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Tentacles (17-Mar-1977)

Original Title: Tentacoli

Director: Ovidio G. Assonitis (as "Oliver Hellman")

Writers: Steven W. Carabatsos; Tito Carpi; Jerome Max; Sonia Molteni

Keywords: Horror

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Claude Akins
25-May-1926 27-Jan-1994 Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
Cesare Danova
1-Mar-1926 19-Mar-1992 Mean Streets
Henry Fonda
16-May-1905 12-Aug-1982 12 Angry Men
Bo Hopkins
2-Feb-1942   Matthew Blaisdel on Dynasty
John Huston
Film Director
5-Aug-1906 28-Aug-1987 The Maltese Falcon
Shelley Winters
18-Aug-1920 14-Jan-2006 Method actress and camp queen


Review by anonymous (posted on 31-Jul-2005)

I reluctantly give the film "Tentacles" a no stars review. This movie is actually so bad that it was a giddy pleasure to watch and see how much worse it could get. "Tentacles" opens with a mother talking to her baby in a stroller and her lips and the audio do not match. There were at least two other occasions in the movie where you saw foreign speaking actors with english dubbed in. This would not be so bad if it weren't for the fact that Claude Akins, John Huston, Shelley Winters, Henry Fonda, and a number of other actors are speaking their lines and filmed in english. I found this fact a little distracting, but not as much as the lackluster writing, ridiculous score (mainly harpsicord), disappointing acting, and murky underwater filming as well as shaky aerial filming. Claude Akins plays a sheriff (he did pretty well with his role, why wouldn't he as he played police officers many times in his career) who along with journalist, John Huston (very disappointing performance) try and figure out why people are turning up dead in the local waters. Shelley Winter play Huston's sister (a lackluster delivery). The apparent reason for the deaths is a giant octopus has gone amok because the radio frequencys at an underwater excavation site are too high. The boss of that operation is Henry Fonda, who can hardly be called a star of this movie as he only appears in about three scenes. The movie's hero is played surprising well by actor Bo Hopkins. I say this not because of Hopkins talents, but rather because his performance is unexpected treat in this dud. Yes, I give the show no stars for it's lack of quality, but also recommend it as a must see for those, like myself, who become giddy over watching a really, really bad movie. I would like to close this review by noting my admiration of the ordinarily outstanding works of actors Akins, Winters, Fonda, Hopkins and those of actor/director Huston, all of which must have owed somebody big to have appeared in this stinkaroo.

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