15 June 2010 | MartinHafer
Any director other than William Grefe might have been able to make this one work...
William Grefe is one of the worst directors in film history, though oddly he has avoided the notoriety of such bad movie directors as Ed Wood, Arch Hall, Sr. and Al Adamson. Considering the horrible films to his credit, this is pretty amazing. To his credit, he has a movie about killer jellyfish ("Sting of Death"), an angry Seminole Indian god ("Death Curse of Tartu") and a crazed American-Indian who tosses poisonous snakes on people ("Stanley")--so is it any surprise that he'd make one about a nut (Richard Jaeckel) who befriends sharks and makes them devour people who mistreat them?! Despite the film's goofy premise, it actually COULD have been worthwhile if a competent man had been behind the project. After all, the idea of a man so angry at the needless slaughter of sharks for fun is a great idea--especially in light of the popularity of "Jaws" around this same time period. Many people (often in a pathetic attempt to demonstrate their manhood) kill sharks--and it is a needless waste. I could actually appreciate this premise. But, thanks to the usual level of competence in a Grefe film, the odd but workable idea turns to naught. Much of the problem was the script (and Grefe, being a great auteur, wrote the film himself). If the guy had just killed because he was a rabid environmentalist, it would have been a bit more believable. Instead, there's a flashback scene involving his and some native shark god and an amulet that is just stupid! Other significant problems involve 'actors' who seem to have little, if any, talent. Often they just stand around--as if they have no idea exactly what to do. Harold Sakata ("Oddjob" from "Goldfinger") is a good example of this. And, choppy camera work, a grainy print and an often dull script didn't help matters any!! So is this film worth seeing? Well, yes. Technically it truly deserves the score of 2--but it's also so badly made that it's also good for a laugh. Lovers of bad films will enjoy it on a kitsch level. However, the ordinary film viewer will most certainly NOT enjoy the experience and I can't imagine him or her sitting still for long once the film begins. Bad...but laughably so.