12 DAYS OF TERROR
Reviewed by: Rees Savidis
What's it about
In the summer of 1916, the eventual dead mobster dumping ground know as the New Jersey shoreline was stained red by a rash of shark attacks. Career lifeguard Alex (Colin Egglesfield) cries foul a-la Chief Brody in Jaws and tires to stop the fishy eating machine before the entire beach is swallowed whole.
Is it good movie?
12 Days of Terror. 88 minutes of crap. A few years ago, a good friend and I were sitting on his deck, sucking back a few beers when the conversation turned to shark movies – as our conversations usualy did. Being huge fans of all things Great White, we wondered if maybe it was time for a new movie to swim out past the breakers and blow Jaws, the king of all shark movies, out of the water.
I told my buddy of a story I’d heard when I was younger about these shark attacks that had occurred in New Jersey back when folks still called cars “horseless carriages.” The story, as I told my friend, was apparently part of the inspiration for Jaws and concerned a rouge shark that had followed an unusually warm ocean current to the New Jersey shoreline and spent nearly two weeks picking sunbathers out of its teeth. In a fairly inebriated state, we both agreed that it might be cool if someone, at that point us, made the Jersey shark story into a movie. Years later, our wish came true. Someone did. And it sucks.
Directed by Jack Sholder (The Hidden), 12 Days of Terror is your atypical made-for-television disappointment. It’s all here folks; wooden performances, pedestrian direction and near beat-for-beat plot points lifted directly from the pages of Jaws. Stubborn government officials? Check. One man fighting public opinion? Check. Grief stricken mother? Check. Crusty old sea-dog? Check. Thrilling, nail-biting tension coupled with heartfelt human drama, budding friendships, near Biblical quotes and one bad-assed mother of a shark? Not on your f**king life. 12 Days of Terror is all the best parts of Jaws gone terribly wrong – and I’ve seen my share of shitty rip-off shark flicks. Great White, Tintorera, Deep Blue Sea…hell, even Jaws: The Revenge punches 12 Days of Terror right in the crotch.
Video / Audio
There are many, many superior shark flicks holding up video store walls, waiting to while away an afternoon with. I mentioned a few above. If none of them blow your skirt up, well…there’s always Piranha.