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Henry Fonda as Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction
Shelley Winters as Tillie Turner
John Huston as Ned Turner
Claude Akins as Sheriff Robards
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Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 3 / 10

B-movie trying to be Jaws

A creature is hunting off the Californian coast. Reporter Ned Turner (John Huston) recruits marine scientist Will Gleason to investigate the mysterious dead bodies. Tillie (Shelley Winters) is Ned's wife. Ned has been reporting on the tunnel construction company owned by Mr. Whitehead (Henry Fonda). The community prepares for an upcoming sailing regatta.

This is trying to follow the success of Jaws. It is nowhere as good and it suffers from its obvious copycat nature. With such legendary actors, it's assumed that they would be the constant leads and a guy like Huston could take over. It's all very bland and there is nothing these actors can do to save this. The three veterans don't have possession of the screen. Screen time is scattered among nobodies and secondary characters. The giant octopus is mostly silly. There are some miniature work and a rubber creature. There is some underwater work but nothing that exciting. Same goes for the action. This is a poor attempt to grab onto a tailcoat.

Reviewed by Jim Mullen Tate (TheFearmakers) 10 / 10

Eight Legs of Italian-Imported Greatness

The haunting techno keyboard riff by one of Quentin Tarantino's long list of sampled bits of soundtrack, Stelvio Cipriani, opens the 1977 Italian made JAWS exploitation, TENTACLES, on an ominous level that deserves more praise and appreciation to the overall underrated motion picture it envelopes...

With creative camera angles, including a ghost boat being towed in to bay while onlookers both move forward and recede slowly from a reverse crane shot, director Ovidio G. Assonitis, who'd produce THE VISITOR two years later and with a list of cult b-flicks under his belt, works stealthily alongside his stock composer to, like the 1975 Steven Spielberg shark summer blockbuster, not spoil the killer octopus all at once, maintaining slowburn suspense in an Alfred Hitchcock fashion...

While the acting isn't as good as the overall visual, including underwater shots that look nice but tend to obstruct the body count storyline, and anticipating a boat race regalia for an inevitable mid-peak, the actors are, well... on paper, pretty darn great. And yet, John Huston, Shelley Winters (both in THE VISITOR) and Henry Fonda don't have much to do: The first plays a snoopy journalist while the other's young son prepares for that forbiddingly formidable race (Fonda literally phones in his performance) as Claude Akins's stalwart Sheriff wanders around looking for answers. But it's the always supercool and dependable Bo Hopkins... working at at an oceanic theme park with two trusty killer whales and a gorgeous girlfriend (Delia Boccardo, who could be Heather Graham's aunt, aesthetically) seems to good to be true, or to last... who is the true main character here....

A cross between Robert Shaw's hunter Quint but with the friendly countenance of Richard Dreyfuss, Bo seems more the "ringer" than even the veterans. The only downfall is how much time's spent on, like in JAWS, an adventurous third act in which this Hooper-Quint hybrid takes way too long in the open sea to finish off — along with the endearing Orca duo (who both thankfully survive!) — the eight-armed monster for good. The music becomes more of a typical gallant symphony than the previous mid-tempo dirge, which had supplied the best TENTACLES had to offer with... like in most horror flicks... the (in this case fairly long and entertaining) metronomic buildup. (CultFilmFreaks.com)

Reviewed by MonsterVision99 6 / 10

Not bad, really fun Jaws rip-off

This wasn't so bad, with a run time of about 100 minutes and it being an Italian Jaws rip-off this had all the ingredients of a terrible giant monster movie, most underwater monster movies are really boring and cheap, "Tentacles" its neither of those, at least its only that for a few scenes.

The music its good, the direction its decent, the acting its serviceable and the attack scenes are not suspenseful but they are fun to watch. One big problem is that its terribly overwritten and most of the plot points it introduces don't really have a conclusion or at least not a satisfying one. Also, this movie has a thing for duality, I don't know if its intentional or not, but that's just something I noticed.

For being a movie with real stars and decent effects it could be considered somewhat disappointing but I haven't heard many good things about it, so I decided to give it a decent rating, however, sometimes it was dangerously close to a notorious Ed Wood movie scene.

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