Octaman is a 1971 American science-fiction horror film written and directed by Harry Essex (co-writer of The Creature from the Black Lagoon).
The film stars Pier Angeli (who committed suicide towards the end of the production), Kerwin Mathews and Jeff Morrow.
It was filmed on an estimated budget of $250,000 in Mexico and Bronson Canyon in California and the Octaman was created by Doug Beswick and Rick Baker (It’s Alive; An American Werewolf in London).
A clip from Octaman is featured on a television screen in Joe Dante’s Gremlins: The New Batch (1990).
A scientific expedition to a remote fishing village discovers high levels of radiation as well as a strange mutant-like small octopus that walks on land and has bizarre human-like eyes. The leader of the expedition teams up with a circus owner who wants to exploit the weird creature but trouble ensues when the two men discover their crew has been slaughtered and the mutant is missing.
Tales from the villagers come to light describing the local legend of a half-man, half-sea serpent, but what the expedition finds is an astounding seven-foot-tall walking octopus that has a lust for human blood! Now, the hunters have become the hunted and the race is on…
“Featuring a truly silly (but kinda loveable) monster created by future Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London), bafflingly inept direction by Creature from the Black Lagoon screenwriter Harry Essex (who manages to shamelessly rip off his own ‘50s classic at every turn) and an almost constant stream of unintentional laughs, Octaman definitely gets eight tentacles up on the bad movie-meter!” The Loft Cinema
“… we see a LOT of Octaman. He shows up in the opening credits, wobbling around and flailing his (four) arms, and is never far from the camera for the ensuing 79 minutes. The suit is early work from Rick Baker, and while ludicrous overall, nevertheless is kind of creepy, especially it’s large green-and-orange eyes. With a bigger budget, it could have been a truly scary monster.” Radiation-Scarred Reviews