"Sharktopus" was on the SyFy channel last night. As you might guess from the title, it's about some kind of horrible half-shark, half-octopus creature. Here's an appropriately cheesy trailer, which just about captures everything about the movie. I mean, it's got the head/mouth of a shark and the body of an octopus, and the military engineered it as an aquatic weapon. What could possibly go wrong?
I caught the last 40 minutes or so of this after the end of the Oregon-Arizona State football game. I remember having been burned once by stupid SyFy movies, so I did not have high expectations for this.
Everything you might suspect was true -- the sharktopus looked ridiculous, like a giant version of those mylar balloons at the supermarket. The acting was horrendous, with Eric Roberts having completed his descent from once brilliant gifted thespian to self-parody. The dialogue was atrocious, and the blood and gore was over the top; lots of heads exploded.
Despite all that, it was curiously watchable for a late Saturday night with nothing else on. I think I now have a sense of what the original audience for "Plan 9 From Outer Space" felt like.