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Jaws Meets Tremors
on 18 June 2015
This is a likeably daft, schlock horror, creature feature.
An underwater earthquake results in the fracture of a crater deep beneath the ocean surface. Prehistoric, giant-sized sand-dwelling sharks escape through the newly formed crevice and are unleashed on the idyllic island resort of White Sands, a small community which relies on Spring Break tourists for a livelihood.
Jimmy is a feckless, thirty-something, layabout beach bum, who's supposed to make a living organising festivals and events for the island. Deputy Sheriff Brenda is the brave and conscientious local law enforcement. Amanda is a stunning, thirty-something brunette, a lawyer for an big investment company which has an interest in the struggling beach resort. Sandy Powers is a leading shark scientist with a passion for her work.
As the shark kills mount, it's left to these four individuals to become reluctant heroes and try to save the day...
This is a very silly, campy and cheesy creature flick, and it's very clearly a fond tribute to the two movies Jaws and Tremors. The story of a small holiday resort community, having to cope with the unwanted publicity from shark attacks, is an unabashed steal from Jaws. The marauding dino-sharks, who live and move about underground through the rocks and sand, are an obvious spin on the carnivorous giant worms in Tremors. The CGI is bargain basement and the acting is ropey. It's obviously a relentlessly dumb, goofy film, but good to watch as a brain-freeze movie, and something of a guilty pleasure.
If you enjoy a laughably silly B-movie monster pic, you'll probably like this film. Other similar films, all of which are great entertainment and better executed than Sand Sharks, include The Blob, Grabbers, The Host, Sharknado 2 and Q: The Winged Serpent.
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