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Sharksploitation Coat-Tails: Barracuda (AKA The Lucifer Project)

The seventies are chock full of badly rendered ripoffs of Jaws, each trying with varying amounts of success to reproduce the rabid popularity of the monster hit of 1975. Just as I love me some bad sharksploitation films, so too do I adore watching these shit shows. 

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Empire of the Sharks: Soggy and Savage

I am really starting to like this Mark Atkins guy. He directed the prequel called Planet of the Sharks and it wasn’t bad. It’s not necessary to view that one to understand this one, but a back to back viewing of Planet and Empire might make for an entertaining afternoon. The Asylum sharksploitation films are always a little bit slicker than your average bear. This one is no different. Also two words: kamikaze shark. 

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Deep Blue Sea 2: Drowning in the deep blue!

As expected, this sequel to one of the funnest sharksploitation films ever made is quite inferior. However, I was equal parts horrified and tickled to hear the theme song for this travesty of a film. It comes right after the opening scene, and boy howdy, it’s a doozy. With magical and haunting lyrics like “Swimming through the riptide of life” or something similar (my mind shut down somewhere during the third lyric) it reminded me of a song one could find in a Baywatch episode or an After School Special. The main hook was “Drowning in a deep bluuuuuue seeeeeeeaa!” That part is important to note. 

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The Unseen Fear: Why movies should hide the shark

Unless you currently reside on the underside of a rock, you are familiar with the virus that is causing panic around the world. I am not going to address that directly because I am not a virologist and there are enough opinions and misleading headlines as it is. But it did get me thinking…

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