The Shallows (2016) – movie review

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The Shallows (2016)

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serrathe shallows-poster

Blake Lively
Óscar Jaenada
Brett Cullen


It’s not Jaws, but that’s a good thing…

The natural tendency is to compare this film to Jaws. However, it’s not fair to compare the two films because they are completely different. They exist for two completely different reasons. They tell two different kinds of stories. Jaws is a big, multi-faceted story about a whole town and its welfare and its way of life. The Shallows is a small story about one young woman and a place she’s stuck at, in her life. It’s a very personal story. Oh yeah and there’s a shark.

After the passing of her mother, Nancy goes to a Caribbean island to find the secret beach where her mom surfed and where she found out she was pregnant with her first daughter. It’s a special place, symbolic, but also a beautiful paradise–a great place to not only surf, but to clear your head of clutter and feel free.

Nancy is befriended by two locals who give her the low down on surfing in the massive bay area. The cinematography is outstanding and the color is beautiful. You get a real sense of the beauty of the place and the serenity of its isolation. When the locals pack it in for the night, Nancy decides to catch one last wave. She’s attacked, bitten on her leg, but manages to escape her nemesis. She gets stranded on an island, nothing more than a large stone, that is only out of water during low tide. The large killer shark is patient and circles, waiting for high tide.

I thought it may be difficult for a film with basically only one character to keep my attention. However, the film was engrossing and full of excitement. Great pacing and imaginative storytelling, letting the viewer in on the backstory in a light-handed manner, make this film a winner. It lulls you into its peaceful serenity with its beautiful views and bright sparkling water, then it rips that comfort out from under you. It combines the right amounts of thrilling suspense, emotional content and gut twisting action. I may change my mind with future viewings, but upon my first watch I give it top rating.

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An emotionally charged thriller shark movie worth a trip to the theater.

I give it 5 chomping razor-sharp teeth out of 5 on the killer carnivore vs virtuous vixen scale.


Horror Movie Poster art – Postcard Collection- Part II

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Horror Movie Poster art – Postcard Collection- Part II

From my personal collection – post card sized replications of all the famous classic films I love
The middle era horror films, 1960’s to 1980s, plus some non-horror flicks:


1960’s horror, sci fi and other!

1970’s and 1980s horror and sci-fi

My Clint Eastwood poster repros:

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Movie Theater Displays of Days Gone By

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Movie Theater Displays and Marquees

In the old days the major studios would put some fun displays together for the theaters. Here’s a look at some of those great designs and promotions.

And here’s some theater marquees with some classic films. Less promo but fun to see these films in theaters, some attracting big lines of movie fans.

Creature (1998) – movie review

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Creature (1998) aka: Peter Benchley’s Creature

Craig T. Nelson
Kim Cattrallpeter_benchleys_creature_1998

This feels like an 80’s monster movie and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Both Nelson and Cattrall already had successful careers, it would seem unlikely they would show up in a made-for-TV monster flick. But there they were, providing above average acting to what should be a B-sci fi/horror film. The monster here is a genetically engineered mutation, half man/half shark, on steroids, a set of massive teeth on two legs chasing down his prey which consisted mostly of humans. The script was well-written from Peter Benchley’s novel and made the events seem plausible. Stan Winston’s special-FX team worked up a defined original creature, enjoyable for the monster fan. So why isn’t it well known and praised in the horror genre? Because it was over a decade too late. If this had come out in the mid-eighties, had a little more gore and skin, it would have made some waves. Unfortunately in 1998, it was little more than a ripple in a puddle. However that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable, just don’t expect it to live up to today’s monster movie standards. Being a TV movie, it takes an hour for things to really start heating up but the pay-off is good. It certainly ain’t no ‘Jaws,’ so it’s best to think of it as an 80’s ‘B’ monster film.




Those other Shark Attack Movies! Summer Fun!


Those other Shark Attack Movies – in preperation for Sharknado 2

aka: My Big-ass list of shark movies!Tara-Reid3

Sharknado 2 is premiering on July 30th, so I thought it would be a great time to take a look at those other shark movies. The films here range from decent thrillers (very few) to poorly-written CGI debacles, to all out hokey-campy fodder.

Don’t forget, as Tara Reid says, “This can really happen!” so it’s important to watch Sharknado for realistic ideas on how to survive…

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Theatrical releases:

Shark! (1969) aka: Caine
Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977)
Great White (1982) aka: The Last Shark
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
12 Days of Terror (2004)
Blue Demon (2004)
The Reef (2010)
Dark Tide (2011)
Shark Night 3D (2011)
Bait (2012)

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SyFy channel regulars:

Shark Attack (1999)
Shark Attack 2 (2000)
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002)
Shark Zone (2003)
Red Water (2003)
Shark Attack in the Mediterranean (2004)
Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy (2005)
Spring Break Shark Attack (2005)
Jersey Shore Shark Attack (2008)
Shark in Venice (2008)
Shark Swarm (2008)
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)
Malibu Shark Attack (2009)
Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus (2010)
Sharktopus (2010)
DinoShark (2010)
Sand Sharks (2011)
Swamp Shark (2011)
2-Headed Shark Attack (2012)
GhostShark (2013)
Sharknado (2013)
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark (2014)


 Gallery of shark attackfilms; victims, violence and predators…
Be sure to SCROLL over all the pics in the gallery below and read the captions! Enjoy.


There are more… but there’s only so much time in a day!