If you’ve ever heard the words ‘Roger
Corman’, ‘Syfy’ or ‘Dinocroc vs Supergator’ then you’ll pretty
much know what to expect here from Dinoshark. A group of
revellers holidaying in Mexico are feasted upon by a fearsome creature
thawed from a newly-melted arctic glacier...
And that’s pretty much all there is to it.
The latest low-budget monster outing from venerable schlockmeister Roger
Corman, whose recent films include such similarly-themed fare as
Dinocroc and Sharktopus, Dinoshark revels in B-movie
cheesiness and incorporates all the hallmarks: hammy acting, bad
dialogue, unconvincing effects (think sausages as intestines), extensive
use of stock footage and a wilful, if tongue in cheek, adherence to its
singularly silly premise.
The Dinoshark proves impervious to bullets
and other manmade weaponry and the gang’s attempt to destroy it, usually
whilst clad in revealing bathing costumes and spouting nonsense in
unconvincing Spanish accents, provide much of the dramatic impetus.
Such as it is. The film won’t win any awards for, well, anything, but
it does have a number of truly funny moments and ultimately proves
highly enjoyable in an Ed Wood, guilty pleasure kind of way, providing
you can look past the terrible CGI and even worse acting and also
suspend your disbelief to the point where it becomes but a distant speck
on the horizon.
The film also looks great on Blu, for what
it’s worth, and the 1080p transfer is incredibly crisp and vibrant,
especially considering the film was shot on 35mm film and not in HD.
The TrueHD 5.1 surround audio is likewise strong, ensuring you won’t
miss any of the subtle nuanced of exchanges such as:
Carol: I teach environmental science with
a focus on aquatic ecosystems.
Luis: Big words. Let’s drink!
In the way of Special Features
there’s an Audio Commentary with Producers Roger and Julie Corman and
Director Kevin O’Neill. The Cormans are in typically good form and
O’Neill is full of interesting titbits and insights into the shooting
process – one of the more enjoyable audio commentaries of the past few
months, methinks, and a worthwhile compliment to the absurdity of the