Octaman (1971)

This movie holds the distinction of being some of Rick Baker’s first work. Made in Mexico, it was directed by Harry Essex, who wrote It Came from Space and Creature from the Black Lagoon

Dr. Rick Torres (Kerwin Mathews, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) and Susan Lowry (Pier Angeli in her final film, as she died during production of the film) has found not just too much radiation in the waters of a small Mexican town, but also a mutant octopus that can crawl on land.

The mainstream science community scoffs at this notion, so Torres must work with circus owner Johnny Caurso (Jerome Guardino, who in addition to acting, as also the second-unit director from Grave of the Vampire and Dream No Evil), who wants to take the octopus on the road.

There’s some ridiculousness here with David Essex (The Cremators) as Davido, a Mexican Indian who shares the legend of the half-serpent, half-man that lives in these waters. He’s able to escape just about any predicament due to his magical native powers.

The man in the Octaman suit was Read Morgan, who was The CarBlood BeachDudesHollywood Hot Tubs and more. The suit was so fragile and the vision so limited, that led to the shambling, near drunken way that the creature moves.

Even if you haven’t seen this movie, you’ve seen it. In Fright Night, Peter Vincent shows the final scenes — where beauty does indeed kill the beast — as being from a movie called Mars Needs Flesh.

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