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Octaman (1971)

A team of researchers discovers a strange mutation of man and octopus who proceeds to terrorize them.

Director:

Harry Essex

Writer:

Harry Essex
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Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy of RiffTrax fame take to the stage to riff the 1971 film "Octaman" LIVE.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pier Angeli ... Susan Lowry
Kerwin Mathews ... Dr. Rick Torres
Jeff Morrow ... Dr. John Willard
David Essex David Essex ... Davido
Jerome Guardino ... Johnny Caruso
Robert Warner Robert Warner ... Steve Dodd
Norman Fields Norman Fields ... Mort Stein
Jax Jason Carroll Jax Jason Carroll ... Dr. Jameson
Wally Rose Wally Rose ... Carlos
Buck Kartalian ... Raul
Richard Cohen Richard Cohen ... Enrique
Samuel Peloso Samuel Peloso ... Pedro
Read Morgan ... The Octaman (as The Octaman)
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A scientific expedition in Mexico discovers several unusual baby octopus specimens. When they capture several of the creatures their half-man/half-octopus parent appears to terrorize the hapless scientists. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Horror heap from the nuclear trash! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1971 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Octaman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$280,710

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$280,710
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Despite being called "Octaman" the monster suit only has six arms. Naturally, only two of the arms are functional thanks to the actor inside the suit. A lower pair was loosely attached to the actor's arms to help hold them up and, thus, look somewhat more imposing. See more »

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Early in the movie as the group is driving in the motor home into what appears to be Mexico, they notice a cheetah, which is only indigenous to Africa and parts of the middle east. See more »

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Need a Real Turkey for Thanksgiving?? :=8P
22 November 1999 | by MooCowMoSee all my reviews

Then look no further than "Octaman", a hideously poor eco-gobbler with eight, count 'em, eight legs....er, arms...er tentacles. Whatever. "Octaman" is a laughably stupid film about a group of idiot scientists and greedy cowboys who search a "primitive hispanic community" for a legendary monster, "1/2 man, 1/2 fish". Of course, octopusses are not fish, but that doesn't seem to matter much to the makers of this film, because they also don't shamble about on land in a rubber suit with wires and zipper plainly in view. Turns out that ol' Octo is a mootant, created by pollution, or radiation, or some such thing - somecow or another we're to blame, yet again. Big Octo doesn't like the way that the dopey scientists are carving up his fake, rubber, whining little octo-friends, so he shambles about like the grimacing Tabonga in "From Hell It Came", slapping people with his rubbery arms whenever possible. As if that weren't enough, Octo then developes an odd sexual fixation on Pier Angeli ("Viva America!"), grabs her, and then ambles about with her in his many arms(Pier died during the filming of this moovie, possibly of acute embarrassment). The scientists try to capture Octo to put him on display by surrounding him in a ring of fire, thereby "eating up all the oxygen around him". Very clever...but, Octo breaks free, gets back into the water, and is able to wave his rubbery arms menacingly yet again. Rick Baker may win 1,000s of Academy Awards from now 'til Doomsday for his make-up special effects, but he will NEVER live down this shaggy skeleton in his fx closet. Poor Octo is one of the moost uncowvincing monsters in film history; his pathetic shamblings evoke moore sighs than actual laughs because Director Harry Essex really thought the sight of a guy in a rubber octopus suit walking about on land would be scary. Ahh, to be that naive again... The MooCow's favorite scene is when Octo surprises the scientists by leaping out of their RV, where he was presumably hiding his zipper and wired arms. Poor direction, uncowvincing acting, and muddled, murky cinematography all help to chop this calamari caper into sushi. The MooCow says rent this for "Shambling Rubber Suited Monster Night", but be prepared for a real stinker. :=8P


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