Friday, December 16, 2011

Deja Vu Blogfest - A SyFy Classic!

DL Hammons of Cruising Altitude fame, along with several others, is hosting the Déjà vu Blogfest today!

Before I jump into the blogfest, just a reminder – this is the last weekend to vote in the The Movie 411 Awards! I’m up for Best Sci-Fi Blog and Best Blog Post for The Worst Movies Ever Blogfest and I’m not above groveling. Need help with Best Post!!! Don’t forget to vote for my buddies Cinemarvellous! iZombie! Melissa’s Imaginarium and MsMariah’s Space Blog-yssey

I did tie for Best Writing Blog over at A Peek at Karen’s World. Tied with Jennifer Hillier! Damn, I should’ve lost by a landslide. Jennifer is just so amazing.  Thanks, Karen!

On a sad note, has anyone heard from Ellie Garrett? She was taking a short break to write, but Jeremy and I have both sent emails and she hasn’t responded!

The Debutante Ball: Feast of Debut Authors continues with stops at Joseph Beekman December 16 and Pendragon Innmen December 17. Then on Monday, it’s my turn. Lots of cool things to win!
 
And now on to the blogfest!

When DL announced the Déjà vu Blogfest, I knew instantly which post I wanted to select. My older followers will remember I’ve done play-by-plays of some of SyFy’s more craptastic movies, but none beat this cinematic marvel:

I give you - Sharktopus – A Play By Play. Enjoy!

My thoughts while watching Sharktopus, recorded by the minute. 

3 min – The “ding” of the elevator sounds just like my microwave oven chime. 

7 min – They didn’t waste any time with pesky details like plot or exposition. 

10 min – Roger Corman must have pictures of Eric Roberts with a donkey or something. 

13 min – Roberts isn’t even trying. I think he’s cold-reading the script from cue cards. 

15 min – Hot woman on beach – the movie is getting better. 

16 min – Oh wait, Sharktopus killed her. Movie sucks again. 

19 min – Not so attractive woman goes bungee jumping. I’m okay with her dying. 

30 min – Various shots of sun-soaked, bikini-clad hotties flashes across the screen. This should be the centerpiece of the film. 

37 min – Sharktopus attacks sunbathers. The CGI is so bad I find myself growing nostalgic for a guy in a big rubber suit. 

42 min – A man tells Roberts there’s something on TV he has to see. I’m pretty sure it’s not Sharktopus. 

44 min – The lead actress’s voice keeps shifting from British to American. She must’ve studied at the Kevin Costner Robin Hood School of Acting. 

51 min - Is there enough alcohol in the house to get through this movie? 

62 min – Pretty sure Roberts is drunk. Lucky bastard. 

64 min – They should rename “SyFy Saturday Night” to “SyFy Saturday Craptacular.” 

73 min – The upside to being eaten by Sharktopus: you don’t have to sit through the rest of Sharktopus. 

80 min – A pirate radio DJ mocks Sharktopus and is devoured. This is a life lesson, people! 

83 min – Sharktopus just pantsed some guy. That was… awkward. 

93 min – No really, Roberts is hammered. The guy was on a three-day bender shooting this film. 

98 min – The movie just morphed into a Puerto Vallarta travelogue. Or a bad Bollywood film. Not sure which. 

107 min – Roberts is killed by Sharktopus and there was much rejoicing. 

110 min – Our hero now intends to run over Sharktopus with a minivan. Hope he’s insured. 

122 min – Sharktopus is arrested on tax evasion charges. Movie over. 

Now you don't have to waste two hours of your life! You can thank me later... 

Visit Cruising Altitude for the list of participants.

Anyone else suffer through this craptastic film? Following the Debutante Ball: Feast of Debut Authors? Want to know what you can win here on Monday? Going to see Sherlock Holmes this weekend? Still wondering what the hell is a Sharktopus…?

126 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

I watched this arse water a while back when I was unwell on SYFY, you described it a lot better than it viewed.

Will Burke said...

Whew -- dodged a bullet there! I kinda wanna see the actor getting hammered, but after Harrison Ford's interviews for his news- anchor movie, I've had my fill of drunk actors.

Civil War Horror (Sean McLachlan) said...

Start with a dumb premise. . .
. . .give it a dumb name. . .
. . .and what do you get?
More than half the horror films ever made!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I would've given up after minute 23

Juliana said...

LOL still wondering what the hell a Sharktopus is over here hehe

Sarah said...

It's tempting to watch it just to be able to giggle periodically while saying "Sharktopus." But then again, I suppose I can do that anyway.

Ciara said...

I'm so glad I didn't waste my time with that movie. Good luck with the rest of the contests, and congratulations.

Marta Szemik said...

I heard they're making Part 2. Just kidding!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Angry lurker, I had to do something to amuse myself during the movie!

Sean, that's how it works.

Sarah, don't torture yourself. My play-by-play is better!

Marta, I'm surprised they haven't!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Loved your re-cap and I SO don't need to see this now! And yes, what the heck IS a Sharktopus?

Okay, I MIGHT need to look this up on Netflix ...

Happy Deja Vu, Alex!

Nebular said...

Your play-by-play review of Sharktopus is just as hilarious as it was the first time around. I love it!

Thanks again for the mention. I hope your amazing army of friends will vote for us. :)

Melissa Bradley said...

LMAO I loved this post! Sharktopus is the aftermath of Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. Things got out of hand way out there in the deep.

Will be seeing Sherlock Holmes on Sunday. :)

Rusty Webb said...

You know, I once live tweeted a dental visit, in retrospect, something like a movie would have been much better. That was great stuff.

Journaling Woman said...

Great play by play.I've seen some dumb movies for sure.

Teresa

Old Kitty said...

So on my Santa List!! LOL!

take care
x

Pk Hrezo said...

A classic, indeed. The title alone is enough to set expectations at there lowest possible B grade. lol But it does make for a funny blog post!!

iZombie said...

oh my gosh, that movie sounds awesome... well cool, i mean neato, okay super... i know i love these types of films, this was a stretch.

thanks for the shout out and our search for eillie, continues... not as stalkers, but as friends.

have the best kind of day!

jeremy

ps. rush rules and your choice to write to it... rocks. we need to talk when you get the sector set... one friend to another.

Brinda said...

Sharktopus was next on my viewing queue so thanks for saving me from it. That along with Babeorama and Gorefest...thanks for the giggle.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thanks, I just snorted my coffee.

Eve.E said...

You are amusing Alex :-). I would've given up after 10 mins lol.
Have an awesome Christmas and new year. Xxx

April Plummer said...

That cracks me up. sharktopus. I think my husband and I caught that on some obscure channel in the middle of the night once. LOL

Donna K. Weaver said...

ROFL - that Sharkopus was awesome.

"Not so attractive woman goes bungee jumping. I’m okay with her dying. "

Shallow, dude.

But you hit Kevin Costner accent issue perfectly!

Laura Eno said...

I've been worried about Ellie too. I keep dropping by her blog to see if she's updated it.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

My first several laughs of the morn. Thanks, Alex. You really need to keep working the humor angle - you're good, subtle and biting at the same time. Oh, and I find myself growing nostalgic for a guy in a rubber piece too.

xoRobyn

farawayeyes said...

I love it when some one can make me cry or laugh out loud. You accomplished one and almost the other (because I was laughing so hard). You win. Hilarious.

Voted for you and the fantabulous Nebular. Hope you guys come out on top. With reviews like this you outta.

Jules said...

OMG, I just got that dang movie out of mind and here you reminding me. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

BECKY said...

Wow! Never heard of that one, but if it's as bad, or worse, than you described....Yikes! Very funny stuff, Alex. And BTW, I e-mailed Ellie about a month ago....No reply. I AM concerned about her, too. Please let me know if you find out anything.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dianne, if you do, all I can say is you've been warned...

George, it even made me chuckle again. Here's hoping for a big win for everyone this weekend.

Thanks, Rusty!

PK, that's why I chose this one.

Thanks, Jeremy. We do need to talk Rush some day.

Eve, it was a sacrifice I made for my blogger buddies!

Donna, I know - shallow. But I was getting desperate at that point.

Robyn, I'll try to infuse more snark into my posts for you.

Thanks, Faraway!

Sorry, Jules.

Carol Kilgore said...

Sharktopus - LOL.

I don't know Ellie Garrett, but I hope all is well.

Happy Weekend!

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Nicki Elson said...

Hehehe...42 minutes and 73 minutes are especially spectacular.

Budd said...

alex, you are braver than I for watching this one.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nicki, it's because they are true!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

hah! I remember the sharktopus play by play. Good times. good times.
And no, i haven't seen Ellie Garrett around. I also haven't seen Erica Spickard either, even though i left her a note. I hope they're both OK.

kirstenlopresti said...

I'm glad I missed that one, but great re-cap. Congrats on your best writing blog award!

Helen Ginger said...

Your recap of the movie was excellent. And funnier than the movie, I'm sure.

Velvet Over Steel said...

Yes, my son says your reviews are Very helpful and time saving, Alex!! Thanks! :-)

Cold As Heaven said...

If go to see that movie, I probably leave after 15. minute >:)

Cold As Heaven

TL Conway said...

Once, in a quest for free shipping from Amazon, I had to find one more cheap purchase. Somehow, Giant Shark vs. Mega Octopus ended in the cart. Please do yourself a favor and find the trailer on YouTube. Classic Debbie--excuse me, DEBORAH--Gibson and Lorenzo Lamas.

There's a reason the trailer has 3.7 MILLION views. It's just that bad.

Arlee Bird said...

I still haven't seen Sharktopus, but I've read your play by play twice. It's a classic blog post.

Like Ellie, there are a few bloggers that I've wondered about and sent emails to that went unanswered. Hope they're all okay.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Margo Kelly said...

Well ... very interesting ... ??

haha

L.G.Smith said...

No, there is not enough alcohol in my house to get me through a movie like that. Wow. I have a feeling your hilarious commentary is all I will ever know of Sharktopus.

Have a great weekend. I'm going to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie. Should be good.

Cate Masters said...

Too funny, Alex. I don't know how my hubby missed this one, he catches every other SyFy stinker.
Poor Eric Roberts. He coulda been a contenda...

DL Hammons said...

This was hilarious the first time I read it, and it hasn't lost ANY of its luster! Perfect, PERFECT, choice!!! :)

Lydia Kang said...

One of the best of your posts, for sure! You have to do more play by plays on other craptastic movies!

Thanks so much for participating in the Blogfest!

Michael Offutt, Supra-Genius said...

Too funny, Alex on your Sharktopus play by play. You made me giggle.

I haven't heard from Ellie in quite some time. I just assumed she was on a blog break. But if you sent her an email and she did not respond...that doesn't bode well.

Tara Tyler said...

congrats again! of course you're the best!

and 122 minutes! how did you stand that insanity so long?

Rek said...

Thank god I stick to sci-fi books, most of those movies stink, except the ones which have good special effects or actors who are good at pretending to be aliens/scientists or originally books(even then the script writers manage to do a shoddy job)...you sure nailed this one. :)

Julie Dao said...

You just saved me a couple of precious hours, because I was DYING to watch this! (Just kidding) Hilarious recap, Alex.

Lisa Gail Green said...

Wow! Congrats on all the awards and potential awards. :D

Sangu Mandanna said...

Haha love the breakdown! This sounds like the worst movie ever.

Man O' Clay said...

I laughed out loud (lol!) at min. 44. Poor Kevin.

Sounds like one for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 chaps!

mooderino said...

Ah, the classics. These sorts of films are best seen in trailer form, I feel.

mood
Moody Writing
@mooderino
The Funnily Enough

Maurice Mitchell said...

I was really looking forward to this one. You know how much I love bad movies. Great play-by-play man.

Angeline said...

I watched Sharktopus a few months back and, yep, that's pretty much how I remember it going too!

Carrie said...

I haven't seen this movie but this play by play is hilarious.

Angela Brown said...

I have a feeling your play-by-play could gross more at the box office than the move itself.

And yes, I'm still wondering what the hell a Sharktopus is...or even how to say it right.

Charles Gramlich said...

Lol, this is funny, man. The thoughts while watching Sharktopus. Eric Roberts has been in some really bad movies.

Glynis said...

Having watched Sharktopus (you tempted my curiosity months ago), I can say that you summed it up well, Alex!

Enjoy the festive season.x

Vicki Rocho said...

Thank you for saving me from the perils of Sharktopus. I can't pay you enough!

Though I will admit I first thought you were talking about Sharkboy & Lava Girl which I WISH I had paid someone to save me from.

LD Masterson said...

How did I miss this gem of a film? (At least I didn't miss this post.)

julie fedderson said...

I think this should be a routine thing for you. Because I actually would consider watching this piece of craptacular cinema thanks to your play-by-play. Eric Roberts should thank you.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Helen, MUCH funnier than the movie!

TL, I've seen it!

LG, if the alcohol put you to sleep, you might be all right.

Thanks, DL! And thanks for hosting the blogfest.

Thanks, Michael. I knew she was taking a break, but not this long, and she hasn't responded to emails or Tweets.

Tara, it was a sacrifice for my blogging buddies.

Sangu, it was!

Man O Clay, they were my inspiration.

Angela, I should do my own movie!

Vicki, I'm sorry.

Julie, he should send cash as well.

ib said...

There are movies that never made a blip on my radar. Dare I say, this be one of them. I am so unintrigued by the premise of this movie, that I find myself needing to see it with mine own eyes. But, maybe not. Your critique of it seems accurate enough. Thank you.

Chris Phillips said...

They should redo the old SNL skit and have Land Sharktopus!

Alison Miller said...
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Alison Miller said...

They should rename “SyFy Saturday Night” to “SyFy Saturday Craptacular.”

Hahahaha - thank you for saving me the two hours!

Great post!

baygirl32 said...

thank you for the play by play, now I don't have to watch it

Coleen Patrick said...

Hysterical play by play. The SyFy channel movies are always good for a (craptastic) laugh. :)

Christine Rains said...

Oh Syfy, how you will never cease to amaze me with your wonderfully rotten movies. I hope they never stop. Maybe I can write a script for them one day! You should think about regularly riffing on Syfy movies, Alex. I'd be there reading the posts!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ib, resist the urge!

Christine, I do need to do another one soon.

Empty Nest Insider said...

My favorite part is "She must've studied at the Kevin Costner Robin Hood School of Acting!" Terrific play by plays! Julie

Liza said...

#64 had me laughing out loud!

LynNerdKelley said...

Alex, dude, how've you been? I just voted for you. You're winning in both categories, but only by 2% for the first one, so I hope more people get over there to vote for you!

This post is hilarious! Great job. I'll be sure to pass on this movie. This blog hop is great. I joined it because the one you and Matthew hosted was awesome. Take care!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Loved reading your re-post, had a good laugh which is good for one's health.

Yvonne.

M Pax said...

I hope Ellie is all right.

I have yet to see the entire Sharktopus. I see I've really missed out. I would love to see Syfy make my volcanic killer ash bees into a Saturday night movie. It'd be the bomb. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Julie.

Lyn, thanks for voting! And glad you joined the blogfest.

Mary, can I do the play-by-play?

Helena said...

I had not idea this movie even existed. Now I want to see it while reading your annotation and adding my snarky own.

Amy said...

Lol, great post Alex! I remember this movie when it came on, glad I avoided it though, it sounds terrible! Thanks for sharing! :)

Nisa said...

lol! Thank you for saving me the two hours. Great post! Glad I didn't miss it.

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, I do hope Ellie is all right. I found out a few months ago that a critique partner I had died. How sad I was. I never met him but we have communicated so often that I felt a great loss. Let us know if you hear from Ellie, all right?

DeniseCovey_L'Aussie said...

Bit concerned about Ellie Garret. Let us know if she responds soon.

Hilarious post Alex. There are movies like that unfortunately. Nothing like this movie but I saw Ides of March last night and was so disappointed. Even with George Clooney's captivating facial features. A really, really, American movie for sure.

Denise

Nancy Thompson said...

Oh God, that was one of the funniest posts I've ever read! I'm crying from laughing so hard. You picked a great one to repost, Alex. Thanks for re-sharing it!! Absolutely loved it!

And congrats on your tie with Jenny Hillier! That vote was a hard one for me. I love, love, love your blog, so of course I voted for you, but Jenny is a good friend, so I voted for her, too. We're going out to dinner this Sunday so I can say goodbye before she returns to Canada. I'll make sure we say a toast in your honor!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Helena, please do! We could rewrite all the dialogue as well.

Clarissa, that is terrible! I'm sorry. Really hope we hear from Ellie.

Nancy, glad I could make you laugh. And you're good friends with Jennifer? She is really nice. Found out we just downloaded each other's books!

Jemi Fraser said...

Great repost!! :)

I haven't heard from Ellie in a while either - hope all is well!

Lost_without_a_Map said...

Sharktopus...ummm-mmm, I thought I saw that playing at the adult theater. You sure you got the right version?

Jennifer Hillier said...

Oh my GAWD so FUNNY! I haven't been unfortunate enough to see this movie, but somehow I'm certain your play-by-play is way better!

Claire Hennessy said...

Why would you even watch something that was called "Sharktopus"??! Love your comments on the film and sooo pleased I don't have the watch it. Seen enough bad movies in my time.

K. Turley (Clutzattack) said...

Too funny.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jemi, I'm worried about her.

Lost, if there's one better, let me know.

Jennifer, I promise it is better!

Claire, it was a sacrifice for my blogger buddies.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Loved the play by play--ha!

Ella said...

I went over to visit Ellie the other day and wondered why no word from her...

Congrats on the tie; I already voted ;D

My son went to the midnight showing of Sherlock Holmes, he n' his gal liked it! I asked how it compared to the first. He said, not better, but equal to, which is great for a 2nd flick! Enjoy :D

Jennie Bailey said...

I have this weird desire now to print this out and rewatch Sharktopus with your comments. HA! Now I'm worried about Ellie - I figured her break was just an extended one, but if you two haven't heard from her? I don't like when people disappear and we don't know what happened. :-(

Pearson Report said...

You're a brave man to have invested some of those precious Life Lottery winnings on this puppy!

Ahh...good thing there's always tomorrow (here's hoping anyway)!


Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

Patsy said...

Thanks for saving me two hours - that definitely doesn't sound like my sort of thing.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - I have trouble getting through to your blog - and had wanted to say I've emailed Madeleine re Ellie .. we'll let you know ..

I did half-see something on a new Sci-Fi exhibition .. that I wanted to draw your attention to .. and I'll email you or comment anon .. cheers Hilary

Medeia Sharif said...

Sharktopus sounds like an awfully bad film, yet now I want to see it. I'm sure I'll turn it off after a few minutes, but you've piqued my interest.

C D Meetens said...

How on earth did you sit through that film? I think I'd have been heading for the alcohol too, and I'm tee-total! Your comments were great, though - so funny. Thanks for re-posting this.

stu said...

I might not have to waste two hours of my life on it, but since my younger brother loves this kind of thing, I'm almost certainly going to end up doing it anyway.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ella, thanks. I liked it a little better. Lighter with more humor.

Jennie, I don't like it either. Last year, Cassandra Jade vanished in the middle of her book tour and no one's heard from her since. It's sad.

Sorry you had trouble, Hilary. Got your email and hope we hear from Ellie.

CD, the sacrifices I make for my blogger buddies...

Stu, at least you know what you're getting into.

Stephen Tremp said...

I remember this post! True story: we're in Walmart a couple weeks ago and my youngest pulls Sharktpous off the shelf and asks me what this movie was about. I thought back to this blog and had a great laugh.

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

I'm off to cast my vote for you now. Good luck!

Awesome minute-by-minute movie summary. I am still laughing!

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

I just checked and you are at 40% in the Best Post category (Let's Get Out Of Here is at 43%) and you are in a lead (72%) at the Best Sci-Fi category. Woot woot!

Pat Hatt said...

hahaha I've wasted plenty of time watching craptastic movies, which make good coffee table coasters after your through with them by the way. But never came across this one, thankfully.

Liz Fichera said...

Oh.My.Gawd. The Sharktopus review is hilarious. Bravo, Alex! I'm embarassed to say that I too watched this one. I'm a sucker for cheesy SyFy.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stephen, and hopefully told him to put it right back on the shelf.

Thanks, Angela. Think I'm going to lose Best post though.

Pat, just skip it.

Liz, glad you enjoyed it!

Leovi said...

Very good it of thoughts. Have you registered with a recorder?

Suze said...

'Not so attractive woman goes bungee jumping. I’m okay with her dying.'


ALEX!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Leovi, not one needs to hear me speak.

Suze! I was okay with the ugly guys dying as well.

tfwalsh said...

Haha... loved the line by line for Sharktapus...

Enid Wilson said...

LOL, thank you for saving my money. I can go buy some good sci-fi books instead.

My Darcy Vibrates…

Leovi said...

I love your thought of not waste time arguing. I think that's make a big advance on the film.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

You have just made my night. Total new fan of the play by play. You're freaking hysterical!

The Golden Eagle said...

LOL. I remember that post!

No, I haven't heard from Ellie. :( I miss her--hope she responds soon!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Enid, definitely save your money!

Terry, thank you!

Golden, I am worried about her.

Cindy said...

Loved your thoughts on Sharktopus, and I want to go see Sherlock Holmes, but didn't get the time this weekend. :)

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I see why you tied for best writing... you are very talented

Catherine Stine said...

This film sounds hilariously bad. BTW, am a new follower, and I just bought your CassaStar for kindle. Looking forward to reading it!

alexia said...

Never heard of that movie, but your play-by-play was hilarious! My husband hates Kevin Costner's Robin Hood, so we got a chuckle out of that.

Botanist said...

This blow-by-blow shows bravery and perseverance above & beyond! With this kind of selfless devotion and strong stomach, in another century I could quite see you earning a living as the royal food taster.

Hope Ellie's OK. Like others here, I've stopped by her blog in recent weeks and seen it was unusually quiet.

J.C. Martin said...

LOL! Never heard of Sharktopus (a TWO hour film at that!), but looks like I've not missed much! :) Awesome re-post! I'll be back for your Debutante offering!

Heidi L. Murphy said...

This is almost as bad as Slithis...rofl In our house we like to turn off the sound on movies like this and dub in our own words. This makes movie night with these choice offerings of dog log much more enjoyable...;o)
Heh. The last movie we trashed was Knight and Day.

Heidi L. Murphy said...

As for Robin Hood, why can't people in this genre at least TRY to act the part? I'm guessing that there are many 'actors' who CAN'T.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cindy, hope you get to see it.

Thank you, Kim.

Catherine, thank you!!

Alexia, glad I gave him a chuckle.

Botanist, thank you. I have a new aspiration now!

Heidi, you'd have a field day with this one.

Wendy said...

Ha! Love this play by play. There's a couple other movies I wish you'd have saved me from. Oh well.

Kid Shuffle said...

can't wait to get on the a to z challenge with you guys!