EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|TENTACLES (TENTACOLI) (director: Oliver Hellman; screenwriters: Steven W. Carabatsos/Tito Carpi; cinematographer: Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli; editor: A.J. Curi; music: Stelvio Cipriani; cast: John Huston (Ned Turner), Shelley Winters (Tillie Turner), Bo Hopkins (Will Gleason), Henry Fonda (Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction), Delia Boccardo (Vicky Gleason), Cesare Danova (John Corey), Claude Akins (Sheriff Robards); Runtime: 106; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Enzo Doria; MGM/UA Home Entertainment; 1977)|
|"A Jaw's rip-off."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A Jaw's rip-off, and of many other horror pics. Italian director Oliver Hellman ("Chi Sei?"/"Scared to Death"/"The Spawning") keeps it banal, uninteresting and witless. It's based on a story by Steven W. Carabatsos and Tito Carpi.
Famous big city
journalist, the grizzled Ned Turner (John Huston), comes to a
seaside resort in California, Solano Beach, to snoop
around and get
answers for the mysterious cause of deaths of an
infant, a boatyard
worker and a pair of scuba divers who were mangled to
death while checking
equipment for a drilling company (all vics were stripped to
the bone, with
even their marrows missing) by maybe the same sea
Robards (Claude Akins) wishes to keep the lid on
things and not cause a
Trojan construction company is
building a tunnel in the bay, is worried about his
when the respected journalist claims something doesn't
add up about
Trojan's response after he interviewed their chief
executive Corey (Cesare Danova) and believes the construction job might
have polluted the sea. It's later discovered that an
into a killer giant, caused by vibrations from the
tunnel drilling and
authorized by corrupt executive Corey (interestingly
enough, there's no
punishment for the company).
Things become more melodramatic when a sailing regatta
is run and Ned's
divorced sister Tillie (Shelley Winters) has her sweet
son Tommy in the
race and the giant octopus is on the loose.
Oceanographer Will Gleason (Bo Hopkins), who rose to prominence from the slums, is called in to give us his expert opinion, and when the marine biologist's foxy scuba diving wife (Delia Boccardo) gets eaten by the monster he gets his two trained killer whales to go after the sea monster by having a face to face chat with the killer whales to save the day and believe it or not they respond to their loving handler.
If it only had some humor
wasn't so inert, it could have been a contender for a
flick. The acting was atrocious, while the story line
was lame. The
film's only funny moment was unintentional when it had
Winters sporting a giant sombrero and acting flustered,
and looking as
if she would have been better cast in the role of the
sea monster (who
was dressed with a rubber tentacle and a rubber head).
REVIEWED ON 5/8/2010 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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