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- 1 hr 26 min
Sand Sharks is a 2012 horror-comedy directed by Mark Atkins, starring Corin Nemec, Brooke Hogan, and Vanessa Evigan. The movie is set in a small beach town called White Sands, where the annual Spring Break attracts a horde of partying college students. However, things take a deadly turn when the town is suddenly attacked by a group of prehistoric sand sharks that are more than happy to make a feast out of the unsuspecting students.
The movie follows the story of Jimmy Green (Corin Nemec), a struggling marine biologist who has returned to White Sands to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his father. Upon his arrival, Jimmy discovers that the town is under attack by the aforementioned sand sharks, which are not only able to swim through the sand but can also fly in the air like a bat.
As the local authorities struggle to contain the situation, Jimmy is convinced that the sand sharks are not just a random occurrence, but the result of the reckless behavior of the students, who have been drilling for oil and disturbing the natural habitat of the dangerous creatures. Together with his estranged step-sister and local bar owner (Brooke Hogan) and a group of college students, Jimmy sets out to stop the sand sharks and save the town from their deadly wrath.
With its tongue-in-cheek humor and over-the-top gore, Sand Sharks is a perfect blend of horror and comedy. The movie doesn't take itself too seriously, and the over-the-top kills are sure to elicit laughs from even the most jaded horror fans. From the opening scene, where a hapless golfer is devoured by a sand shark mid-swing, it's clear that Sand Sharks isn't interested in subtlety.
The cast of Sand Sharks is led by Corin Nemec, who is perfectly cast as the bumbling marine biologist. Nemec brings a likable charm to his role, and his chemistry with co-star Brooke Hogan is surprisingly palpable. Hogan, in turn, is a natural in her role as the no-nonsense bar owner with a heart of gold. Together, the two make for a compelling on-screen duo, and their banter is some of the funniest in the movie.
The supporting cast of college students is a mixed bag, with some actors clearly more comfortable with the material than others. However, Vanessa Evigan, in particular, stands out as the ditzy but lovable party girl who quickly becomes a fan favorite. The dynamic between the students and the older main cast is also a refreshing change of pace from other horror movies, where the protagonists are usually all the same age.
The standout feature of Sand Sharks, however, is its impressive special effects. For a movie with a relatively low budget, the sand sharks themselves look surprisingly convincing, thanks in part to some clever camera work and practical effects. The kills are also hilariously over-the-top, with the sand sharks chomping through victims like hot knives through butter.
Unfortunately, Sand Sharks is not without its flaws. For one, the plot is a bit contrived, with some of the characters making bafflingly stupid decisions at times. Additionally, the pacing can be a bit slow, and the middle third of the movie drags on a bit too long. However, these flaws are minor quibbles in an otherwise enjoyable horror movie.
In conclusion, Sand Sharks is a fun and wacky horror-comedy that is sure to delight fans of the genre. The cast is charming, the kills are hilarious, and the sand sharks themselves are surprisingly convincing. While it's not without its flaws, Sand Sharks is a reminder that sometimes the best movies are the ones that don't take themselves too seriously.
Sand Sharks is a 2012 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 2.6.