If Creature From The Black Lagoon was the quintessential monster movie then Octaman is the quintessential bad monster movie. In fact, it’s basically Black Lagoon remade with a negative budget. Such a travesty would be enough to warrant a Movie Of The Week pick, but Octaman does have a few other virtues: the monster is rather good for instance and… and… ahem: Octaman was unleashed in the world in 1971. It feels almost unnecessary to explain that a bunch of scientists travel to a strange land known as Latin America to investigate odd mutations in octopuses. This happens within the first five minutes of the movie. Chaos ensues when Octaman (a larger mutation) appears and stalks the scientists for the remaining 80 minutes or so. It’s all so bad that you immediately fall in love with the movie: the acting is bland, the writing is dumb and you must sit through countless scenes of Octaman capturing the damsel in distress (maybe there were just two of them, but they really felt countless). Another very wrong thing about this movie is that you get to see the monster in question (clearly, entirely, very slowly) during the introduction credits. Yes, you got that right: the number one reason for watching a monster movie, that is, to actually see the monster, is effectively trashed as soon as you hit the play button. Octaman is also notorious for being the last movie of its lead, Pier Angeli, who was shortly found dead of a drug overdose after working in it. Apparently, hitting such a low in her career was too much for her. Finally, a short sequence of Octaman was featured in Fright Night – if you seen it, then you have basically seen the entire movie.