Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf (2015)
Synopsis: When a mad scientist mixes the genes of a killer whale and a wolf, it creates the Whalewolf, and it's up to Sharktopus to stop it
The Sharktopus series has been another very popular addition to the SyFy family. The original Sharktopus is one of my favorite SyFy movies. While it's second feature, Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda was not as good as I had hoped it would be, it was a welcomed addition the the series. Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf is the third installment and is quite possibly the best in the series to date.
It took a bit of a twist from their normal casting procedure. As in most SyFy movies, there is one well known actor in the movie and the Sharktopus franchise is no different. In the first 2 installments, the big name actor played the part of the greedy scientist who was responsible for everything that happened. Eric Roberts created Sharktopus in the original, and he was followed by Robert Carradine who created Pteracuda for the sequel. This one switched the script a little bit by casting their well known, Casper Van Dien, to play the hero.
After a drunken night again lands his character Ray in jail, he is bailed out by the island's voodoo man who tells Ray that his repayment for bailing him out is that Ray has to bring him the heart of Sharktopus. Meanwhile Dr. Reinhardt, a scientist who worked in the lab that Sharktopus was created in, is working on her own break through that involves combining the DNA of yet another 2 species. This time she mixes the DNA of a wolf and an Orca. While the Whalewolf does feed, for the most part he is content being Dr. Reinhardt's pet dog. That is, until he realizes that she is attempting to give him up for adoption and leave him. He kills her and goes out on his own. This leads to constant run-ons with Sharktopus.
This is really what I am looking for in a “vs.” movie as a good portion of the movie was the 2 creatures fighting. A lot of their fighting also took place on dry land which was also a pretty cool variation of the typical creature fights. This has the cheesy CGI that's expected. The creatures look so ridiculously fake (obviously) but that is part of what makes it so awesome. The acting was surprisingly good al around and Casper Van Dien was phenomenal. This is a movie that will be staying on my DVR until the DVD is released. Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf is an extremely strong showing for day 2 of Sharknado week. The remaining have a lot to live up to if they are going to topple this as the best movie of the week.
reviewed by Bobby