Monday, February 13, 2017

12 Days of Terror (2004)

IMDb plot summary: For 12 days in July, 1916, a shark patrolled the waterways of northern New Jersey. This docudrama is based on Richard Fernicola's account of those days.
Directed by Jack Sholder. Starring Colin Egglesfield, Mark Dexter, Jenna Harrison, and John Rhys-Davies.

In the first few minutes of this movie, I had the realization that I hardly ever see period films set in the 1910s that aren't specifically about World War I. For a movie that's essentially Jaws to be set in 1916 was an unexpectedly fresh treat. That being said, it's definitely not as good as Jaws. Its protagonist is technically right in his pursuit of justice, but he's just so smug and unlikable. The dialogue is pretty cheesy, and the shark effects are not very compelling. It definitely has the quality of a made-for-TV movie. It's not terribly good, but it's about as enjoyable as any silly disaster B-movie, with maybe a slight bonus for being more interesting with its historical time frame.

2 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
12 Days of Terror < The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
12 Days of Terror > Special
12 Days of Terror > Independence Day
12 Days of Terror < The Three Musketeers (1993)
12 Days of Terror > X-Men: The Last Stand
12 Days of Terror > Quitting
12 Days of Terror < The Double Life of Veronique
12 Days of Terror < Plan 9 from Outer Space
12 Days of Terror > Touch of Evil
12 Days of Terror < 21 Up

Final spot: #1484 out of 2576.

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