Would you rather have two bad monster movies or nothing at all? I agree: two bad monster movies. Shout! Factory offers up two bad monster movies for the price of one for movie buffs that appreciate the schlock and awe of giant badly designed monsters wreaking havoc within budget limitations. First up there’s 1977’s “Tentacles” directed by Ovidio G. Assoninitis and is one of the many Jaws-sploitation movies to come out of the decade. This time around there’s an all star cast of John Huston, Bo Hopkins and Henry Fonda, all of whom reside in a seaside resort town.
Huston plays reporter Ned Turner, who uncovers a string of disappearances in the local beaches are linked to a giant, hungry octopus. Of course! It’s always the octopi. There’s also the great Shelley Winters in such a shockingly great cast. “Tentacles” runs through the motions doing everything it can to confuse audiences in to thinking it’s “Jaws” and there’s even Henry Fonda in one of his last roles as a corporate meanie who stifles the fight against the titular Tentacled Terror. The Danes try their hand at a giant monster movie with 1961’s “Reptilicus” in which copper miners discover the detached tail of a giant monster. Said tail grows a new monster which begins wreaking havoc on Copenhagen as the Danish military work to destroy it.
The only problem is that whenever the monster loses a piece of itself it grows a new copy, prompting scientists to work on figuring out how to stop the beast without growing a whole breed of giant, stiff monsters dangling on wires. Lightly sexist, and delightfully tedious, “Reptilicus” is a fun lesson on what not to do when you’re attempting to make your own giant monster movie. The monster in Reptilicus doesn’t show up until at least forty five minutes in, so you can get a drink while the movie pads the time with a ton of tedious build up and zero pay off. “Tentacles” features the original theatrical trailer, a photo gallery, and the original radio spot for it. “Reptilicus” features the original theatrical trailer, and a photo gallery.