L'Ultimo Squalo (1981)
Jaws review series:
In 'the Italian Jaws,' a huge great white shark prowls the beach at a bicentennial regatta... Sounds familiar...
This one was also released as The Last Shark and Great White. Combining plot elements from the first two Jaws films, this one presents a super cheap laugher of a B flick.
Welcome to South Bay, where politicians still suck ass, but are surprisingly reasonable when it comes down to it.
It's one of few Italian horrors I can get behind cause it's so bad it's fun and doesn't take itself seriously and venture into ugly territory.
The big ol' shark is plenty visible, but it kind of just bobs around unrealistically for the most part. When stock footage is used, it's VERY easy to tell it's not the same shark.
Witness the truly excellent and unfortunately underrated James Franciscus going toe-to-toe with a big fucking rubber shark, while dressed like Necron 99...
Fortunately for him, he has a great monologue after his character deals with something no lead has had to deal with yet during the first two Jaws films... Damage to his child. It's a touching scene that shows his tremendous chops.
Vic Morrow was also a great actor, but he's very misrepresented here as a Quint knock-off.
Yeah, it's pretty atrocious, but still, when it gets going, the dummies getting launched and awkward cheesy deaths like dude getting his legs snacked off make it a fun if laborious watch.
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