Plot: Frank (Trey Harrison) has just gone on his first date since his divorce, only to return home to the babysitter eviscerated. As all signs point to a shark, he bails on his house and sets up camp with his son in the backyard, then tries to find some experts to help him reclaim his abode. As it turns out, a world famous house shark researcher is willing to help, so Frank is joined by Zachary (Michael Merchant), though he doesn’t seem to be of much assistance. But then bitter, haggard real estate agent Abraham (Wes Reid) shows up and is determined to take down the house shark, though for his own personal reasons. Can these three manage to outsmart the house shark, even as they are forced to face down their own inner demons in the process, or does this house now belong to the jaws of the beast?
Entertainment Value: I love shark movies and I love Ron Bonk movies, so House Shark is like a cinematic dream come true. This one blends horror and comedy, then turns the dial to the outlandish side, giving us a wild and over the top movie that never fails to entertain. If you saw She Kills, House Shark has a similar sense of humor, sometimes random, usually ridiculous, but always hilarious. Even if a joke is on the flat side, the performances are so enthusiastic and wild, you’ll get some laughs regardless. But if you need your humor to always make sense or be relevant somehow, you might not fall in love with House Shark, since it takes a twisted approach to humor and isn’t afraid to go bananas. Trey Harrison has the lead and is fantastic, in an odd, but always fun effort that carries the movie well. He can do so much with just a reaction or facial expression, let alone his excellent comedic timing with the dialogue. Wes Reid also makes the most of the material and goes for broke, while Michael Merchant and Wayne W. Williams also have memorable roles. I mean, House Shark without a Native American Sith Lord just wouldn’t the same, right? House Shark is outrageous and nonsensical, but also immense fun and well recommended.
The movie has a little sleaze with an early scene that involves breasts, bare ass, and some brief full frontal, all during a wild chain of events. Another naked ass is seen, but that’s all the nakedness this time around. This is a shark movie after all, so you need bloody shark attack sequences and they’re delivered here by Marcus Koch, wizard of low rent practical effects. I dislike the CGI used in some some scenes, especially when it sprays over the screen, but there’s also some good old fashioned gore as well. This is goofy, over the top bloodshed and those descriptors cover the shark itself as well, which looks like an old school b movie monster. So there’s some fun carnage to be had here, presented in the same silly tone as the rest of the movie. The dialogue is ridiculous, random, and often crude, but I had a blast with the one liners and bizarre sense of humor. I’m sure will be confused or offended by the House Shark humor, but I loved so many of the lines and I think there’s quote gold throughout. As for craziness, this is a movie about a shark that prowls a suburban home’s hallways, so throw in the zany performances, outlandish humor, and splashes of gore and House Shark delivers on more than a little wackiness, to say the least.
Overall Insanity: 7/10