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Sharksploitation

by George Wolf

How a lot will we love Sharks?

Mom’s solely get in the future, but it surely’s Shark Week.

And from Megs to ‘Nados to tremendous sharks consuming Samuel L. Jackson in the course of a Samuel L. Jackson speech, we clearly can not get sufficient shark films.

Shudder’s Sharksploitation takes a…await it…deep dive into the titular subgenre, constructing a scattershot timeline for the way sharks have been depicted in cinema, each BJ (earlier than Jaws) and AJ (after Jaws.)

First-time director Stephen Scarlata rolls out a good array of movie historians and popular culture commentators, interspersing the requisite movie clips, and typically bunching a number of collectively by way of break up screens.

Scarlata doesn’t all the time comply with a strict chronology, which could be a bit distracting because the strategy typically teams the shark movies by period, and different instances by the same theme.

Nonetheless, there’s some stable information right here, such because the development of sharks being held as Gods within the 1931 Murnau movie Tabu, to being held by evil geniuses in Bond movies, to being hunted for harassing a small New England city over 4th of July weekend.

And, in fact, as soon as Jaws virtually invented the “blockbuster” as we all know it, shark mania was cranked as much as eleven whereas stoking a concern that wasn’t precisely based mostly on truth. Jaws writer Peter Benchley got here to remorse this, and the movie is cautious to indicate how he later would dedicate his time and vitality to ocean conservation.

However within the a long time since, the legal guidelines of shark physics (“shar-sics”!) have been willingly ignored by shark movies, and Scarlata achieves a enjoyable sense of mischief by usually following a movie synopsis with a fast lower to an more and more exasperated marine biologist.

There’s additionally an enlightening and humorous look behind that infamous line from Shark Assault 3: Megalodon, a revisit to the inflow of sharks on 70s TV (lookin’ at you, Fonzie), and a nod to the relative “cooling off” interval earlier than an eventual rebirth by way of 1999’s Deep Blue Sea and the emergence of SyFy channel originals

However together with the low-budget “mockbusters” of The Asylum and the intentional ridiculousness of the Sharknado franchise, Scarlata reminds us that there are more moderen entries (Open Water, The Shallows) that discovered methods to thrill with new guidelines for an previous sport.

The movie’s a little bit tough across the edges, and it suffers from a wandering nature that may look like treading water, however Sharksploitation is an entertaining journey by way of the historical past of a beloved subgenre. And finally, it feels each welcome and overdue.

Now should you’ll excuse me, I’ve to buy Mother’s Shark Week reward.

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