SHARK WEEK-DEEP BLOOD

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Wow, it took me a while to track down a copy of this odd Joe D’Amato shark movie but I finally got one made from yet another Japanese laser disc. It’s a fairly goofy effort, not nearly as lively as GREAT WHITE but it did end up as part of CRUEL JAWS as well. The plot has a group of young boys who while roasting weenies on the beach are warned by a hobo/Indian about an angry sea god. As these things go they take a blood oath to fight sea monsters. Years later as teenagers, a series of shark attacks plague  their beach community and they are forced to face their past and honor the blood oath from the magical hobo/Indian. Basically it’s a variation of any of the Stephen King books where a group of kids have something bad happen then take an Indian related blood oath that they remember years later. There are sub-plots ( because a shark movie demands them) about the town bully, their mean parents, dead moms, failure to meat parental expectations and all that stuff King pads his books with.

Most of the shark footage is the same National Geographic footage that seems to pop up everywhere but there’s also a fake shark head. If you just watch the superior CRUEL JAWS you’ll get all the good stuff. The print I saw was pretty dark and looked better in CRUEL JAWS including the ending where they blow up the shark god’s shipwreck hideaway ( The USS Cleveland in CRUEL JAWS). Years back a supposed still of this flick popped up in a book called SPAGHETTI NIGHTMARES but it’s actually from GREAT WHITE.

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SHARK WEEK-CRUEL JAWS

 

 

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The overwhelming positive response(actually one comment not really even about Shark Week but a high for this blog) to SHARK WEEK means that it will continue! That’s right friends, more Shark Cinema.  So let’s get back in the water with the Bruno Mattei collage of a film CRUEL JAWS.  Mattei is such a cinematic genius he really didn’t even need much original footage to make one of the greatest films ever. That’s right, not just greatest shark film ever, but the greatest film ever(made from bits of the JAWS series, GREAT WHITE and DEEP BLOOD. and a morsel of the Peter Benchley novel WHITE SHARK a.k.a CREATURE). I suppose we also need to add some of the score from STAR WARS and probably some more John Williams. So how did he accomplish this feat? Not sure but it looks like he took the winner of the Hulk Hogan lookalike contest from a bait shop in Panama City Florida, added a guy who sorta looks Patrick Swayze,  recruited everybody who ever did a local used car lot commercial and then described to them what he remembered from the one time he saw JAWS before turning the camera on and having a go at it. 

Hulk Hoganish plays Dag, a former whaler who now owns an low budget dolphin show aquarium. In the recent past he lost his wife and his daughter was crippled. But she’s got spirit and loves dolphins. Sadly, an evil developer is gonna kick Dag off the property for not paying rent and sell the property to the mob. The killer shark arrives to make things worse. A Peter Scolari lookalike plays the Hooper role and there’s another sub-plot about Dag’s son dating the evil developer’s daughter. The Patrick Swayzeish guy is the developer’s mulleted son and wind surfing champion. The regatta scene from GREAT WHITE reappears, as well as the cave scene, the helicopter scene and perhaps most inexplicably, the cheerleading scene. Chunks of dialog from JAWS are re-imagined, as well as the exploding boat from JAWS 2 and the Dennis Quaid catching his brother making out scene from JAWS  III. Regrettably, no one does Louis Gossett Jr.’s Calvin Broussard. It turns out the killer tiger shark was a military experiment that escaped from the USS CLEVELAND. Yes, it’s just that awesome. It’s hard not to like a movie that combines the awesomeness of so many movies and just doesn’t give a fuck.

"Hear that? It's thunder in Paradise"

"Hear that? It's thunder in Paradise"

 

"I wish my legs worked so I could leave"

"I wish my legs worked so I could leave"

Hey Look kids, it's Bruno Mattei"

Hey Look kids, it's Bruno Mattei"

 

Dude, lose the chick and lets rub dicks"

Dude, lose the chick and let's rub dicks"

 

"Hey, did they ever find Morrow's head?"

"Hey, did they ever find Morrow's head?"

 

Pole grabbing Castellari style

Pole grabbing Castellari style

and re-imagined by Mattei

and re-imagined by Mattei