Shark Night

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Shark Night (2011)

PG-13 91 min - Horror, Thriller - 2 September 2011

A weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to fresh-water shark attacks.

Director:  David R. Ellis

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Storyline

A weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to fresh-water shark attacks.


Collections: David R. Ellis

Genres: Horror, Thriller

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Language:  English, Portuguese
Release Date:  2 September 2011

Box Office

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Incentive Filmed Entertainment

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 31 min
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by Ginger

From the makers of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre comes another movie about teenagers misbehaving and becoming the victim of a crazed psychopath. This parental guide to the movies can summarize the plot in one sentence. A group of teenagers sneak away to a tropical island paradise near Louisiana, engage in activities that their parents would never approve of and become shark bait. Thatäó»s it, that is all there is to it.

This movie received a PG -13 because the plot centers around a group of teenagers doing what teenagers do, sometimes. To rate it anything other than a PG-13 would be cutting out their key target audience, and no one could expect them to do that. Now, let us talk about its family friendliness from a parentäó»s perspective, not a teenagersäó».

For many of us parents, this movie will have a sense of familiarity, da-dump.äó_da-dumpäó_.da-dump dadump dadumpdadumpdumpäó_munch! Yes, the shark in this movie looks a lot like they brought Jaws out of mothballs, and revamped it so that it worked in fresh-water to go with the plot of the movie. Like the old familiar beach terror, this movie has lots of bikini bottom shots, teenage bathing beauties, teenage drinking, lots of blood, and a scene where it looks like a dog dies, but it is only suggested.

Aside from this, the teenagers in the movie are providing poor role models, all the while making it look fun for others to do. The teenagers in this movie are having a lot of fun doing absolutely nothing that their parents would approve of in any way. It is the ultimate summer vacation for them until someone releases a shark and begins setting them up to become shark bait. The teenagers are caught in nets and the unseen psychopath uses many other ways to terrorize them in this tropical island paradise.

The teenagers use a lot of foul language in connection with the surprise shark attacks. These include colorful variations on old familiars giving your teen a new vocabulary, all for the price of a movie ticket and some popcorn. This movie also exposes them to gratuitous violence and gore, partial nudity among peers, alcohol use, and terror.

Like the original Jaws that we all knew and loved at that age, this movie has many surprise shark attacks, most of which are predictable from the setup in the scene, minus the familiar shark attack theme music. The movie builds suspense because the audience knows that when one of the teenagers is in the water alone the shark will suddenly appear.

This movie features a fishing boat whose name I will not reveal, that looks like the Orca repainted. The shark looks remarkably like Jaws. The camera angles are remarkably like Jaws. The kids are on a fun weekend getaway, Jason series style. The group keeps disappearing one by one and the question in the movie is who will escape alive, if anyone. The terror in the movie is the jump out of your seats kind. This Jason meets Jaws movie combines many of the techniques of the old classics from our younger days. This family movie review feels that this is a good standpoint from which to judge whether your teenager should see this movie or not. This movie is rated closer to an R on the Parental Guide movie review scale largely due to the actions of the teens, gore, and scantily clad young people. This family movie advisory absolutely does not recommend it for children under 13. However, those of us who are older and wiser have experience with this type of movie and know what our kids are getting into if we decide to let them see it. I still think the similarities between the Jason movies and Jaws is a little fishy.

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