Something big enough to rock a large boat is devouring people near the Florida coast. At first it seems like it might be a shark, but after some research it seems like it might be a creature from many million years ago.
"Monster Shark" was one of the first films to ever be written on a to-buy-list for me. I never had a list like that in the VHS days, because back then I was just a kid and the closest thing I'd get to a list like that was wanting every horror movie ever made. But when I started buying DVDs I heard about this movie, and I put it on my list of films I wanted to buy. That was 7 or so years ago now, and it wasn't until very recently I finally bought it. There was just so much about the film that attracted me to it: it's a monster movie, the title, Lamberto Bava and of course, it was fairly obscure. I mean, I knew it would be crappy and I have had chances to see it. But I wanted to own it. I craved it! But apparently not enough, as it took me 7 years to buy it (sure, it wasn't always easy to track down but I've had many chances to get it). Anyway, would it live it to my uneven expectations of crap and awesomeness?
People really, really, REALLY dislike this movie. It's compared to the worst of Ed Wood and sometimes worse than that, and people keep saying they could only watch it because of MST3K. I have never been a big fan of that or similar stuff. Not because I don't find it funny, but I much rather watch the films as they are. That was absolutely the case with this one, as the MST3K version was always the most available one it seems. But why is this movie so disliked? Is it because MST3K assured them it was crap? Because personally I don't see how this is any worse than the majority of sea-creature movies/"Jaws" rip-offs out there. The story offers about the same shit. A large creature killing people in the ocean, and more often than not it's a scientific experiment. And it's very likely to get blown up in the end. I'm fine with "Monster Shark" falling into every little cliché.
Yeah, there's some really stupid shit going on in the film, some really bad editing, bad acting, and all that. I won't deny that, it is a bad movie and a lot of things make no sense. It's just not so bad that the movie deserves a 2.1/10 on IMDb, or being called the worst film ever. I feel stupid for sounding so overly-protective over such a film, but I'm really not. I don't think it's great by any means, but I definitely found it entertaining. Hell, I liked this one more than "The Last Shark" which was probably a better movie just less entertaining.
"Monster Shark" delivers exactly everything that it needs to deliver to make it watchable. It has nudity, some gore and a big fucking monster in the ocean. The only real flaw that made it less than what it could've been was that we don't get to see that much of the monster. Basically just quick close-ups, which was a let down. Other than that it's a perfectly acceptable rip-off.
This is a bad movie, and it has some truly stupid moments that might leave you scratching your head. It falls into cliché after cliché, and it's just impossible to take the movie seriously. But in no way is this the worst film ever, as it offers exactly as much as any other "Jaws" rip-off. I can see how some of the production values might be ridiculous, but that just doesn't affect the entertainment value. Hell, it raises it since you can laugh at it. I'm glad I waited till I could buy this one, and I'm glad I didn't go with the MST3K version as I believe it's cut. All I needed was boobs, gore and a monster shark, and that's what I got from it. And with this review my last bit of credibility as a reviewer went out of the window. Totally worth it!