budget $750,000
Box office $3,000,000

Tentacles (Italian title: Tentacoli) is a 1977 Italian-American horror film directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis and starring John Huston, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins and Henry Fonda. Although the film was intended to cash in on the success of Jaws,[1] Tentacles also bears numerous resemblances to the 1955 science fiction horror film It Came from Beneath the Sea.[2]


Ocean Beach, a seaside tourist resort, has come under attack by a giant octopus, which captures and devours human swimmers and boaters, picking the skeletons clean of flesh and bone marrow. Marine expert Will Gleason (Hopkins) and crusading newspaper reporter Ned Turner (Huston) suspect the construction of an underwater tunnel by the Trojan company, owned by Mr. Whitehead (Fonda). Trojan has been using radio signals that have been "above regulated levels", somehow maddening the octopus and causing it to attack human beings. In the end, the octopus is killed by Gleason's pair of killer whales.



The film was produced to capitalize on the success of Steven Spielberg's Jaws.[3]

The film's score was done by Italian composer Stelvio Cipriani, who scored the similarly Jaws-inspired films The Great Alligator and Piranha II: The Spawning around the same time.


It was released theatrically by American International Pictures in Italy on February 25, 1977,[4] and in the United States on August 3, 1977.[5]

The film was released on DVD by MGM in 2005 as part of their Midnite Movies series. The disc was a double feature release, pairing the film with Empire of the Ants.[6][7]

The film grossed $3,000,000.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kim Newman. Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011, p. 93. ISBN 9780786435562. 
  2. ^ William Schoell. Creature Features: Nature Turned Nasty in the Movies. McFarland, 2008, p. 139. ISBN 9780786435562. 
  3. ^ Tentacles at the MGM Archive
  4. ^ "Cinema a Roma - Tentacoli (prima)" (PDF) (in Italian). unita.it. Retrieved Jul 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Movies Around Town - Tentacles". New York Magazine. Retrieved Jul 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Empire Of The Ants / Tentacles (DVD)". dvddrive-in.com. Retrieved Jul 3, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Tentacles (1977) suckered me thirty years ago". blackholereviews.blogspot.it. Retrieved Jul 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ Richard Nowell. 'Blood Money: A History of the First Teen Slasher Film Cycle. Continuum, 2011, p. 257. ISBN 9781441143167. 

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