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DINOSHARK
DVD region 2. Anchor Bay.

DinosharkAfter the glory that was Sharktopus, the prospect of another low budget monster shark epic from Roger Corman is enough to get most right-thinking people salivating. But Dinoshark has some mighty big tentacles to compete with, and sadly is not quite up to the job. Not to say that this film isn’t a lot of fun – it’s just not as much fun.

Set in the same Mexican resort that was ravaged by Sharktopus (making this the holiday destination for Strange Things readers!), Dinoshark sees a 150 million year old prehistoric monster thawed out after the ice encasing it melts (damn you global warming!) and making its way from Alaska to Mexico, where it spoils fishing boat captain Eric Balfour’s homecoming by immediately munching on assorted swimmers. However, no-one believes Balfour’s story of a giant, armoured shark, instead blaming the deaths of regular tiger sharks – or possibly the shifty looking boatman himself. It’s left to him to team up with sexy science teacher Iva Hasperger to track down the beast – not that hard as it seems to have an insatiable hunger for humans. And they are helped along the way by an expert in prehistoric fish - played by Corman himself!

DinosharkDinoshark has all the elements needed from a SyFy channel monster movie – a ridiculously unconvincing CGI beastie, shockingly bad acting (Hasperger wouldn’t be out of place in Birdemic), a throwaway plot and plenty of action. Unfortunately, what it doesn’t have is a monster to compare with Sharktopus. This gnarly-looking shark is an ugly brute for sure, but lacks any sense of personality – it’s a very generic giant sea monster. As monsterous hybrids seem the way to go for this sort of thing these days, this feels like a throwback in more ways than one.

Like Sharktopus, the TV origins allow for some gory moments but none of the nudity that exploitation purists demand. But once you accept its limitations, this is still disposable fun, and well worth wasting 90 minutes of your life on.

DAVID FLINT

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