Sometimes, the title of a movie may not give you any idea what a film is about.
For example, “You’ve Got Mail” could have been about a stalker who sends somebody threatening emails. Or “Animal House” could have been about an elderly woman who lives with over 100 cats in her house.
Other times, the title of a movie gives you a sense of what the movie is going to be about.
For example, “The Adventures of Robin Hood” lets you know it’s going to be about Robin Hood. Or “Chinatown” at least tells you where the movie is set.
However, rarely does the title of a movie reveal both what the movie is about, as well as hint at how good (or bad) the movie is going to be.
Unfortunately, my son and I experienced such a situation last night with the movie we decided to watch.
It happened while we were getting ready to watch the first episode of the new season of Bosch on Amazon. As we were scrolling through the listings to find Bosch, we saw a movie titled, “Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf”. My son and I half-jokingly said let’s watch that later; my wife wisely said nothing. Secretly, though, I think both my son and I wanted to at least check it out.
So we all watched Bosch together (looks like another great season ahead), had some dinner, and then we played some cards. After that, the three of us went our separate ways (one of the keys to surviving a stay at home order), but later my son and I somehow ended up in front of the TV and I asked him if we should check out Sharktopus, after all, it was free if you have Amazon Prime.
He readily agreed, and two minutes later we were watching.
Three minutes later, we knew it was a mistake.
Ninety minutes later we were watching the credits.
In case you couldn’t guess from the title, this movie is about a crazed, mutant shark + octopus hybrid facing off against a crazed, mutant whale + wolf hybrid. And yes, it is as bad as it sounds.
But for some reason, and I am not proud to admit this, my son and I ended up watching the entire film.
I can’t even call it a B-movie, since that would be an insult to B-movies.
But at least it had truth in advertising.
I think most people, if they saw a movie titled, “Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf”, would have been smart enough to know how bad such a movie was going to be and not even entertain the idea of watching it.
But I guess my son and I just needed to prove it to ourselves, and now we are trying to spare you from making the same mistake.
For those of you who are interested (and I daresay that says something about you if you are), here is the trailer:
I’m really worried about the future of our world when I discovered that the trailer has over five million views…
And like I said, if you have Amazon Prime, this is streaming for free, in case you want to find out who wins…
*image from YouTube