In the final days of World War 2, a secret experiment to weaponize sharks is seemingly abandoned by Nazi scientists. Until 60 years later, when a small ocean town is haunted by a mysterious creature, one built from the parts of the greatest killers in the sea – a Sharkenstein monster!
What We Thought:
Sharkenstein is your classic “So bad it’s good” type film. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
I’ve seen a few movies from this filmmaking crew already. They use a lot of low-budget CG, a lot of actors who probably shouldn’t be acting and everything else you expect in a low-budget DIY type film. I actually respect the heck out of them for it. I know people who spend way more money and have way better equipment and crew that make far worse movies.
Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t good movies, but I have fun with them. Take this movie for example. It’s pretty bad, but I laughed and had fun. That’s the point of movies, be entertaining. This is about a shark that has parts from Frankenstein’s monster put together through Nazi ideas. You either have to see this movie because of that premise or the movie simply isn’t for you.
I love the fact that there’s no real attempt to make the geography of the film make sense. Most of it looks like it was shot on a lake with random beach scenes thrown in there. There’s a scuba scene with divers at depths that make no sense compared to their environment. Three of the leads swim over to an island when their boat breaks and there’s no way on Earth that island would be where it is. And the crazy scientist’s house on the lake is literally superimposed. Sure I may be laughing AT the movie, but I’m still laughing.
I also have a soft spot for bad shark movies. This one not only kills people in water, but because it’s a concoction of parts, it goes on land and kills people too! The extras that hunt Sharkenstein on land are terrible and all the gun shots are post production with sound effects and muzzle flare, but again, I like that. I even laughed when the actress Greta Volkova went over the history of Frankenstein movies from the classics to Hammer Films.
I think you can tell whether or not Sharkenstein is for you. If you like shark movies like me, you’ll like this. I’ve already told friends to watch it.
- Director’s Commentary
- Behind the Scenes
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