The Last Shark (1981)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0

Original title:  L’ultimo squalo

Alternate title:  Great White

, 1981, , , , Story by , Screenplay by , Cinematography by Produced by , Ugo Tucci.  Music by , Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by .

The success of Jaws flooded the B-movie market with killer shark movies, in this case one so enamored of Steven Spielberg’s classic that it lifts plot elements and copies them to very cheap effect (to the point that Universal successfully sued and got it pulled from theatres in the United States).  , who I can only assume was happy to take a work vacation to Malta where it was filmed (and I don’t blame him), plays an author (named Peter Benton, which isn’t even a subtle take on Peter Benchley) living in a sunny coastal town, who then teams up with a shark hunter (, who dresses like Robert Shaw’s Quint) to help save their community from being ruined by the presence of a great white shark in their waters.  A windsurfing regatta is coming up that is integral to both the town’s economic health and the mayor’s campaign, but it takes a lot of carnage before anyone else is even willing to admit that there’s a problem out at sea.  Very poor special effects and terrible acting make for a film so bad it’s great (and in the case of the gorier moments, most of which involve very obvious puppets filling in for the human victims, very funny), so make sure you watch it in a Midnight Madness situation or you won’t get the full effect of it.  Obviously Spielberg’s film doesn’t need to be compared to this one to look good, but the film is actually even worse than the Jaws sequels (including the last one).



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