Buried amidst today’s ample crop of fresh DVD releases is a title worthy of closer inspection: 2009’s Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. You may be wondering why this direct-to-video opus is any more noteworthy than other cheapie monster faceoffs like, say, 2005’s Komodo vs. Cobra? Fair question. And here’s the answer: It stars Deborah Gibson as a marine biologist. Ms. Gibson is, of course, none other than the grown-up ’80s bubblegum pop princess “Debbie” Gibson, peddler of the infectiously timeless “Foolish Beat.” Well, it turns out, now she’s acting opposite mega sharks and giant octopi. And why not? Good for her. It probably beats what Tiffany’s up to. Then again, maybe not. Take a look at the clip….
Okay, now pick your jaw up off your desk. It was kind of like a hallucination, right? A very, very low-budget hallucination. Did you notice anything else that was eerily familiar in that craptastic clip? I mean, other than the fact that it looked like something dreamed up by the collective minds of Jules Verne and Verne Troyer? That’s right, Gibson’s costar: Lorenzo Lamas. Is there any question that this celluloid gem is bound for critics’ 10 Best Lists come December? I’m not sure what Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus says or doesn’t say about Ms. Gibson’s career or about our culture as a whole. But I do know this: As soon as I get out of work tonight, I’m picking up a copy of this thing. Who’s with me?