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It’s John Barrowman vs. a size-changing prehistoric shark! 

When two researchers discover a colossal shark’s tooth off the Mexican coast their worst fears surface – the most menacing beast to ever rule the waters is still alive and mercilessly feeding on anything that crosses its path.

Today, ‘mega-shark’ movies are everywhere, but back in 2002, the idea of unleashing a prehistoric shark on the modern world was pretty new. Sure, ‘shark attack’ films were an obvious side-effect of the success of Jaws, but instead of a 25ft killer shark… surely a 60ft one would be even better?!

The first two Shark Attack films had been cheap Jaws rip-offs, but when the Israeli/South African-produced series decided to really go ‘big’, the result was one of the most infamously poor, yet highly entertaining, shark films of all times.

The story is pretty standard: A telecoms company is running a data cable through the Pacific Ocean when the crew are attacked. The story then shifts to lifeguard Ben Carpenter (a pre-Doctor Who John Barrowman) who discovers a large shark tooth and seeks the assistance of Jenny McShane’s nubile palaeontologist. Could the mysterious monster really be a living fossil from the age of the dinosaurs?! In short… yes.

The result? A monster movie that delivers plenty of shark attacks mixed with lots of National Geographic footage, however it is the dialogue and low budget effects that have really made this film infamous.

Barrowman looks like he’s having a laugh, McShane looks like she’s fighting back the giggles in every scene and the shark… oh, the shark… well, it has to be seen to be believed.

  • “[An} apropos motion picture maxim for Shark Attack 3: Megalodon would read “this time…it’s miserable…Or horrible…Or copyright infringeable.” Bill Gibron, DVD Verdict
  • “Sure this one may be “so bad it’s good” but there’s something about the flick’s outright plagiarism that prevents me from offering it even a backhand compliment” Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
  • “The camp value is high and the laughs are almost non-stop. One must wonder if this was all just an accident, or if the writers and directors are more clever than we thought.” SlightWarped.com

About The Bristol Bad Film Club @ Bristol Improv Theatre

Bristol Bad Film Club is where movie fans can behold some of the most unique and notorious films ever put to celluloid. Created by film fanatic Ti Singh, the club was formed in 2014 and has built up a cult-following - with tickets flying out the door. After all, in the words of Pauline Kael: “We all love good movies, but a true cinephile is someone who totally digs talking about the worst movies they’ve seen.”

How to claim

The screening starts at 8pm. Make sure you get yourself over to the Bristol Improv Theatre in good time. Introduce yourself as a Wriggler with a smile and show your unique Wriggle to claim your ticket. And enjoy!

How to get there

Bristol Improv Theatre, 50 St Paul's Rd, Bristol BS8 1LP, UK
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