Plot: After a shark spoils a last minute catch in a fish rodeo, a pair of rednecks uses a gun, a crossbow, and a grenade to settle the score. The shark manages to float into a mysterious cave however, a locale that has some kind of supernatural elements that grant paranormal powers. Now the shark is back as a ghost and after killing the rednecks and the sea captain that brought them into the water, the spectral predator takes aim on the entire town. Some local youths witness the ghost shark first hand, but no one will believe them, since a translucent shark sounds made up, which allows the beast to continue to slaughter the townsfolk. Will someone believe their story in time to save the residents from watery graves or will the ghost shark devour every last one, claiming the ultimate vengeance?
Entertainment Value: This one lives up to the title, as we have a ghost shark on the prowl, thanks to an aquatic take on the Pet Sematary concept. As you might expect, the movie is low rent and the actual shark is hokey, but Ghost Shark is in line with similar made for television schlock. I wouldn’t rank with the best in the genre, but the premise is a fun one and Richard Moll is fun to watch, while most of the cast seems game to run with the b movie cheese approach. Moll brings a dialed up performance to the table here and while his role is a smaller one, he is the most memorable part of the cast and he gives his character some enthusiasm. The low budget roots are evident, but the movie tries to balance it out with frequent shark attacks and over the top characters, though the pace still lags at times. The shark scenes and Moll’s appearances are the highlights and if nothing else, the glow in the dark shark fin is humorous. The tone is light and the movie keeps a sense of humor, so Ghost Shark aims for laughs over scares, though I doubt that will surprise many viewers. In the end, this isn’t one of the better shark movies out there, but genre fans will likely have some fun here.
No nakedness. The movie has a lot of folks in bikinis and other beach adornments, but no sleaze in this one. As for bloodshed, we have the numerous shark attacks and as you might suspect, the red stuff is mostly digital. A few minor practical splashes pop up, but the crimson is mostly low end CGI, as is the norm for the genre. But we do get a number of shark attacks and since our hunter is a ghost, that means the shark can surface in all kinds of places, not just open water. The kills aren’t graphic or overly creative, but a shark in some of these locations is fun and given the comedic nature of the material, the light bloodshed makes sense. The shark itself looks fine, by made for television animal attack standards, but isn’t going to dazzle the senses. I did love the ghost concept though and the paranormal blue glow was a fun touch. The dialogue isn’t packed with wild lines or over the top moments, but some one liners and mean girl talk make the cut. I think Richard Moll is the star of this department, as he brings a lot of energy to his role and provides most of the memorable deliveries. The craziness isn’t high here despite the wild premise, as things are often on the silly side, but Ghost Shark doesn’t really go for broke, so it never spirals out of control.
Overall Insanity: 2/10
The Disc: Ghost Shark is part of Mill Creek Entertainment’s Shark Bait collection, which has six shark themed movies, plus a bonus alligator creature feature. The movie looks good here and despite being one of three films on a disc, no real compression or digital issues are present. The image is clean and shows solid detail, about as good as you can expect from a DVD. The colors are bright and natural, contrast is smooth, and overall, the movie looks quite good.