The First Look At Roger Corman's 'Dinoshark'

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter / Avery Guerra

Isn't it wonderful that giant mutant monsters are popular again. After J.J. Abrams unleashed his giant monster movie, "Cloverfield", in theaters two years ago, there has been a non-stop parade of independent features where the motto, "bigger is better", has really been taken seriously.

Last year, The Asylum, made a huge media splash with their film "Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus". The film featured former 80s pop sensation, Debbie Gibson, playing second fiddle to a titanic shark and an equally gigantic octopus. Likewise, films of the same vein like, "Dinocroc vs. Supergator", "Megaconda," and even The Asylum's follow-up to "Mega Shark", called "Megapiranha", were all rushed into production by the end of 2009.

Now it seems that the king of B movie monsters, Roger Corman, was feeling a little left-out by all of this, so he has developed his own giant monster film for the SyFy Channel called, "Dinoshark."

Lets see....Megaconda....Dinocrock.....Mega Shark........Dinoshark. Makes perfect sense in the grand scheme of things, doesn't it?

Originally SyFy was playing around with two other monster film ideas, which they wanted Corman to help develop, "Dinocroc 2" and "Sharktopus!". In the end they passed on "Dinocroc 2", but went ahead with "Sharktopus!", which presented Corman with the challenge of figuring out how to combine a shark with an octopus.

"'Sharktopus!' is more difficult because you can imagine a prehistorical crocodile like the Dinocroc, but there's no such thing as prehistoric half-shark, half-octopus," Corman said. "I tried to figure out how to do this."

The solution? The U.S. Navy has commissioned a group called Blue Water to genetically engineer a half-shark, half-octopus to help combat Somali pirate ships. Then things go wrong.

"It's fairly difficult to believe, but we only ask the audience to accept this one thing," he said. "After that, we take great care that everything else is logical from then on and is something that could happen."

Sounds like a lot to swallow to me.

For "Dinoshark", Corman turned to a more traditional approach for a giant monster movie, something more reminiscent to the classic creature features of the 50s and 60s, something with a "Godzilla" feel to it.

"Global warming causes the glaciers to break apart," Corman explains. "We start the picture with real beautiful shots of the glaciers falling into the ocean. The unborn egg of the Dinoshark that has been frozen for millions of years is released."

Actually, if you take a close look at the image of the Dinoshark (above), you can see a hint of the "King of the Monsters" there, but mostly it just looks like a monster shark with a T-Rex head attached.

Look for "Dinoshark" to premiere on SyFy, March 13th.

Dinosharks, Mega Sharks, Sharktopus, Dinocrocs? Good grief! This thing is really getting out of hand.

I'm going to develop my own creature, Dinotopuscrocshark! It's going to be one bad-ass monster.....that's very complicated......and has an identity crisis.

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  1. I was all gung-ho for this until you mentioned Sci-Fi channel. Anything SFC or Asylum makes is pure crap IMO. The acting, the special FX and the plot/story is absolutely horrid. Most look like they were filmed in a week on a $1000 budget ("Monster" made by Asylum for example). I'm not trying to be mean. I really like mutant dino movies, but damn, most of the audience has more than two brain cells to rub together and they want to be entertained. We want to see these types of movies but we don't want our intelligence insulted either. Compare B movies from today to those of yesteryear and you can see the contrast in quality.

  2. The government makes a giant monster to fight pirates, and it's by Corman? I don't care if the special effects are inflatable animals in a kiddie pool, this is going to be epic!

    PS: I actually like some Asylum's flicks. So far SFC has been nothing but a disappointment. I'll give them a chance with this one however.

  3. Dinotopuscrocshark, eh? Perhaps you'd fancy your creature with a match-up against Dinobear?

  4. Actually, I have a sequel in the works.

    Dinotopuscrocshark vs Megaorcacondasaurus

    That one will star Samantha Fox.

    Maybe in a third film?


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