Octaman Film Details
Overview: A team of researchers discovers a strange mutation of man and octopus who proceeds to terrorize them.
Tagline: Horror heap from the nuclear trash!
Review: The film opens with stock footage and a monologue. The narrator informs us of a scientist (Kerwin Mathews) who is aware that man is rapidly destroying himself and all our natural resources through the advent of underwater nuclear testing and pollution, and is involved in a series of experiments in rural areas of Latin America. The narrator then goes on to tell us about Octaman, he describes him as “the hideous fruit of atomic radiation, in the form of a bizarre legend wrapped in terror and written in blood!”. While conducting experiments at a lake Mathews and an assistant capture a strange looking octopus. Something about it’s eyes. Anyway, Mathews takes it to a nearby University to try and convince his boss to give them more funds. His boss isn’t impressed and in fact denies any more funding for the project. Back at the camp Mathews assistant has found another mutant octopus and decides to preform a dissection. Bad move, within seconds Octaman has burst into his tent and slapped him to death with his arms, OK I’ll be generous and call them tentacles. Octaman then picks his octopus buddy up and retreats back to the lake. Unable to get funding to continue his experiments Mathews asks a wealthy ranch owner to finance his activities, sensing an attraction for his circus he agrees. The group of scientists and ranch owners friends and a local guy who claims to know where Octaman lives then set out to capture the half man, half octopus mutation! However Octaman doesn’t like people messing around with him and his mutant octopus friends and starts to attack them, killing them one by one. Directed by Harry Essex I sort of liked this film. I think it has a goofy silly charm about it. I felt a bit sorry for Octaman at the end, he has a lot more personality than any of the human cast. Octaman himself, created by Rick Baker, looks kind of stupid for the most part. His face is totally motionless throughout the film, his eyes move though, a bit. His tentacles don’t have much movement to them either, the lower two being connected to the upper two which have the actors arms in them, they simply do exactly the same as the upper ones. There’s a touch of blood here and there when Octaman kills someone, but nothing to worry about. Poorly made, with not much continuity, sometimes it cuts between night and day during the same scene. The script really tries to push the ecology theme, with little success. For all it’s faults I sort of liked it, a lot like a 50’s monster movie. Fun if your in the right mood and can find a copy, which probably isn’t easy.
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 79 min
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror
Also known as: Octaman,Octaman, el hombre pulpo,Oktaman – Die Bestie aus der Tiefe,O oxtanthropos,Octaman – Die Bestie aus der Tiefe,Человек-осьминог,Ο οχτάνθρωπος