Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus In Stores Now

This review is from Zacery Nova a sixteen year old website designer and writer protege who received a screener copy of "Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus." To coincide with todays release of "Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus," Zacery shares some of his experiences from the screening, which stars Mikos Zavros, Lorenzo Lamas, and Sean Lawlor. Please note some of the original text has been edited. For a full unedited edition of the review and a look at Zacery Nova's horror blog visit the link after the review. For now enjoy the highlights of this creature feature review that finds similarities with the hit show "CSI: Miami," and talks of the reappearance of Debbie Gibson on screen in her role as Emma MacNeil.

Director: Jack Perez

Writer: Jack Perez.

"Imagine, if you will, that the people behind "CSI: Miami," decided to film a low-budget creature feature in the style of old. Except this time they are pitting two creatures against one another. I ask you to think about this because The Asylums “Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus,” was just like that, as it was an episode of "CSI: Miami." There were weird flashes on screen, a few of those shots where they speed up time as well as numerous montages and not only that, but just like "CSI: Miami," there were lingering scenes on sunsets, animals, buildings and nice scenery.

The characters that inhabit this film are also very "CSI: Miami," like, they are all quite pretty with amusing quirks. The lead actress as Emma MacNeil is an 80s teen icon, and her real name is Deborah Gibson. She was actually very proficient in this film. I do not know what it was about her, but she seemed to be channeling a sort of Sandra Bullock styled adorable screw-up. She just kept reminding me of Gracie Lou Freebush in "Miss Congeniality."

The film is mainly supposed to be a ‘geek show’ and it works as that, which is fine. But, I have read a couple of reviews that complained about the use of stock footage, repeated CGI shots and repetitive sets. What we all need to realize is that this is not a multi-million-dollar movie. It is a relatively entertaining straight-to-DVD creature feature with a couple of groovy scenes, some amusing characters and a marginally interesting story. On top of that, there was a scene involving the carcass of a creature that looked so realistic! It was only when I watched the behind-the-scenes feature, which is entertainment in itself, that I realized how they did it. I really liked the scene when the octopus attacked the oil thingamajig too.

I would say "Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus," is definitely worth a rental. Find some friends, drink some beer, eat some popcorn, laugh when you are supposed to and mock gasp when you are meant to. The Asylum was never going to produce Shakespearean theatre, unless that is their next venture, but it is worth a watch. If this was made in the ‘80s, you would all eat it up."

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Unknown said...

Fifteen, really? Sixteen dude, when you're a teenager that extra year is all important (plus I'm 17 in four months).

PS: Thanks for crediting me :D

- Zac

Michael Allen said...

Sixteen, really? I have not heard you mentioning driving yet. Time to get the ol' driver's license.

Unknown said...

Can you drive at sixteen here?! Awesome. Mind you, you have to do driving lessons and a test - I've got enough on my plate!

- Zac

coffee fan said...

I suspect that my enjoyment of "Mega Shark" would be directly proportional to the amount of alcohol I consumed beforehand