In 2010, legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman (The Little Shop of Horrors, Death Race 2000) teamed up with the Syfy channel to bring to life the true king of the seas: the Sharktopus. Half shark and half octopus, the hybrid was commissioned by the U.S. Navy to be used as a biological weapon. It's tentacles allow it to traverse land, making it an inescapable killing machine.
The original Sharktopus movie didn't sit well with critics, but overall the film was a ratings success. Fans were enamored with the monster, if not the storyline. A followup film titled Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda launched on Syfy last year, upping the ante significantly with the addition of a second hybrid. Roger Corman is determined to outdo himself this year, with the launch of the third film in the series: Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf.
Roger Corman has just released the official trailer for Sharktopus Vs. Whalewolf, which you can view above. The trailer confirms that the film has embraced its inherent campiness, injecting the gruesome action with a healthy dose of humor. The trailer also gives viewers their first look at the Whalewolf, which looks like it borrows heavily from Syfy series Being Human (with a lower budget).
The film takes place in the Caribbean, where the Sharktopus has once again reared its ugly head. Dr. Reinhardt (Catherine Oxenberg), a mad scientist researching an ancient fossil of indeterminate origin, happens to be conducting her work in the same area. When her experiments unleash the mighty Whalewolf, the two creatures battle it out for supremacy while humanity runs for cover.
The film will be launched during Syfy's "Sharknado Week," which runs from July 18th through the 25th and will consist of a half dozen shark-related original movies. The event will also serve as a springboard for the launch of Syfy's upcoming film Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
This isn't a film that's going to change the course of cinema, but it's got all of the components that fans of the series are looking for. There's going to be enough gore, humor, and bad special effects in this two-hour block of programming to satisfy anyone whose interest is peaked by the title. Embracing the "so bad it's good" mentality has worked well for the franchise so far and the series doesn't show signs of stopping. Maybe next we'll get a chance to see the rumored Sharknado Vs. Mermantula (part man, part fish, part tarantula).
It's nice to see that despite Syfy's commitment to more serious original programming, the B-movies and mockbusters that fans have come to love over the years still have a place on the channel.
Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf premieres on Syfy on Sunday July 19th at 9/8c.
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