2011 / Director. Mark Atkins.
Countless Jaws rip-off movies have come and gone over the years. Some have been great fun (Piranha, Razorback, Alligator) and most have been not so great (Cruel Jaws, Shark Zone, Shark Attack)... but NONE have been so blatant as SAND SHARKS. The movie is basically a remake of Jaws with the hook being that these sharks swim in the sand. LOL. All of the Jaws framework is in tact... the island community relying on tourist trade... the mayor who refuses to close the beach... the dishevelled shark-hunter... and the marine biologist. Anyone willing (stupid) enough to actually watch Sand Sharks knows precisely what they're getting into and we watch it for shits-n-giggles. Everything about it is terrible... from the poxy VFX to the incompetent and amateur performances. Director Mark Atkins comes from an Asylum background and so he's a seasoned pro at this brand of shit. What confuses me is his approach to the material. It's hard to tell if he's actually taking this stuff seriously because the irony and satire is sporadic. He could have had a winner on his hands if he'd had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek like Alexandre Aja did with Piranha 3D but the story is played straight for the most part and is pretty damn deplorable. Of course like I've said many times before about creature-feature b-movies... with booze, mates and a fun frame of mind there might be something to this. From a sober point of view its hilariously bad (as you would expect). I wish I had people to watch it with. - FYI a sequel is coming out in a few months. It's called Avalanche Sharks. hehehe.