Sharkenstein (2016) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Mark Polonia
Starring: Greta Volkova, James Carolus, Titus Himmelberger
Rated: UR/Region: 0/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Wild Eye Releasing
In the final days of World War II, a secret experiment to weaponize sharks is seemingly abandoned by Nazi scientists. 60 years later, a small ocean town is haunted by a mysterious creature, one built from the parts of the greatest killers in the sea – a Sharkenstein monster!
Mark Polonia doesn’t have the best track record with me when it comes to shark movies. Having just watched his Land Shark film I was felt with a little bit of dread when I noticed this one was also made by Polonia. I will say this much up front, this movie isn’t that great but it at least is better than Land Shark. So they’ve said the heart of Frankenstein’s monster and tossed in a stitched together shark known as Sharkenstien. Now here it is to swim in bad CGI waters and kill people on the beach! This will mostly affect a group of people whose boat breaks down in the water but there is also other things going on, as the movie seems to just toss everything against the wall that is humanly possible in hopes that it sticks. Does a lot of it stick? Not really, but the movie has the whole entertaining trainwreck thing going for it, which was more than could be said for Land Shark.
While we live in a world full of two-headed sharks, tornado sharks, and even sharks you have to perform exorcisms on, I never would have thought about a Sharkenstein. So, regardless of what you end up thinking about this movie you’ll still have to hand it to it for creativity if nothing else. Now I can’t really say that I found the movie to be all that good, but when you put out as many movies as Mark Polonia does they can’t all be winners. I think maybe doing two different shark movies around the same time kind of stretched his creativity thin and neither got the best end of it as a result.
– Director’s Commentary
– Behind the Scenes Featurette