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3.0 out of 5 stars Bonkers low budget horror comedy which somehow works, 16 Dec 2012
This review is from: Sand Sharks [DVD] (DVD)
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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