Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Devil Fish (Monster Shark) - Film Review

Home > Sydney > Film Reviews | Movie Reviews | Rainy Day
by Nessa123 (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published August 2nd 2012
The original Sharktopus
Image -
Devilfish A.K.A. Monster Shark

Lamberto Bava's Devil Fish, a.k.a Monster Shark, has an original and extremely campy plot concerning a giant, genetically enhanced man eating "sharktopus", which looks more like an octopus with a strange looking, teeth filled mouth on the top of its head than a shark and emits a horrid frequency that sends dolphins, sharks, fish and sonar equipment into a frenzied panic.

The film tells the story of a marine biologist, a dolphin trainer, a research scientist and a local sheriff who try to hunt down a massive sea monster which is swimming around and devouring swimmers and fishermen across the south Florida coast.

For a terrible B-grade film out of the 80's, the acting and plot were surprising good, but the editing is entirely dreadful, though it does make for an amusing viewing experience, as some scenes just end for no apparent reason during the middle of an action sequence and people get cut off in mid sentence.

Image -
Devilfish A.K.A. Monster Shark
Devil Fish a.k.a Monster Shark, is a terribly made, passably campy film, with minimal gore, minimal nudity, minimal good shots of the monster and lots of women being pummelled about, so it is not for everyone, but if you're into your "death from the deep" films, or your campy Italian "Euro-trash" films, starring Gianni Garko, William Berger and Dagmer Lassander, then this film is for you.

For those of you interested in a better version of this film, you should also check out the MST3K (Mystery Science Theatre 3000) "Devil Fish" episode, in which the characters on the show add their own commentary to the original film, which is just hilarious!

Devil Fish is rated R 18 for sex and nudity, violence and gore, profanity, alcohol, and drug use, excessive smoking and frightening and intense scenes and was originally released on VHS in 1986.


If you're still in the mood for more "Death from the Deep" films check out Piranha Piranha (1972), Piranha (1978), Shark, Swamp Shark and if you're looking for one suitable for the kids, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.

If the frolicking fun of the dolphins was more your thing, check out Benji Takes A Dive At Marineland.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  8
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? For fans of killer animal films!
Your Comment
This looks hilarious! I love monster films, the stupider the better!
by Jennifer Muirhead (score: 3|1429) 3873 days ago
Articles from other cities
Top Events
Popular Articles