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Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett reflect on MST3K's final broadcast.

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Episode guide: 911- Devil Fish

Movie: (1984) Bud-swilling Florida scientists discover a gigantic prehistoric shark.

First shown: 8/15/98
Opening: Mike loses his identity…or does he?
Intro: Pearl’s cruise ship scheme requires M&tB to make ice sculptures
Host segment 1: M&tB learn that dolphins are smart … and touchy!
Host segment 2: M&tB learn not to taunt electricians
Host segment 3: Pearl’s Italian filter malfunctions
End: Crow tries to think of animal combos, while dinner at the Captain’s table doesn’t go well
Stinger: “It’s right underneath us!” “I knowwwww!”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (248 votes, average: 4.44 out of 5)


• This episode is one of those comfortable middle-of-the-road ones for me. The riffing has lots of laughs, but there are some quiet spots. The segments are also fun and funny but not exceptional. This episode also featured two elements that had internet MSTies talking!
• Kevin offers his thoughts here.
• This episode is featured in Shout’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Vol. XIX.
• Mike predicament in the opening bit is reminiscent of five or six action movies that were out at that time, especially “The Bourne Identity.”
• That’s Patrick and Beez as the tourists, Ann and Norm.
• The intro almost has an invention exchange feel to it, which everybody offering a different comic take on the ice sculpture idea.
• Did anybody notice that this movie has two title cards? I don’t think the Brains did. They don’t react when the second one appears.
• A generational thing: This movie’s director, credited as John Old Jr., is actually Lamberto Bava. His father was Mario Bava, director of the movie in episode 1013-DANGER: DIABOLIK (Lamberto was the assistant director on that movie) and cinematographer of the movies in episodes 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED and 502- HERCULES. Lamberto worked on many of his father’s films. Mario was sometimes billed as John Old Sr.
• Marc Cohn definitely seems to be one of those pop stars that earned the Brains wrath. I was never a huge fan, but his stuff never really bothered me.
• Segment 1 is less a segment by itself than it is a setup for the segment 2. It’s not a laugh-riot, but it moves along quickly.
• Segment 2 is the pay-off sketch, but it’s still not hilarious. I feel like maybe it’s Paul’s lowkey delivery that drags it down, but I’m not sure.
• This week Mike is reading Mary Tyler Moore’s book “After All.” Is he a member of the book of the month club?
• There’s kind of an odd moment in segment 2 where Gypsy doesn’t know who Pearl is. Made me go:”Huh?” She used to…
• Peter Rudrud is the voice of Sea World phone representative.
• About a third the way through the episode, one of the characters on the boat climbs quickly down a ladder, and is shot from below. Apparently we could see quite a bit up his shorts because Sci-Fi Channel felt the need to put a digital fig leaf over it, in the form of the spaghetti ball logo. The incident sparked a bit of a debate among online MSTies about censorship, etc.
• Incidentally, this addition to the episode apparently was made AFTER the episode was submitted to Sci-Fi Channel for broadcast, because M&TB do not react to the appearance of the logo, and instead react in horror to seeing what the logo covered up.
• This episode marks two Wizard of Id references in two weeks.
• During the dull scuba sequences, nobody thinks to mention that his lungs are aching for air. Just as well, I guess.
• A few fans conjectured that segment 3 was BBI’s response to some fan complaints (baloney, if you ask me) that the show was overdoing jokes mocking the movie characters’ nationality. By now, I imagine the writers have long forgotten whether it was or not, so we’ll never know if it was intentional.
• The first Richard Jewel joke in a while pops up.
• The long laughing-through-the-end-credits bit is reminiscent of the Jim Backus-Phyllis Diller comedy bit, “Delicious.”
• Why is Crow so hyper in the end segment?
• Cast and crew roundup: In addition to the Bava family mentioned above, assistant director Freddy (Goffredo) Unger was an actor in “Hercules Against the Moon Men.” Screen writer Frank Walker also worked on “Operation Double 007.” Cinematographer Giancarlo Ferrando also worked on “Warrior of the Lost World,” as did costumer/production designer Anthony Geleng.
• CreditsWatch: Directed by Mike, his last directing effort of the season.
• Fave riff: “You know, just because you CAN edit doesn’t mean you SHOULD.” Honorable mention: “Tiny Medical Center, starring tiny Chad Everett.”

131 Replies to “Episode guide: 911- Devil Fish”

  1. Kali says:

    Freddy Unger was also in Danger Diabolik – John Phillip Law mentioned him in his commentary for the movie.


  2. Black Doug says:

    “Just because you can edit, doesn’t mean you should.” I think this needs to be made into a demotivational poster.


  3. Depressing Aunt says:

    This is a good episode to put in when I just want to zone out, because, as Tom says, “This is a movie that constantly assures you, you don’t need to concern yourself with this.”

    #59–I guess “As seen on TV” refers to the cheesy quality of the video used every time there are underwater shots of the monster.

    I feel so sorry for Sandra. She should’ve been left alive. And she had such a zest for repeating everything Peter said in a low mumble.

    I enjoyed Mike stupidly trying to weld ice cubes. And the forced laughter over the end credits of the movie was nice, I liked how Tom and Crow stayed in character the whole time.

    Mike: Blake Edwards’ point-10.
    Crow: Can anyone tell me if I have a butt yet? No, huh?


  4. Manny, Moe, and/or Jack says:

    Not to be pedantic, but The Bourne Identity didn’t come out until a few years after MST3k ended its run. I always assumed the opening sketch was making fun of movies like The Net, Long Kiss Goodnight, Conspiracy Theory and the other movies with stolen/lost identity plots that were popular in the mid to late ’90s.


  5. schippers says:

    Also not to be pedantic, but #98, our leading man in this picture, Michael Sopkiw, qualifies. He was the lead in a number of Italian films, the best of which is undoubtedly 2019: After the Fall of New York. Anybody who likes bad movies and has not seen 2019 needs to do so right now.

    Anyway, I wish Mr. Sopkiw had made more of these movies.

    The constant Eurobashing grates a bit in this episode, but I generally like it very much.


  6. Basil says:

    Mike predicament in the opening bit is reminiscent of five or six action movies that were out at that time, especially “The Bourne Identity.”

    Yeah, I need to weigh in on this, too. This episode aired in 1998, and The Bourne Identity hit theaters in 2002. I’m thinking Manny, Moe, and/or Jack might be right about the actual influences.


  7. Kali says:

    On the Bourne Identity, the Brains may have had in mind the Richard Chamberlain TV movie – imdb says it came out in 1988. Frankly, I believed Chamberlain in the part more than Matt Damon.

    And Jaclyn Smith was in it – best looking of Charlie’s Angels, to my way of thinking. :-)


  8. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    You know what would’ve saved this 1984 Italian production?

    1980 Italian production PUMAMAN coming to the rescue!


    “Pumas can’t swiiiiiiiiim!”
    glub .. glub .. glub


    Or not.


  9. Smoothie of Great Power says:

    Surprised I didn’t offer any comments on this one the last time around. Must have been pretty busy.

    * One thing this movie does well is play up the tension of just how scary the monster is compared to Jaws. It’s an original creation, we never get a decent view of the entire thing and it proves to be a greater potential danger to the entire ocean. Fear of the unknown is more effective than, “Ah! A giant shark!”
    * I haven’t seen the original movie but I do have to say that Sondra was definitely not the brightest bulb in the pack as the first thing she does after being threatened is to call the police without making sure it’s safe to do so and not obviously doing anything to resist or get help.
    * What was up with Janet? Was she Bob’s wife? An old flame? Complete padding? Bob refers to her as “Mrs.” when asking for her on the phone and they greet each other more like a couple before talking business. There’s also the fact that she comes out of nowhere, does nothing of note and gets killed off.
    * Did anyone else get vibes of the motorcycle from Warrior of the Lost World with that endlessly jabbering computer?

    Favorite Riffs:
    Mike: “Shouldn’t we have tied this stuff down? I mean, it is explosive.”
    Crow: “He’s enjoying the bold, adventurous lifestyle of a TV repairman.”
    Servo: “The film crew’s having a lot of fun throwing stuff at her.”

    Favorite Host Segment Line:
    “So we formed a mutual defense pact with the dolphins.”

    Things I Learned from this Episode:
    * Appliance repair is the surefire way to get women!
    * A concrete boat can float and be powered by an ugly guy’s face.
    * Creating a creature that will reproduce asexually and destroy all other life in the ocean, thus crippling the economy and sustenance of countless cities is apparently profitable.


  10. JohnnyRyde says:

    Ah, last time this episode came up, I hadn’t seen it since the ’90s. Now with the recent DVD release, I’ve seen it a few times.

    Yeah, this one was better than I expected. My favorite riff is the sequence where the boat guy plays the “blank” audio tape to the woman and they dub in sounds of him cracking open beers and quickly drinking them.

    I, too, thought that the opening segment was a parody of “Nowhere Man”. I loved that show in the 90s, but have no idea if it would stand up today.

    When the DVD first came out, I thought that they overdid the jokes about the film being “European”… When I watched it this week though it wasn’t as overboard as I thought. And I’m glad I wasn’t hearing things when the scientist claimed that the new sharks developed 350 years ago (missing a “million” there?). Mike and the Bots never react to this…


  11. TitanGojira says:

    Clearly, Gypsy caught “robot amnesia” from Crow. Because, you know, it’s contagious.


  12. @109 Smoothie of Great Power sez: “One thing this movie does well is play up the tension of just how scary the monster is compared to Jaws.”

    Hogwash. Complete hogwash.

    Devil Fish in no way or manner compares to Jaws. Spielberg’s movie is a master class on the old “what you can’t/don’t see is scarier than what you do” and the tension is built from NOT seeing the shark until the final reel of the movie. Nothing in Devil Fish even compares. It’s not even close! Jaws has great acting, a great script, great story pace, great editing, great photography, great build-up and tension release, and great special effects that work on screen. Devil Fish has all the same things except the word “great” is replaced with “terrible.”

    Devil Fish having an “original creation” or an “unknown” creature as its monster does, in fact, NOT give it a leg up on Jaws, because by going more fantastical the movie (and the filmmakers) have to work twice as hard to convince the audience that what they are seeing is real and an honest threat (and not just a terrible puppet). A good way of doing that is by emotionally investing the audience in the story through proper scriptwriting and storytelling. Sadly, director Lamberto “my only good movie is Demons” Bava and his crew were obviously not up to the task.

    I say sadly because somewhere buried in this mess is a halfway decent idea for a movie. I think maybe it’s under that sixer of Budweiser over there. . .lemme just check real quick…

    So yeah, Devil Fish: the MST episode.

    It’s a good, not great one for me. The riffing is lightweight in my opinion and the Host Segments are so-so; HS#1 doesn’t do much for me, but the payoff in HS#2 is better (plus it has electrician Paul). HS#3 is the best of the bunch; love those Italian stereotypes. The opening and closing segments with Pearl and Co. and the fake boat. . .ugh. Not very good (once again) in my opinion.


    Crow: “Peter Frampton!”

    Servo: “Just because you can edit, doesn’t mean you should.”

    Mike: “C’mon beer! Get in my mouth, c’mon!”

    Mike: “Enjoy the soft-core porn soundtrack.”

    move: “Squad #2?”
    Servo: “We done been ate, over.”

    Devil Fish,
    there are better Jaws knockoffs,
    there are better Italian genre films,
    there are better MST3k episodes.

    I give it 3 out of 5 Budweisers (that’s all that was left from the sixer)

    :can: :can: :can:


  13. Cornjob says:

    I’d like to give a shout out to the panel Q&A in the extras on the DVD. Some very funny stuff. Most of you are of course thinking, “I KNOOOWWW!” Aside from from everything else, what’s really wrong with this film is how the monster footage looks like film clips from another movie. It’s one thing to only catch a glimpse of the monster. It’s another to glimpse what looks like someone stuck the camera in a bowl of vegetable soup.


  14. pondoscp says:

    This is a fun episode. But, in may ways, I felt like I was watching Gorgo again, since this is basically the same plot. There’s a bigger one!


  15. Sitting Duck says:

    @ #114: Other than the fact that both feature monsters from the deep, I don’t see any resemblance whatsoever. Gorgo is basically Godzilla crossed with King Kong with a hint of Beowulf. Meanwhile, Devil Fish is Jaws, but instead involves an evil corporation with a terrible business plan.


  16. pondoscp says:

    @115: I was just referring to both creatures in Gorgo and Devil Fish being babies.


  17. Ang says:
    April 1, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I’m really not a big fan of Final Sacrifice but Devil Fish is right up my alley!

    Good host segments and great riffing to a really lame film. I like a lot of the sci fi eps b/c even though the movies are bad, they are still mostly watchable. I think during those years especially they found a lot of films with the right mix of riffability and horribleness…

    I know Final Sacrifice has a big following, but I could never really get into it — I’ll bet I’m probably the only MSTie out here who wasn’t real crazy about it — but Devil Fish, while not an instant favorite, still grew on me quickly. I hadn’t seen it in years since MST3K went out of reruns on SciFi, and only just recently put my copy back into rotation to give it another shot. In fact, I was just watching it tonight. I’m digging it more every time I watch it. Love all the cracks about Italians trying to come off like Americans.

    I thought the little MST3K logo placed over that guy’s area was the writers’ idea, to be honest. It just seemed a really witty visual riff from Cambot, kind of like his “scoreboard” in Sidehackers.

    I caught the “double title” right away, and got a big giggle out of it somehow. I’ve seen several episodes where the movies “lapped” themselves, but Devil Fish set the record. Seeing the title appearing twice was kind of like watching the opening credits to Hercules Unchained, where the overlaid titles are sloppily edited and we see the title a second time, partially, before it wipes into the next title. “Hey, did we just see that?”

    I’m embarassed to say that I totally didn’t get Nelson’s “Evinrude” jokes at first. While I got that he was making sarcastic penile double-entrendres, I totally missed that he was also making a “Johnson” joke.

    While it was rather done to death, the “my lungs were aching for air” riff was still one of my favorites, and I rather missed it. In fact, while watching those scenes, I find myself interjecting that riff myself.

    “It’s Bebe Rebozo’s home movies!”
    “She displaces no water at all!”


  18. Smoothie of Great Power says:

    Oh yeah, and since no one else has mentioned this, the game that Sondra is playing when Tom quips, “Man, Abyss 2 isn’t very good,” is Seaquest for the Atari 2600. A great game that I grew up with.


  19. Thanos6 says:

    Does anyone know what song Sondra is listening to while she plays the game?

    And I think my favorite riff has to be Servo making the beer-chugging noises over the silent tape recording. Never fails to make me crack up.


  20. Savvy says:

    Here we go!

    – You really believe Mike’s identity was taken. Then it’s not.
    – Bobo is cute as he throws the stuff at Patrick and Beez.
    – Who knew Crow could defy the laws of physics and build a sculpture of Michelangelo’s David out of four ice cubes? Cow is an artist!
    – The tile of the movie appeared twice, which is why they comment on “experimenting with film credits.”
    – Yeah, those Coast Guard guys yelling is pretty random. They are Coast Guard guys, though. “It’s gonna be cold!”
    – Tom: “That’s my special line. A beer is in trouble somewhere!”
    – Tom: “Gulp gulp gulp… Ah. (Opens more beer.)”
    – The dolphins most likely did steal Stella’s conditioner. They are capable of more than we know.
    – “They lasted for three minutes.”
    Tom: “Like my last twelve-pack.”
    – Saundra is really immature. It’s funny!
    – The dolphin warship segment was a cute idea.
    – Crow: “Slow day, huh?”
    – “I was only nineteen when I met Bob.”
    Crow: “That’s when I was skinny.”
    – Crow: “Dolphins won the Superbowl! Yay!”
    – Mike: “His broadcast day is over.”
    – I love Tom’s reaction when that lady takes off her glasses! Sleazy music.
    – Paul is great as the electrician.
    – Crow: “Sixteenth is a water hole, surrounded by water at all sides.”
    – Crow: “Y’know, after this beer, we should have a beer sometime.”
    – Crow: “You’d better take off your suit and flag down some help.”
    – Mike: “You know, she displaces no water at all.”
    – “Where are Peter and Stella?”
    Tom: “They’re off being scrawny.”
    – Mike: “Ow! OW! You just laid me on a pufferfish!”
    – Tom: “As seen on T.V.”
    – “What are you gonna do?”
    Crow: “I KNOW!”
    – “The cells of this creature have a life of… Only eight months?”
    Crow: (Guy takes off glasses.) “I’m gonna kick your ass!” It’s true! He really does look pissed off!
    – Tom: “And now, the news. And now, the news again. And now, some more news. And that’s the news.”
    – I really enjoy the Italian segment!
    – Mike: “C’mon, I just wanted to play ‘Free Cell’!”
    – Well, the guy did say “don’t move” before he shot him!
    – This movie proves only one thing: The United States Coast Guard will be anywhere you want them to be.
    – “Peter, the thing’s on top of you!”
    Crow: “Not unlike you and me earlier!”
    – I love how Tom sings as Peter walks out of the Western-looking building.
    – I can’t help but laugh at their incessant laughing!
    – Bobo’s greatest freakout.


  21. thequietman says:

    Yeah, banter banter banter FISH!

    This one to me is not quite a classic on the level of “Mitchell” or last week’s “Final Sacrifice” but still a enjoyable outing, good for background noise as you enjoy your afternoon. Watching it again all the various edits make me wonder if this was a recut version to match the re-titling or if this was originally released that way. It’s taken me several viewings just to make sense of who’s plotting against who.

    The host segments are goofy fun, especially the S.S. Castle Forrester, though I wish they’d given Beez more to do than look mortified and bury her face in Patrick’s chest.

    Fave riff:
    If I die adopt a single currency, eat snails and don’t shave your armpits!

    [dumping of gasoline]
    Well, this should take care of- every living THING in the Everglades!


  22. Muskrat Suzie says:

    Get your flame throwers out, grab a stick of Juicy Fruit!


  23. Yeti of Great Danger says:

    A good but not great episode. After watching it I have the urge to put on more sunscreen and use hair conditioner. However, one of the best and most useful riffs is “You know, just because you CAN edit doesn’t mean you SHOULD.” I say or think it a lot with various words substituted for “edit.” For example, on this site — just because you CAN respond like a troll douchebag on every thread doesn’t mean you SHOULD.


  24. littleaimishboy says:

    All time great episode.


  25. Sitting Duck says:

    Missed riff – the Dr. says fish developed teeth 320 years ago. I guess real biology was not required for your doctorate.

    Or they accidentally left off a few zeros.

    Smoothie of Great Power:
    Creating a creature that will reproduce asexually and destroy all other life in the ocean, thus crippling the economy and sustenance of countless cities is apparently profitable.

    Perhaps as a ransom scheme. But then they’d be acting more like a crime syndicate than a traditional corporation.


  26. • A few fans conjectured that segment 3 was BBI’s response to some fan complaints (baloney, if you ask me) that the show was overdoing jokes mocking the movie characters’ nationality. By now, I imagine the writers have long forgotten whether it was or not, so we’ll never know if it was intentional.

    thequietman: If I die adopt a single currency, eat snails and don’t shave your armpits!

    Although you also have the episode right in the middle of their S8-9 UK/Canada “world-trolling” roll (right after the episode from the country that gave us Anne Murray and beer on the sun), only…there’s no SciFi Italy to pick on.
    As a result, you’ll notice most of the standard default world-trolling gags in the riffs never quite get around to using the I-word: “Yep, this movie looks totally EUROPEAN!” “So, this is EUROPEAN for ‘subtle’?” “Hi, I’m feeling really EUROPEAN today!”
    (Yeah, “European”, as in, how many cheap Belgian shark movies have we had?)

    I mean, y’know…What’s the point of trolling people who aren’t there to pick up the phone? :(
    Well, this was before Brexit, maybe the UK will be insulted at “European”-bashing. Six o’ one, close enough.


  27. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Regrettably, most the characters’ names just…never quite register with me so some comments may be mildly confusing to me. So it goes. :-|

    SAMPO: This week Mike is reading Mary Tyler Moore’s book “After All.” Is he a member of the book of the month club?

    As good an explanation as any and better than some. :-)

    Finnias Jones:
    “Say, we’re about to have one of our dolphin orgies, if you’re…”– Crow

    I recently came across (too bad I don’t remember where) the factoid that dolphins are supposedly the only species (besides humans) who engage in sex for pleasure AS WELL AS for procreation. So there’s that, anyway.

    “Dolphins! One of the smartest mammals on Earth! Do they wear pants? NO!” And now we know why…

    Finnias Jones:
    More riffs about Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis.” God, how I hate that song.

    So which is creepier, the Memphis ladies who think it’s appropriate to outright ask a stranger his religion (what, is their hospitality somewhat contingent on that? probably…) or the “I am if it’ll get me the food” attitude in return? :-|

    Finnias Jones:
    I like Mike’s “hanging his Evinrude right out there” jokes.

    To me, Evinrude will always be a dragonfly…

    Finnias Jones: Servo: “That’s so big its an eleventacle.”

    Meanwhile, the giant octopus in 1955’s “It Came from Beneath the Sea” only had five tentacles because the filmmakers couldn’t afford to make one with eight. Which has nothing to do with anything, I guess.

    Finnias Jones:
    As soon as the segment cuts to commercial, the very first commercial is for Barilla pasta. This commercial is easily 100 times more stereotypical towards Italians than host segment #3.

    “I like a movie that takes a moral stand. Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” a violent look at the authentic Mafia, focuses exclusively on the deadly tools of the trade. It makes the clear and resonant point that Italian sausage should be banned.” — Stephen Hunter, Violent Screen: A Critic’s 13 Years on the Front Lines of Movie Mayhem

    Just…memorable, I guess. :-)

    Colossus Prime:
    And of course we also once again have someone come up to the satellite with ease and no attempt by Mike and the bots to try and leave with them.

    Well, the only way the electrician got up there was that Pearl let him get up there. Pearl will let him come back down but not Mike and the Bots. As with the “there’s no air out there” reference in “Neptune,” it’s safe to presume that Mike and the Bots already know this and just don’t even try any more. Much like many of the movies themselves. ;-)

    Colossus Prime:
    the absolutely stupid motivation of the antagonists

    See, there’s this thing about mad scientists. They’re crazy. Crazy people think crazy things make sense. Because they’re crazy.

    It might not have been nearly as glaring if Dr. Forrester had been the one explaining it. ;-)

    Sweetness! I also heard that some of the original cast are getting together again to film a sequel to Devilfish! Awesome! Sort of like Hobgoblins, but certain actors will reprise their original roles.

    Bizarrely enough, that strikes me as kind of…improbable. I can roll with so much else but that one, IIIII dunno…

    The thing that bothers me the most about these “prehistoric monster” movies is that there always seems to be some idiot who thinks the monster is millions of years old. Why would that be your first instinct? Nothing lives that long dummies!!!! They are stunned to learned that our devil fish is only 8 months old. I’m stunned that there are any “scientists” that stupid.:roll:

    The simple act of being a scientist in no way means that you’re a good scientist…

    Besides, dumb works cheap. Budget cuts, y’know.

    Italian, I mean Floridian TV repairman: “There are three gorgeous women waiting for me in New York.”
    Crow: “The Del Rubio sisters?”

    I would’ve said “the Hooper Triplets” of Happy Days “unseen character” obscurity.

    “Now there’s a six-pack to go…” — The Fonz, considering the Triplets as a potential date for Mork from Ork (airdate September 14, 1978)

    Oh no he di’n’t, oh, yes, he did, that’s what the man said, all right, I heard what he said, he said that…

    “Of course I am American and not Italian, I drive a truck.”

    It’s “trock,” actually. Unless I’m wrong. ;-)

    This movie features one of my favorite examples of dumb movie science, wherein the skinny professor lady says that prehistoric monsters lived 350 years ago in the “Cetaceous”(sic) era.

    Well, fair’s fair, that could’ve been just verbal typos.

    Cinzia Ponti…she gets brutally killed off in the infamous “New York Ripper”

    In which the serial rapist/killer talks like a duck. Quite a juxtaposition, that.

    Of course I’m serious, why would I make up something like that? How could I make up something like that?

    ¡Tintorera!: -By 1984, the Europeans have already given their contributions to the “killer fish” genre with OK results (“Tentacles”, “Great White”, etc.). The makers of these movies also felt the bite of Spielberg’s lawyers. Even the “Jaws” franchise itself and everything associated with it was on its way out. What gives?

    The zeitgeist can be a harsh taskmaster. “All right, move it along, folks, nothing more to see here…”

    Sopkiw was a marijuana smuggler but after he was caught, jailed, and paroled he couldn’t resume being a sailor

    Really? That seems so arbitrary…

    Less Lee Moore:
    Has anyone seen “Macabro”? It is exceedingly disturbing.

    Well, I just read about it and, yes, I’d have to concur.

    Mike: “What’s with the butt shots? Did the director think this guy was hot?”

    And so what if he did? You got a problem with that, Nelson…?

    – They use the usual bad movie “out” of never clearly showing the monster.That doesn’t add to the suspense, filmmakers, it just screams “cheap!”

    Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s more often done not for suspense purposes but to minimize showing the filmgoers just how crappy-looking the monster is…

    Raptorial Talon:
    As someone interested in paleontology, the part of the film where the so-called “scientist” lady utterly, utterly butchers the history of sharks always sends me into histrionics. Most of the critters there are REPTILES, not sharks, the one shark they actually show she refers to by the NAME of a reptile (how’s that for irony?), and the remaining creature is older than and unrelated to sharks. And the “Cetaceous” period would, linguistically, be the “whale-bearing” period. Idiots.

    See above about science and dumb and stuff.

    Can you imagine the semi-decent Devil Fish creature model as cheap CGI?(shudder)

    If some of the original cast are indeed getting together again to film a sequel to Devilfish, we may not need to imagine it…

    -“Sorry about that crack on electricians. My father’s village was burned to the ground by electricians.”

    Oh, and he himself was suspiciously absent, was he? Hm…

    Or was it like a sword-and-sorcery plot?

    -“Does she live in a department store?!?”

    If I were to say “a perfect opportunity for a John Collier’s Evening Primrose riff, wasted” would anyone know what I was talking about? ;-)

    “The director’s vision: lots of shots of things.”

    Not things again…

    Colossus Prime:
    Some of you are putting way too much thought into the whole “Gypsy doesn’t recognize Pearl” thing:)

    Yeah, too much thought’s a thing we do around here. A lot. ;-)

    Maybe Gypsy was just playing along with Pearl’s farce. After all, Pearl Forrester lives in a castle. Pearl Forrester is not in command of a cruise ship. This woman claims to be in command of a cruise ship so ergo ipso facto therefore this woman cannot be Pearl Forrester. Logic.


  28. docskippy says:

    I’m pretty sure this movie hasn’t received a DVD/Blu-ray release in the U.S. (apart, of course, from its MSTed form). Hey Code Red, you’ve already released Blastfighter, another Lamberto Bava movie starring Sopkiw – get on it and give us an uncut Blu-ray of Shark: Rosso nell Oceano!


  29. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    – Saundra is really immature.

    Well, it kind of depends on how old (and thus how mature) she was supposed to be in the first place (the actress was 26 at the time but that’s inconclusive). If pressed, I suppose I’d categorize her as “frivolous,” perhaps compensating for her boss (whose name is, uh, “Bob,” right?) being such a grouch. IMHO she seemed like she might be kind of fun to hang around with.

    I wonder if addressing her white employer as “Master” was intended by her to be “cute” (no telling what the screenwriter intended it to mean). I’m thinking that a young African-American woman who would do that obviously doesn’t take herself too seriously. Alas, Sondra paid the price that so many other horror film characters have for daring to Exist While Black. :-|

    Yes, Sandra had spunk. Evidently Lamberto Bava hated spunk.

    You’re being spirited again…


  30. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Sitting Duck:
    Perhaps as a ransom scheme. But then they’d be acting more like a crime syndicate than a traditional corporation.

    Some reviews claim it was for a government/military contract. Which, by the 1980s, rendered any concept of “practicality” entirely irrelevant. By the 1980s, filmdom pretty much took it for granted that corporations and government agencies (and particularly scientists in either field) were routinely evil or at least uncaring (as in Time Chasers, where both GenCorp and its unseen government contacts were pretty much “ehh” about negative consequences). The Reagan Years taught us many things…

    I don’t recall if the episode had any dialogue clearly stating that the government was behind it all, but even if the episode didn’t, the unedited version of the film might have such dialogue. Shrug.

    I’m vaguely recalling a film in which the government created flying piranhas and one of the scientists, when asked why, said something to the effect of “We’re scientists. That’s what we do.” I can’t guarantee that film was an eighties film, though. I may or may not try to look it up later.

    Although, really, Cinematic Titanic’s “Rattlers” depicted the military as behind all the bad stuff and that was in 1976. It was just more prevalent by the eighties, though.


  31. littleaimishboy says:

    The unriffed (but I don’t know if uncut) version of DEVILFISH (one word) is available on amazon (free to watch for Prime members).


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