Roger Corman has another cross-species mutant sci-fi title coming out, this one called “Sharktopus vs Mermantula”. Production just finished on the film, shot in the Dominican Republic on August 9, it features actor Catherine Oxenberg (Dynasty, Acapulco H.E.A.T., Watch Over Me) playing the mad scientist whose quest to create the perfect man runs afoul when her experimental drugs transform a washed-up baseball player into the hideous and hapless half-merman, half-tarantula known as Mermantula. Meanwhile, Sharktopus has returned to terrorize the Caribbean location where the scientist and her Mermantula struggle with the transformative process.
Also featured in the film is Oxenberg’s real life husband, Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Watch Over Me) plays the affable local drunk Ray, who is engaged by a voodoo-practicing crime boss to collect a portion of Sharktopus for use in his nefarious rituals. Ray, grappling to retrieve a remnant of Sharktopus, gets caught up in the wild battle between Sharktopus vs. Marmantula, a disaster of monstrous proportions.
Corman recently launched “Corman’s Drive-In” on YouTube as part of Google’s new initiative offering viewers a variety of subscription-based specialty channels. Corman’s Drive-In serves as the online archives for the more than 400 films produced by Corman and his wife, Julie Corman. Fans of horror, science fiction, mutant monster mash-ups and more can subscribe to view a specific selection of Corman’s films each month, with titles rotated frequently to provide fresh entertainment offerings. The channel also serves as a platform for exploring new films from the Cormans that are currently in development and/or production, providing sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes and exclusive interviews with the Cormans and their creative teams and talent.