Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer
Plot: A group of friends enjoying a weekend steal a couple of jet-skis. While racing them out to sea they end up in a horrific head-on collision. They struggle to find a way home with a badly injured friend while from the waters below predators lurk.
Review: In my list of Top 5 Man vs Beast Horror Movies (that aren’t Jaws) I gave The Shallows an honourable mention, as I think in an ocean of similar films it’s one of the best modern day shark movies out there. Every year we get at least half a dozen of them and most are like grocery-bought sushi—not terrible if you’re in the mood, but it wouldn’t be your first choice, would it?
As it happens, Shark Bait wouldn’t be my first choice either, but it isn’t the worst I’ve seen for the year thus far (that honor goes to Alicia Silverstone’s The Requin). And while the story is a simple one, there’s enough here to keep things entertaining.
A group of twenty-somethings decide to steal a couple of jet-skis and go for a joyride (joy ski?). While playing a game of chicken, because young people in horror movies tend to be dumb as rocks, they crash and are left stranded in the middle of the ocean. You can guess the rest.
As I mentioned before, nothing here is new or unexpected, but I will give them points for keeping the shark attacks both interesting and gruesomely entertaining. While the characters are clichéd as all hell they aren’t so annoying you’ll be wishing them all dead on sight. And the special effects for the great white won’t be winning any awards but trust me when I say we’ve all seen much worse. However, the wounds from the shark attacks look really impressive as they smartly go the practical effects route for most of it, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself flinching at the site of these bloodied souls.
So if you’re looking for something to watch when Shark Week drops, the kind of stupid fun flick that’s perfect for shark fans, Shark Bait might just be worth adding to your list.
Sommer’s Score: 5 out of 10
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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