Directed by: Kevin O’Neill
Starring: Eric Balfour, Roger Corman, Iva Hasperger, and Aaron Diaz
Studio: Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
Roger Corman is a legendary presence in the world of cinema. He is the King of B- movies and has, for over 50 years, produced and directed some of the most memorable and fun flicks in history. These days, Corman has passed the torch of his directorial legacy to a couple different directors. Kevin O’Neill is one of them and he is responsible for one of the highest rated SyFy Channel creature features, “Dinoshark.” Now, thanks to Anchor Bay, anyone who missed the movie when it originally aired can see it anytime they want on Blu-ray or DVD.
“Dinoshark” was “frozen in glacial ice over 150 million years ago. Global warming has just hatched it in the Arctic. And now, it has traveled to Puerto Vallarta for a massive Mexican buffet of sailors, swimmers, lifeguards, jet skiers, bikini babes and more. It thrives in warm water. Bullets will not pierce its prehistoric armor. And it can leap out of the ocean to devour helicopters and parasailers. Can a rogue fishing boat captain and a science teacher stop this ravenous pliosaur before it takes a monster bite out of the local fiesta and all-girl water polo tournament?”
Director Kevin O’Neill has injected “Dinoshark” with everything that people have come to expect from Roger Corman and his films as of late. There is a lot of blood and guts, bad dialogue, exotic locales, and visual eye-candy for males and females alike to gawk at. This could basically be “Jaws V: The Retread” if the shark wasn’t prehistoric. There’s even a rather extensive guest-starring role by Corman as a scientist who is doing research on the shark.
The acting in “Dinoshark” is adequate. It’s not like anyone is watching these movies waiting for the Oscar-caliber dialogue deliveries and narrative. Eric Balfour has to have one of the worst cases of accent fading I’ve ever heard. At one moment he is Spanish and the very next hip Hollywood, CA. Roger Corman puts on a fun little show and it’s bizarre to see him on-screen so much. His last cameo was about one-minute long in “Sharktopus.” In this, he actually has acting parts and lines. He’s not perfect, but definitely holds his own.
The special effects are a mix of practical and CGI. The CGI effects are what you would expect. They’re not ILM or WETA quality but they’re passable and sufficient for a B-movie to be successful at giving audiences a reason to poke fun at them and bathe in the cheesy goodness. The gory scenes do come off quite well, however. There are some great surprise attacks by Dinoshark where people are devoured in the blink of an eye.
If you love all the SyFy Channel Saturday night flicks or ones made by The Asylum, then this movie is for you. Imagine “Piranha 3-D” but with a smaller budget and not as many big actors. You won’t be disappointed.
There’s not a whole lot of Special Features for “Dinoshark.” We do get audio commentary by producers Roger and Julie Corman as well as director Kevin O’Neill. There’s also a trailer for the film included. It would have been nice to see a “Making of” featurette or something of that nature.
You can buy the Blu-ray version of “Dinoshark” right here.
You can buy the regular format DVD version of “Dinoshark” right here.