25 October 2014

The Last Shark (1980)
88 min.
Directed by Enzo Castellari.
With James Franciscus, Vic Morrow, Joshua Sinclair, Giancarlo Prete, Joyce Lee, Ennio Girolami, Stefania Girolami Goodwin, Massimo Vanni, Fabio Balini.
Believe it or not, this competently shot Italian JAWS ripoff isn't half bad.

A great white shark terrorizes the waters of a popular beach during a local regatta.

Reporter-writer Benton (Franciscus) joins forces with sea vet Morrow (as the Shaw wannabe) to find and stop the gnashy beast.

Lotsa blood sprayin' and limbs-a-flyin' - this IS an Italian imitation after all - as well as some decent setups with the shark highlight this well-meaning and enjoyable venture.

Admittedly, it mimics not only the original JAWS but borrows liberally also from JAWS 2 (including a downed helicopter and teenagers stranded on rafts).

Director Castellari, so good at helming Italian action adventure flicks, here demonstrates he's capable of carrying a horror-themed creature-on-the-rampage storyline.

And since there's no chance this'll touch Spielberg's 1975 classic, why not relax, quit comparin', and enjoy this fun ride?

Also known as The Great White.

Italian title: L'Ultimo Squalo.

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