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2 HEADED SHARK ATTACK
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Reviewed by: Pat Torfe

Directed by: Christopher Ray

Starring:
Carmen Electra
Charlie O’Connell
Brooke Hogan
Gerald Webb

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about

A group of students are on a semester at sea with their professor, Mr. Babish. Things are fine until a giant 2-headed shark attacks and sinks the ship, leaving the survivors to scramble to an abandoned atoll. Things become more dire when the atoll starts to sink, prompting the group to worry about rescue, as well as the monster that wrecked their ship.

Is it good movie?

It's that slow time of year. The time where studios don't really release any quality Blu-Rays/DVDs, and so that leaves reviewers like myself with stuff like this. Truth be told, I'm sure that there are people who regard a film like this as a different kind of "quality", much like the people who regard SyFy films as a different "quality". A film like 2 HEADED SHARK ATTACK could only come from the folks who gave us such wonderful films like GIANT SHARK VS. GIANT OCTOPUS, so you know that it has to be good. How good is it, you may ask? Oh, it's good.

The film doesn't waste much time getting to the meat of the matter by having the 2 headed CGI monstrosity devouring two waterskiers simultaneously, complete with shoddy compositing effects and your dumbfounded expressions from those driving the boat. They of course head back to where the two skiers were eaten, only to have the boat obliterated by the shark and then being eaten in a crazy array of epileptic cuts so as to hide the actors flailing around inside the mouth of the rubber shark model (which in spite of the obvious bendy rubber teeth, looks quite good). From then on, you know what to expect.

Acting comes in the form of Carmen Electra (as a doctor!) sunbathing, Charlie O'Connell trying to convince us that he knows what he's talking about when it comes to oceanography, and Brooke Hogan. Actually, Brooke fares better than the majority of the cast. And unlike her dad, Brooke seems to know how to act. That's not to say that she'll be an Oscar winner anytime soon, but she's not terrible with what she's given.

As for the shark itself, it's explained that the creature's a genetic mutation a la how some animals are born with two heads. It also for some reason not explained in the film can alter its size and colour. But that's not important. Flimsy scientific explanations aside, the shark is obviously rubber in the live action scenes, as well as being obviously CG when it calls for it. I caught a couple of instances of camera crew legs and reflections in the shots, as well as the above-mentioned rubber shark teeth. But really, were you expecting anything less?

As you probably have guessed, 2 HEADED SHARK ATTACK is one of those bad B-movies that appeals to those folks who enjoy these low-budget, minimalistic plot-driven films that are filled with cheesy effects and bad acting. That's fine and all, but this film will only appeal to those people and those people alone. It's more along the lines of something that you'd once again throw on while you're busy vacuuming or doing something that requires minimal thought processing. Anything more than that, and you'll be fast-forwarding towards the shots of women jiggling in their bikini tops and that'll be it.

Video / Audio

Video: The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation is about what you'd expect for a film like this. It doesn't blow you away. There are instances of obvious edge enhancement here and there, but the picture overall is clean with good detail.

Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 track once again matches up with the video quality. Dialogue is clear without any distortion with adequate use of the surrounds.

The Extras

First up is your typical EPK behind the scenes featurette entitled The Making Of 2-Headed Shark Attack which lasts 10 minutes in length. A mixture of cast and crew interviews interspliced with behind-the-scenes footage and scenes from the film. Mishaps like high tide taking the atoll away or the cast's love of the Florida keys are talked about, and we're bored either way.

Following that is a gag reel lasting about a minute long that has Charlie O'Connell blowing his lines or the crew acting dumb before shots. That's literally it.

Rounding things up are trailers for other films by Asylum Entertainment.

Last Call

Another winner to go alongside other shark attack films made on the cheap, 2 HEADED SHARK ATTACK is exactly how it sounds, and how it should be watched. The extras are predictably a joke, but if you're into that sort of thing when you're watching a film like this, then go for it. The rest of us will be waiting with white jackets.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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