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Sci-Fi Channel Original Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy Review

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At the very least, this is a movie involving a shark, and it’s not a Great White. Then again, it’s not exactly a Hammerhead either. This is a stem cell born beastie with the features of a Hammerhead and a human. It seems that DNA experiments gone wrong aren’t “in” anymore; it’s time to enter the era of stem cell experiments gone wrong.

As is the norm for a Nu Image made-for-TV flick, the title creature is a mix of average CG and a rubber suit. Neither is very effective, and there are very few full shots. Bloody people-being-eaten scenes are rapidly stitched together just long enough for the viewer to figure out that an appendage is being ripped off. That’s the only thing right here, as the predictable high and bloody body count continues to climb in between the rest of this torture.

Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator) plays his usual mad scientist role with little enthusiasm, adding to the laughable dialogue. His experiments, shown with little explanation as to how he funded this or managed to find humans to participate, aren’t just limited to mutating humans. He also created man-eating plants, if only to recreate far better scenes from the Evil Dead.

Certain scenes seem to have no purpose or explanation as to why they’re happening. Padding takes the form of generic, cheesy, action sequences that last far too long. They also feature the world’s worst marksmen, as they’re able to hit everything other than the people they’re aiming for.

Even for fans of gore, there’s no possible way to find this enjoyable. It’s not the worst junk the Sci-Fi channel has used to fill their Saturday night slot this year; it’s just borderline close. You know you’re watching a classic when they don’t have the budget to a spark as a bullet ricochets off an object, instead opting for blatantly obvious CG. That’s how the entire film feels: Cheap and lazy.

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  • Jow Blow

    This movie is total trash.