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Devil Fish (1984)

Shark: Rosso nell'oceano (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 14 November 1986 (USA)
A marine biologist, a dolphin trainer, a research scientist, and a local sheriff try to hunt down a large sea monster, a shark/octopus hybrid, that is devouring swimmers and fishermen off a south Florida coast.

Director:

Lamberto Bava (as John Old Jr.)

Writers:

Lamberto Bava (additional material), Gianfranco Clerici (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Michael Sopkiw ... Peter
Valentine Monnier ... Dr. Stella Dickens
Gianni Garko ... Sheriff Gordon (as John Garko)
William Berger ... Prof. Donald West
Iris Peynado ... Sandra Hayes
Lawrence Morgant Lawrence Morgant ... Dr. Davis Barker
Cinzia de Ponti ... Florinda (as Cinthia Stewart)
Paul Branco Paul Branco ... Miller
Dagmar Lassander ... Sonja West
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Gruesome findings in the middle of the ocean and mysterious occurrences off the Florida Coast terrify the locals, forcing Sheriff Gordon and marine biologists, Dr Stella Dickens and Dr Bob Hogan, to investigate. More and more, as the news spreads like wildfire, the two scientists find evidence of a terrible underwater monstrosity that is devouring unsuspecting fishermen and swimmers alike, and that somehow, the West Ocean Institute has something to do with the rogue beast that roams the seabed. But, what kind of aquatic, man-eating terror stains the waters red? Written by Nick Riganas

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Trivia

Star Michael Sopkiw attributes the film's flaws and negative reviews to the production's limited budget, saying that Lamberto Bava was a great director. See more »

Goofs

Janet continually mispronounces Cretaceous as "Cetaceous". See more »

Quotes

Doctor: Whatever it is, I wouldn't want to rub it the wrong way.
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Crazy Credits

The "Devil Fish" version shows the title twice at the beginning; once just after the attack on the boat and once during the opening credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: Demons (2018) See more »

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Review for original U.S. version DEVIL FISH.
8 May 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

A "40 foot long" giant mutant squid with five tentacles, razor fangs and the ability to reproduce it's own cells terrorizes a small Florida town. Various marine biologists, doctors and cops plot to kill it. Meanwhile, a human monster named Miller offs people who discover the "Devilfish" is a manmade creation used for the greedy benefit of some evil doctors! Miller attacks a female researcher, strangles her, drowns her in the bathtub, tosses in a hairdryer, then rips the panties off her dead body!

Lots of false alarms are set when our heroes Peter, Stella, Janet and Bob set out on a high tech (high tech for 1984, anyway) "Seaquarium" boat to catch the creature, who is frequently seen in close up or hilariously obvious speeded-up film to seem more menacing. And only fire can destroy it, which leads to a flamethrower-armed posse vs. aquatic beast finale.

This JAWS cash-in is pretty tame (other than a legless corpse and a decapitation) but watchable and benefits from an excellent Antony Barrymore score and a decent (again, for 1984) monster design. Luigi Cozzi and Sergio Martino wrote the original story.

Score: 4 out of 10


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

14 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Filmatix, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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