15 July 2024
Tentacles (1977)
90 min.
Directed by Ovidio Assonitis.
With John Huston, Shelley Winters, Henry Fonda, Bo Hopkins, Claude Akins, Sherry Buchanan, Delia Boccardo, Cesare Danova.
This entertaining JAWS ripoff was crafted by those wacky Italians.

The California beachfront community of Solana Beach suddenly begins to experience a series of inexplicable deaths...the unfortunate victims are found washed up on shore, gnawed to death and their bone marrow totally drained.

Could the balance of sea life somehow have been disturbed by entrepreneur Whitehead (Fonda) and the ocean tunnel he's recently built?

Naw, turns out it's the work of a giant octopus!

Reporter Ned Turner (Huston) and marine biologist Will Gleason (Hopkins) are on the case.

Admittedly, Tentacles ain't gonna win no awards, but it's also rather too often overly derided.

In the right mood, it can be a fun slime ride reminiscent of classic (and not so classic) '50s monster on the loose pics.

And if that's not reason enough, see it simply so that you can say you bore witness to the following all in the same film: Huston, Winters, Fonda, Hopkins, Akins...*and* a giant octopus.

Also known as Tentacoli.

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