Episode 911: Devil Fish
First aired: Sci-Fi Channel on 15 August 1998
Availability: iTunes, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Fish, Amazon (Volume 19), Shout Factory (Volume 19), Best Brains (Volume 19)
|The original Sharktopus.|
The movie in this episode is an Italian film -- though the French were also involved. The dubbed version was given a slew of names other than Devil Fish, such as Monster Shark, Shark: Red on the Ocean, and Devouring Waves.
Whatever you call it, you can't call it a good film.
This one was shown 10-12 times on MST3K between August 1998 and May 2003. The uncertainty over the numbers is because: do you count two showings on the same day as one airing, or two? And if it's shown Saturday and Sunday on the same weekend, is that one showing, or two?
|The skinny dolphin girl.|
Remember that SyFy movie Sharktopus? That what the creature in this wonder piece of cinema happens to be. So, now you know where Roger Corman stole the idea.
Of course, I never saw Sharktopus, and never plan to. So, I can't say with certainty the plots are similar. I think I'll look it up, though. In the meantime, let's consider the plot of this film.
In Sharktopus, the creature is a genetically-engineer half shark, half octopus created for the military and it escapes and kills tourists. So, totally different film.
|The drunk and the other scientist girl. Yeah, they both die.||The Italian guy with the MST3K logo obscuring Little Italy.|
Still, a good one. Part of the reason that the show hung around as long as it did is because they put out consistently good episodes. Like this one.