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1 January 2002 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Reilly Burke ... Nick Hartfield
Meredith Morton ... Rachel Starbird

Fredric Lehne ... Walter (as Fredric Lane)

John Thaddeus ... Tony

Chris Williams ... Payton / X-Ray
Stoyan Angelov ... X-Ray

Paul Vincent O'Connor ... Capt. Hensley

Clement Blake ... Mad Dog (as Clement E. Blake)

Duncan Fraser ... Mayor
Violeta Markovska ... Anna Lee
Mariya Mihailova ... Kid
Alexander Kalinov ... Kid
Kalin Kalinov ... Kid
Bogomil Kalinov ... Kid
Mila Atanasova ... Kid
Andreya Popdimitrova ... Kid
Peter Vasilev ... Kid
Miriam Klatman ... Kid
Naum Shopov ... Kid
Yoana Pendachanska ... Kid
Ivailo Nalbantov ... Kid

Shane Edelman ... Mayor's Aid
Harry Anichkin ... Judge (as Haralampi Anichkin)
Maria Slavcheva ... Old Lady
Peter Kostov ... Bus Driver

Velizar Binev ... Hotel Manager
Nikola Dodov ... Southern Man (as Nikolai Dodov)

Marianne Stanicheva ... Southern Woman (as Mariana Stanisheva)
Anastasiya Ingelizova ... Attractive Woman
Scott Coulter ... Dock Worker #1
Liat Bein ... Reporter #1
Dimiter Kuzov ... Tug Boat Captain
Miroslava Bancheva ... Reporter

Franklin A. Vallette ... Albert (as Franklin Vallette)
Konstantin Rafailov ... Little Boy

Rositza Chorbadjiska ... Mommy (as Rositsa Chorbadjiiska)
Georgi Gatzov ... Restaurant Manager (as George Gatsov)
Katerina Goranova ... Police Psychologist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Malina Germanova ... Party Goer (uncredited)

Directed by
Yossi Wein 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Boaz Davidson  story
Danny Lerner  story
Michael D. Weiss  screenplay

Produced by
Boaz Davidson .... producer
Danny Dimbort .... executive producer
Avi Lerner .... executive producer
Danny Lerner .... producer
Trevor Short .... executive producer
David Varod .... producer
Original Music by
Bill Wandel 
Cinematography by
Peter Belcher 
Film Editing by
Cari Coughlin 
Casting by
Abra Edelman 
Elisa Goodman 
Production Design by
Carlos Silva Da Silva 
Art Direction by
Johnny Breedt 
Set Decoration by
Valentina Mladenova 
Production Management
George Gale .... post-production supervisor
Bobby Ranghelov .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Mechkoff .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Bogdan Bogdanov .... carpenter
Nikola Branchev .... stand-by props
Irena Nikolich .... painter
Vladimir Petkov .... carpenter
Rosen Stefanov .... set dresser
Evgeni Yordanov .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor
Krasimir Shtabekov .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Willie Botha .... effects supervisor
Yovko Dogandjiiski .... special effects technician (as Jovko Dogandjiski)
Marten Ruskov .... special effects
Yana Stoyanova .... special effect artist
Visual Effects by
John C. Bush .... computer graphic artist
Michael F. Hoover .... digital artist
Wes C. Caefer .... digital artist (uncredited)
Stoyan Angelov .... utility stunts
John Blush .... stunt player
George Danailov .... stunts
Rumen Grigorov .... utility stunts
Emil Markov .... utility stunts
Krasimir Mitov .... utility stunts
Hristo Parvanov .... utility stunts
Parvan Parvanov .... stunt coordinator (as Parvan Parvanov-Tsatsata)
Nataliya Stoyanova .... utility stunts
Emil Tonev .... utility stunts
Kaloian Vodenicharov .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Nikolai Kostov .... best boy grip
Editorial Department
Bernhard Lebourne .... assistant editor (as Bernhard Larsson)
Todor G. Todorov .... colorist
Music Department
Shie Rozow .... orchestrator
Other crew
Hannah d'Angerio .... ADR Loop Group

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Rated R for some language
Germany:91 min
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Continuity: When the school bus is on the street, it is a 16-passenger school van, but when it enters the tunnel, it turns into a 24-passenger school bus. The interior in the tunnel scenes are too large for the smaller van.See more »
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Well done first half falls apart in the last act, 23 December 2011
Author: Wuchak from Ohio/PA border

Released in the US in January, 2002, "Octopus 2: River of Fear" is a sequel in name only. Whereas the original "Octopus" (2000) had a highly creative storyline involving terrorists, a submarine, a cruise ship and a bizarro-James Bond, "Octopus 2" takes the tried-and-true "Jaws" route. The setting here is New York City. A giant octopus decides to make the East River his home and people inevitably start dying. Two harbor patrol officers discover the cause of the deaths, but are ignored and ridiculed. The city is preparing for its biggest Independence Day celebration ever and the mayor doesn't want the officers' preposterous monster 'story' getting out and causing a mass panic.

As you can see, the basic plot mimics "Jaws" to a 'T.' Regardless, I was pretty impressed with the first half. You could tell the filmmakers and cast really put some thought and effort into making a quality Grade B creature feature, reminiscent of "Kolchak - The Night Stalker." Where "Octopus 2" takes a wrong turn is the last act, which morphs into a disaster film involving a school bus of kids and other vehicles trapped in a river tunnel. Not that it was a bad idea, especially since it gives evidence that the creators wanted to deviate from the basic "Jaws" plot, which I respect, but they failed to execute it. The last act seems rushed and sloppy, like the filmmakers were just trying to get the film done and over with, with almost zero effectiveness. In other words, they started with good intentions and quality vigor, but somewhere along the line they lost their focus & enthusiasm and decided to just go through the motions and collect their paychecks. It's unfortunate because the first half is a solid creature-on-the-loose flick in the manner of "Kolchak."

For a good example of what I mean, check out the scene near the end where the monster -- thought to be dead -- rises up for another attack; this scene is so poorly presented it's hard to believe it was done by the same team that produced the first half.

BOTTOM LINE: The first half is a well-done nature-runs-amok flick featuring a quality cast, particularly the two officers who investigate the killings and the mayoral worker who befriends them, but when the film attempts to morph into a disaster flick it inexplicably falls apart. Yet it's still worthwhile if you like movies along the lines of "Kolchak."

The film runs 94 minutes.


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