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Cruel Jaws is a 1995 low-budget Italian-American horror film directed by Bruno Mattei and Joe D'Amato. The movie is often considered a blatant rip-off of the hit Steven Spielberg franchise, Jaws, as it follows a similar plot of a giant great white shark terrorizing the inhabitants of a small coastal town. The film takes place in a sunny beachside town of Hampton Bay, where the locals are getting ready for the annual Regatta competition. Unbeknownst to the townsfolk, a monstrous great white shark lurking beneath the ocean's surface is waiting to strike. The protagonist of the movie is a courageous lifeguard named Dag (David Luther), who sets out to stop the shark and save the citizens of Hampton Bay from its gruesome attacks.
The movie begins with a scene on a boat where a group of young adults are partying and enjoying the sun, unaware of the danger nearby. Suddenly, the shark emerges from the water, capsizing the boat and killing everyone aboard. The next day, Dag and the local mayor (George Barnes Jr.) are informed of the incident and the town is thrown into a frenzy. The Mayor's son, Bob Jr (Scott Silveria), who is also a part of Dag's lifeguard team, wants to take down the shark himself, but Dag urges him to stay out of it, as he knows the danger of such a mission.
However, when the shark continues to strike and takes the life of a young boy, Bob Jr. decides to take matters into his own hands. He enlists the help of his girlfriend, Mel (Kirsten Urso), and together they team up with Dag to hunt down the shark. The trio embarks on a harrowing journey to stop the shark before it wreaks more havoc on the town.
As they set out on their journey, they encounter several obstacles and setbacks, both from the shark and from the town's corrupt businessmen who refuse to shut down their lucrative beachfront enterprises. Despite the challenges, the trio perseveres and devises a plan to stop the shark using a specially modified boat that would create a sonic shockwave to disable the shark's sensory organs temporarily.
The climax of the movie is a tense finale, where the three heroes take on the shark, ultimately leading to a thrilling showdown at sea. The battle between the heroes and the shark is intense and filled with action, featuring impressive special effects and a dramatic conclusion.
Overall, Cruel Jaws is a predictable, low-budget movie that was created solely to cash in on the success of the Jaws franchise. Despite its obvious flaws, the film does have some entertaining moments and is a fun watch for fans of low-budget horror films. The cast delivers decent performances, especially David Luther as the determined lifeguard, and the soundtrack is also a highlight of the movie. However, the film falls short in terms of pacing, character development, and overall story coherence. If you're looking for a cheesy and suspenseful shark movie, Cruel Jaws might be worth a watch.
Cruel Jaws is a 1995 horror movie. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 3.3.