When a baby great white shark accidentally finds its way into a Florida theme park, the manager decides to keep it as the centerpiece for a new exhibit. But he didn’t anticipate that its angry mother would come looking for her child.
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This rates very high on the list of the WORST films ever put out by Universal Studios. Released during what is tantamount to a "heyday" of junkie Universal movies (1975-1985)....While we got OUT OF AFRICA, BACK TO THE FUTURE and JAWS (I), we also got XANADU, SGT PEPPER, STROKER ACE, HARD TO HOLD, THE LONELY LADY, DR DETROIT, THE STING II, ENDLESS LOVE, THE NUDE BOMB, 1941, THE CONCORDE: AIRPORT 79, ROLLERCOASTER.
If this movie consisted exclusively of the shark attacking people at night, it would have been great. Dennis Quaid and Bess Armstrong have believable chemistry and the model shark they use for most of the last act is pretty great. This movie sucks ass, however, and nothing could have saved it.
Only reason for seeing this is if you see it in 3D so the boobs of Lea Thompson seem closer to grab and for "being inside" a shark's mouth when it devours Simon MacCorkindale. The film was actually planned as a spoof movie with an opening where the franchise writer, Peter Benchley, getting eaten by a shark in his private pool while Bo Derek's nude boobs was seeing bouncing around. NOW, that I would have seen.
Has two rare distinction: (1) It may be the only horror movie in history where a skinny dipping couple ISN'T eaten by the monster; and (2) features the absolute worst special effect of all time (the completely rigid baby shark)
Do you wanna know how you can tell this is a bad movie? Well this is the first and last movie Joe Alves ever directed. Jaws 3 is so bad that the director never worked again! It wasn't even so bad that it was fun. It was just plain bad! I did find the 3D effects to be pretty hilarious though. The only thing that could have saved this movie was if there was a fight scene between Louis Gossett Jr. and the shark...
A fitting music theme even though it departures from John Williams' classic, ideal for mechanical and claustrophobic environment of Undersea Kingdom. Late Simon MacCorkindale sports sophisticated version of Quint while entire cast shares great chemistry which leads to a bunch of lovable characters. Because of that, it doesn't hurt that death scenes are done off-screen on a larger account. Underrated B gem of the 80s.