DVD REVIEW: Ghost Shark


Part Shark – Part Ghost – All Turkey! Idiotic Fun!

When teenager Christy Bruce disappears from a high school beach party, her severed arm washed ashore a day later. Drunken sea captain Blaise Shaw became a hero to the small seaside community of Harmony after killing the great white shark that was deemed responsible, but the Christy Bruce murder was no shark attack.

Blaise turns to ghost hunter Ava Conte, who is skeptical but intrigued by his ghost shark ramblings. With preparations for a massive July 4th celebration rapidly approaching, they soon find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy of sex and murder involving the town’s wealthiest and most powerful citizens.

Ah, there seems to have been a plethora of idiotic shark films of late: MegaShark, Two-Headed Shark, Sharknado. Personally I love shark films – Jaws is still a must-see classic for me, and I appear to be only one of a few people on the planet who like Deep Blue Sea. So, in truth I was desperate to see Ghost Shark, and half suspected what I was letting myself in for. The above official write-up doesn’t accurately describe the film – it’s far funnier!

Basically some rednecks on a fishing trip kill a great white shark – but as it’s about to die, it manages to float / sink into a cave previously inhabited by what I think were ancient Aztec ju-ju people; magical spells are put in place, and its spirit comes back for revenge, turning its attention to the small town of Amity – sorry, Smallport. Our plucky heroes, teenage Ava, her younger sister Cicely and friend Blaise witness the start of the ghost shark’s rampage, but strangely, the authorities don’t believe their story.

Enlisting the help of a crotchety but incredibly knowledgable lighthouse keeper named Finch, the teenage gang discover that this spectral shark can hunt wherever there’s water – a fire hydrant, a hose-pipe, a burst sink pipe, and that the town’s dark past & artifacts, together with the captain of the original fishing trip, provide the clues they need to defeat it.

This film is hilarious – not intentionally of course. But once you get past the concepts that a mystical force can enchant a dead shark, that the dead shark should have a real sense of vengeance, and that spirit of shark can literally appear anywhere there is water, including a gulp from a glass, then this film is a barrel of laughs. From the two over-the-top rednecks who use a hand grenade to kill the shark, to the threatening street urchins who get bitten in two whilst playing with the fire hydrant, this film employs the worst dialog, expressions and ham-fisted CGI to get its story across.

But if you like all those SyFy TV 10.00 PM shark films, then add this to your collection!

Rating: 3/5
Reporter: SilverFox

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