Former 80s pop icon Deborah Gibson is finding success in unexpected places, notably in the direct-to-DVD thriller Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. From its over-the-top campy trailer, to its cast of has-beens including Lorenzo Lamas, this may be one of those movies that is so bad that it’s funny. Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus will be available on DVD starting Tuesday.
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus takes influences from 1950s sci-fi hits such as The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Attack of the Crab Monsters, and Radar Men from the Moon.
The Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus trailer begins with the ominous voiceover announcing “ten million years ago, they were frozen in combat.” Now they are loose, as Deborah Gibson suggests to “Let them kill each other.” Flash forward to scenes of the mega shark and the giant octopus biting the Golden Gate Bridge, eating planes, and sinking ships, and the proclamation that “we’re dealing with a menace.”
For whatever reasons, Deborah Gibson and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus have become an internet hot topic, topping Google Trends. As Deborah Gibson told MTV News, “When you’re doing an indie film like that, you feel like, ‘I’m doing this little fun, under-the-radar thing. You never know what’s going to pop.”
Deborah Gibson Finds Success with Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus: Life and Career
Born in 1970, Deborah Gibson is a native of Brooklyn and Long Island. She is also trained in piano and ukulele. Deborah Gibson was a popular late 80s and early 90s pop icon famous for hits such as Out of the Blue, Only in My Dreams, Shake Your Love, and Foolish Beat. At age 17, Foolish Beat reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a Billboard No. 1 hit.
While Deborah Gibson enjoyed a wholesome image throughout her career, she caused a bit of controversy in 2005 by posing nude for Playboy. This move coincided with the release of her single Naked, which peaked at #35 on Billboard.
Deborah Gibson also had a run on Broadway in the 1990s as Eponine from Les Miserables. In 2006, her duet with Jordan Knight reached #24 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. She is currently lobbying for a spot on Dancing With the Stars.
Deborah Gibson and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus: Other 80s Icons
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus represents a resurgence in popularity for Deborah Gibson. Yet she is not the only 80s pop icon to experience a boost in her career. After long being written off as a “has-been,” Paula Abdul premiered her new single I’m Just Here for the Music, debuting at No. 80 on the Billboard Hot 100, her first appearance on the charts in 12 years.
Perhaps Paula Abdul could produce a parody of Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus with Randy Jackson as the Mega Shark and Simon Cowell as the Giant Octopus.
Deborah Gibson Talks ‘Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus,’ Brian Jacks, MTV News