Director: Harry Essex
Year of Production: 1971
Running Time: 76m 02s
Catalogue Number: EE03 094
Release Date: 1980
Country: USA / Mexico
Pier Angeli [Anna Maria Pierangeli], Kerwin Mathews, Jeff Morrow, David Essex, Jerome Guardino, Robert Warner, Norman Fields, Jax Jason Carroll, Wally Rose, Buck Kartalian, Richard Cohen, Samuel Peloso
A scientific team in Mexico discover a pool of unusual baby "octopus-like" specimens. Gathering a few for analysis back at the lab, it is soon discovered that the critters belong to a gangly six-foot half man/half octopus-like creature, that's pretty angry and wants her 'babies' returned...
Actress Pier Angeli died of a suspected drug overdose during the film's production. Her date of death would suggest that the film was actually completed sometime around September 1971, although it wasn't released until March 1976.
Rick Baker is noted to have been one of two people whom wore the Octaman costume during production, in what must have been one of his very first screen appearances so to speak! Rick went on to design the magnificent costume design of Kong in John Guillermin's 1976 feature King Kong, before creating "Blue", the realistic ape costume for Tanya's Island in 1980 which led to being asked to create costumes for Hugh Hudson's production of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes in 1984 which won him a BAFTA Film Award for "Best Make Up Artist".
While NOT a trailer, this brief scene from OCTAMAN showcases the film's bizarre nature while demonstrating the truly whacked-out and flailing, rubbery and gangly monster costume, as worn by Rick Baker!