originally posted last Shark Week 🙂
So I totally missed Shark Week this year. But for my new followers , here is a look at one of my posts from last year.
Huge props to the artists at posterposse.com for some of these amazing pictures. Continue reading
Bad Sounding Sentences Shark Week Day 4
Imagine Jaws on steroids with a cheekier sense of humor and you have this outrageous excuse for b-movie fun. Genetically altered sharks (made smarter as a means of combating Alzheimer’s disease?!?) go gonzo in and around an underwater lab that also happens to be in the direct line of an oncoming hurricane.
One of the last great ones from action ace Renny Harlin.
At Aquatica, a remote submarine refueling facility converted into a laboratory, a team of scientists are searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Fluids from the brain tissue of three Mako sharks are being harvested as a cure for Alzheimer’s. Unknown to the other scientists, Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) has violated the code of ethics and has genetically engineered the sharks to increase their brain size, but this has the side effect of making the sharks smarter and more dangerous. Hilarity ensues…….
The most courageous character is Carter ( Thomas Jane ), a ripped daredevil type with a shady criminal past, whose idea of fun is grabbing onto a killer shark’s fin and taking an underwater ride. Hells yeah !!
For comic relief there’s the house chef, Preacher (LL Cool J), who after watching his beloved foul-mouthed pet parrot become a shark snack flees into a giant oven with the gas turned on. In a movie that’s generically self-referential, Preacher comments bleakly on his probable fate by observing that his black brothers are usually killed off early in movies of this type.
Other stars whose characters the movie barely bothers to define include Michael Rapaport as the lab’s engineer, Stellan Skarsgard as its physician and Samuel L. Jackson as its chief financial backer, who chooses exactly the wrong moment to fly in for an inspection. Jacqueline McKenzie plays a character so vague she might best be described as the movie’s extra (and most disposable) woman.
Samuel Jackson was initially offered the role eventually played by LL Cool J. Jackson’s management didn’t like the idea of him playing a chef, so Harlin created the role of Russell Franklin for him.
Bad idea Sam
Thats what you get for disrespecting chefs. Bitch !
According to an interview in The Los Angeles Times, Deep Blue Sea was originally inspired by Australian screenwriter Duncan Kennedy’s witnessing firsthand “the horrific effects of a shark attack when a victim washed up on a beach near his home.” This brought on a recurring nightmare of “being in a passageway with sharks that could read his mind.”
Kennedy acknowledged that “whenever anyone mentions a shark movie, they naturally think of Steven Spielberg. The problem with approaching a shark movie is how do you do it without repeating Jaws?”
Renny Harlin describes the production on the film’s commentary. The film was shot entirely in Mexico. The sets used for the interiors of the facility were built so that they could be submerged in a water-tank to create the illusion of the facility sinking practically. However, for windows, separate water-tanks with lights shining through them were used.
The film made an extensive use of digital doubles for actors being eaten by sharks. Depending on the scenes, the sharks were either animatronic (when interacting with actors) or computer generated (when in water).
But after the shoot at Baja wrapped, director Renny Harlin insisted that the cast head to the Bahamas to shoot with real sharks. Thomas Jane, who played shark wrangler Carter, was not thrilled: “I’ve been scared of sharks all my life, ever since I saw Jaws,” he said in a DVD special feature.
Jane later recounted the experience for Entertainment Weekly: “The first day, I was in a cage, but the next day, they swam me 30 feet down … Then this guy yanks the breather off me and the water’s churning with blood and guts and stuff … It was so terrifying that I don’t want to remember it.”
As an added homage to Jaws, the license plate pulled from the shark’s teeth by Carter is the same plate found in the tiger shark carcass from the 1975 Steven Spielberg film.
According to Jackson, working in the water so much wasn’t just unpleasant—it actually led to an accident that made it into the final film. “When we get Stellan [Skarsgard] hooked up to the helicopter and we’re trying to get back to the elevator during the storm, the waves are supposed to rush in front of us and behind us,” Jackson recounted. “At one point three tons of water got thrown on us by accident and we got swept toward those cargo bays and everyone thought we were going into the drink and people were tumbling around this metal grating. … We scrambled up and kept acting. … Everyone was kind of (upset) because they hit us full on with three tons of water. That was not supposed to happen and we didn’t have safety harnesses on and we were flailing around on this deck.” Still, Jackson said, “I thought that was pretty funny when I saw it in the final film. I said, ‘Oh, they kept that.’”
LL COOL J CHANNELED A SHARK IN THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE MOVIE’S THEME SONG. WHICH YOU CAN WATCH
The film received mixed reviews from critics. Empire magazine gave the film three out of five stars, saying “It was never going to crash any parties come Oscar night, or usurp previous nature-fights-back epics , but Deep Blue Sea remains defiant. It’s about giant sharks eating people. And that’s exactly what you get.” Roger Ebert went further, saying of the film “In a genre where a lot of movies are retreads of the predictable, ‘Deep Blue Sea’ keeps you guessing.”
The film opened on July 28, 1999 and grossed $19,107,643 ($25,164,533 including Thursday screenings/previews) in its opening weekend and went on to earn $73,648,142 domestically and $164,648,142 worldwide.
BSS Shark Week continues. Todays piece is a Not So Random Trailer Park . Its Shark Trailer Park
The amount of ridiculously shitty shark movies being made is staggering. You might think I have omitted some films which surely belong in this collection of trailer, but rest assured. Shark Week will continue ,and there are some films which rightfully will get their own articles. That being said, lets jump right in shall we 🙂
A half-shark, half-octopus creature created for the military, creates a whole lot of terror in Mexico while a scientist who helped created it tries to capture/kill it.
Director: Declan O’Brien
Writer: Mike MacLean
Stars: Eric Roberts, Kerem Bursin, Sara Malakul Lane
The California coast is terrorized by two enormous prehistoric sea creatures as they battle each other for supremacy of the sea.
Director: Jack Perez (as Ace Hannah)
Writer: Jack Perez (screenplay) (as Ace Hannah)
Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Debbie Gibson, Vic Chao
A baby dinoshark swims away from a broken chunk of Arctic glacier that broke away due to global warming. Three years later, the dinoshark is a ferocious predatory adult and kills tourists … See full summary »
Director: Kevin O’Neill
Writers: Frances Doel, Guy Prevost
Stars: Eric Balfour, Iva Hasperger, Aarón Díaz
A shark who swims in sand terrorizes a tropical paradise. Nuff said.
Director: Mark Atkins
Writers: Joe Benkis (story), Cameron Larson (screenplay)
Stars: Corin Nemec, Brooke Hogan, Vanessa Evigan
Lots of beautiful teens are at the beach the weekend before Gator Fest. That night an animal smuggling deal goes wrong and a large sea creature escapes into a swampy backwoods river.
Director: Griff Furst (as G.E. Furst)
Writer: Jennifer Iwen (screenplay)
Stars: Christopher Berry, Wade Boggs, Marcus Lyle Brown
Steven Baldwin showcases his considerable B-movie talents in Shark in Venice. Take the most beautiful city in the world, some terrible acting and add sharks and you’ve got an instant classic.
Director: Danny Lerner
Writers: Danny Lerner (story), Les Weldon (story)
Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Vanessa Johansson, Hilda van der Meulen
Survivors escape to a deserted atoll after a Semester at Sea ship is sunk by a mutated two-headed shark. But when the atoll starts flooding, no one is safe from the double jaws of the monster as it eats fresh delicious women and men.
Director: Christopher Ray (as Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray)
Writers: Edward DeRuiter (story), H. Perry Horton (screenplay)
Stars: Carmen Electra, Charlie O’Connell, Brooke Hogan
When two researchers discover a colossal shark’s tooth off the Mexican coast their worst fears surface – the most menacing beast to ever rule the waters is still alive and mercilessly feeding on anything that crosses its path.
Probably the best worst shark film of them all. . Featuring some of the absolute worst attack scenes in the whole ‘genre’ and that’s really saying something. I think Eli Roth is remaking it ??
Director: David Worth
Writers: Scott Devine, William Hooke
Stars: John Barrowman, Jenny McShane, Ryan Cutrona
Trust me, there are loads more. And they just keep on coming. I never think its safe to go back into the water.
If you enjoyed these trailers, you’re in luck, because another epic is coming this summer: Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf.
Why wouldn’t that be a thing? It looks awesome, in every horrible, deliberate B-movie way. Whalewolf is too good of a pun to pass up.
Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf airs July 19th on SyFy at 9/8c