DRIVE IN DOUBLE FEATURE:...
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
Harry Kerwin, Henri Charr
What's it about
Dark Sky Films presents another Drive-In Double Feature, this time collecting the cheapie Jaws flick Barracuda and the cannibal/mob/vacation/archeology movie Island Fury.
Is it good movie?
I have a mushy spot buried somewhere for drive-in movies. Their peak might have occurred when I was just a young little Doom, but I love the era, the dialogue, the action, the vibe. Back in the day stations would run cheap, low-grade flicks late night, but with the modern onslaught of channels, B movies have yet to find a comfortable home. Thankfully, Dark Sky Films keeps the tradition of the Drive-In Double Feature alive, though itís a spotty affair.
Case in point: Barracuda. When a movie sucks, it sucks. And Barracudablows. Itís an uninteresting Jaws rip-off without tension, without humor, and without the right dosage of cheese. The story revolves around a swinging dick marine biologist who believes a local company is poisoning the water, a company who actually takes pride in their damage. While he runs water tests and ends up arrested, a killer barracuda stalks the waters, killing fish and unsuspecting divers. Conventional thinking would suggest that the barracuda scenes would make the movie; unfortunately, the dramatic underwater slaughters fail to frighten, and end up being the movies worst aspect. Theyíre unwatchable, not in the good way as at least those awful Casper Van Dien/Ernie Hudson Shark Attack movies delivered action. A B movie that knew what it was. Barracuda is void is action, opting for a few ankle bites. A little blood circling the waters. Its main appeal comes from the sexy, braless ladies running around town. But even the loneliest guy canít stay interested in those 90 minutes. Oh, and any movie boasting on the case that it shares conspiracy themes with Halloween III is desperate for a connection.
Keeping with the aqua theme, the second feature is Island Fury though the action takes place above the water line. It starts with two American female tourists who become abducted by thugs who noticed one of the girls sporting a rare medallion. They force the girls to an isolated island to find more goodies. Slow-paced and badly acted, Island Fury at least attempts to craft an actual movie, allowing for two time lines, cutting between the past with the girlsí original discovery of the coin and the mob lead search for more. The movie really gets going once the young swimmers visit the island in search of treasure, despite an olí sea captain warning that no one ever comes back alive. As they march through the island, they meet a kind old couple who happen to eat people. Island Fury boasts plenty hot women in bikinis running around, enjoyable until the cannibal grandma gets them. For the ladies, the guys all sport little shorts and long sleeve sweatshirts, unzipped halfway down their chest. Island Fury at least fits more into the B category, creating some panic and interest. One of the dumbest things comes from the foreign gangsters who speak 100% perfect English. At least they could have tried to sound alien, pathetic accent or not. Yet nothing tops the young divers message for hope: ďItís getting dark and weíve got to start surviving.Ē
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 2.0 English
Classic drive-in programming and theatrical trailers are your bonus features!
Iíve seen a few of the Drive-In Double Feature and the combination of Barracuda and Island Fury is the weakest of the bunch. The latter delivers on gore and bikini clad women, but Barracuda stinks up the first act.