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Sand Sharks [DVD]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
If you like scary, edge-of-your-seat, well crafted creature features - or monster movies with horrifyingly realistic CGI and grade A SFX - pass this one by with a wide berth.
If you like crummy B-movies and ultra-low budget "so bad its good" jobs; the sort of thing you would watch with a raised eye-brow and a smile, while shaking your head dissaprovingly at it over the popcorn - then you'll probably quite like this, because Sand Sharks is one of the "best" worst films Ive seen in a good long while.

The premise is, pretty much, explained by the title and front cover - "prehistoric looking sharks what live in sand chewing on locals and tourists during a spring break party" and is flimsy at best: theres a lame attempt at explaining the science and biology behind it but far from giving it credibility it just makes it more ridiculous. And thats the key selling point - it is a ludicrous yet charmingly bad B movie - and it knows it.

The acting is BEYOND abysmal - theres not a shard of talent among the cast. None of the characters are particularly likeable so you really dont care about any of them or whether they get eaten or not (in fact in most cases you generally hope they do). The script is utterly cringe inducing. The plot (what little there is) is just bonkers, the climax is like "how would that possibly work?!" grade stupid, and the props and special effects are worse than the sort you would see in an episode of Sanctuary or really early Outer Limits, in fact Im pretty sure the deputy sheriff was at one point using an actual cap gun to shoot at a shark fin, which at the same time as being CGI managed to look like it was made of papier mache.
And the budget is so obviously small that they even appear to recycle the extras: Theres at least 1 of them who was definitely eaten early on in the film who turns up in a crowd scene screaming near the end. Its basically terrible.

But all that said and with the most sincere derision; it absolutely doesnt take itself seriously AT ALL; its rubbish, stupid, silly and over the top. Its got countless subtle and not-so-subtle nudges to "proper" creature-features, Jaws being the most obvious, and all in all is just tongue-in-cheek, nonsensical, unapologetic movie chewing-gum. And in its own little way its all the better for it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 December 2012
This ludicrous straight-to-video low-budget comedy horror movie is a bit like a 2012 remake of the 1990 Kevin Bacon film "Tremors [DVD] [1990]" with a previously unknown species of large shark taking the role of the underground monsters.

It ought not to work at all: the plot is even more daft than "Tremors" was, the script does not have nearly as many genuinely memorable lines of funny dialogue, most of the acting is terrible, and the specal effects are worse in the 2012 film than the makers of "Tremors" managed twenty-two years earlier.

However, because the film does not take itself at all seriously and delivers non-stop black humour and action, I found to my surprise that I quite enjoyed watching it once.

I suspect that for most people it would only be a film to watch in company with some friends or your significant other on a night in when you've had something to drink and are in a mood to find something ridiculous to laugh at.

It is set on the quiet island of White Sands, which looks quite like Catalina Island in California, as that it where this was filmed. The island's tourist industry and therefore much of the local economy has been gradually going to hell in a handbasket since an attack in the sea from a more normal type of shark a few years ago scared a lot of the tourists away.

Corin Nemec plays Jimmy Green, son of the local mayor (played by Edgar Allan Poe the IVth) who returns with an idea to rejuvenate the island's economy by organising a huge party, the "Sandman Festival" to attract college students at Spring Break. Unfortunately they arrive on the island just in time to become potential food sources for a huge and previously unknown species of shark which can swim in sand. Vanessa Evigan plays Brenda Stone, the island's deputy sherriff who is also Jimmy's ex.

Brooke Hogan plays Dr Sandy Powers, a marine biologist and daughter of the marine biologist who investigated the previous attack by more normal sharks a few years before. Sandy Powers arrives on the island in response to a call from Brenda Stone who is the first person to suspect that some kind of shark may be involved in the first few "mysterious" deaths at the start of the film. Brenda was actually trying to get hold of Sandy's father, also called Dr Powers, but he has retired so we get Sandy instead - a plot detail which was presumably originally written into the script with the intention of setting up some mistaken identity jokes, but if so they never happen. Which is typical of how amateurish this film is.

Watch this with low expectations, especially if you enjoyed "Tremors" a few years ago and are in the mood to see something similar, and you may be pleasantly surprised. Watch it expecting anything remotely up to the calibre of "Jaws (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]" and you'll probably be disappointed.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2012
This is such a low budget movie and is so bad but strangely watchable. I doubt that there are any 'bite' puns that have been left out of this film, the dialogue is littered with them. It's obviously not to be taken seriously, the acting is apalling and the plot is ridiculous. Having said all that, I watched it from beginning to end without a moment's boredom and plenty of laughs. Definitely one to watch if all you want is some light hearted entertainment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 20 June 2013
if you love mutant animal films mixed with disater,death and pure hilarious cheese then this film is for you. awful acting,awful eects but all in just the right amounts to make this film more than watchable, great fun and a cool twist on jaws. youll want to hate it but wont be able to.
some great one liners and superb deaths.
id recommend this to anyone who enjoys a bit of fun
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2013
What's not to love about this movie, Sandsharks opened my eyes to a whole new world of cinema.
Sure the acting is sub-par, bit like your average Eastenders cast really, and the special effects are ropey at best.
But I'd give this an A+ for blowing my mind and for the memorable lines.

Go watch it now you "sand-of-a-b*tch"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2013
This is an absolute gem of a b movie, tongue in cheek, hilarious, ridiculous and full of wonderful characters. An absolute cult classic in the making.
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on 9 February 2013
This movie has an awful script, some of the actors in the movie are useless, brooke hogan plays the only half decent character in it. The thing that annoyed me the most about this movie other than the fact it was a huge waste of money was the lack of shark based knowledge that went into this movie.. it didn't really make much sense at all not to mention that was the worst excuse for a shark i've ever seen.. Jaws was definatley more terrifying and that was just a rubber made shark!.
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on 10 February 2012
Everything Animasola says is pretty valid.

My main reason for giving this a 3* rating is that I was sufficiently impressed by Ms Evigan's and Brooke Hogan's performances to hope that I might see them in something that gives them a decent script to work with. I mean this is basically Jaws with the serial numbers filed off, a dash of Tremors. and a few in-joke references to attempt to earn a "comedy" tag.
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on 21 December 2012
I expected this film to be rubbish and it was mostly so, with inferior special effects (considering when it was shot) and even more inferior acting. But I will say that some of the young women in their bikinis more than made up for its downside. I would recommend buying a secondhand cheaper version though, to save money.
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