‘Danger in the deep’
Shark Hunter is a 2001 action horror film about a giant megalodon shark that destroys an entire research station.
Directed by Matt Codd from a screenplay written by Sam Wells based on a story by Phillip J. Roth. Produced by Jeffery Beach, John Cappilla and Phillip J. Roth.
The UFO production stars Antonio Sabato Jr., Christian Toulai, Heather Marie Marsden and Grand L. Bush.
“While CGI sharks aren’t new, the work done for Shark Hunter is particularly impressive, as are the submarines. As is the case with many UFO productions, not only does the shark become CGI, but so does much of the flicks environment. Sharks versus torpedoes, Antonio Sabato Jr. looking grim, a blonde with attitude, and all set to a good Tony Riparetti action music score. Bliss.” Ballistic Blood Bullets
“Sometimes you like a sharksploitation film and you just can’t say why […] By all rights, watching this film should be a chore, and yet there is something about it— possibly the incomprehensible accents, the screwy science, or the utter lack of background stories for anyone other than the main character— that leaves you happy.” The Creature Feature Bleachers
“There’s a severe lack of action. Dialogue is barely functional. A character quips that they’re gonna need a bigger sub because it’s clearly a good idea to remind folks that they could be watching Jaws instead […] Repetitive music whose main motif sounds suspiciously like Elfman’s Batman theme drones on endlessly, while most of these characters are unnecessarily hostile towards each other.” Oh, the Horror!
” …this is certainly an unexciting time with lots of bickering between the characters […], adequate CGI effects (the first shark attack isn’t too bad), a lead actor who can only manage to smile (even during the “dramatic” moments) and a really poor Jaws homage (Sabato mutters, “We’re gonna need a bigger sub”).” The Video Graveyard
Cast and characters:
Antonio Sabato Jr. … Spencer Northcut
Christian Toulali … Doctor William Atkins (as Christain Toulali)
Grand L. Bush … Rob Harrington
Heather Marie Marsden … Cheryl
Velizar Binev … Will Tchenko
Hristo Shopov … Justin French
Robert Zachar … Mr Northcut
Boyka Velkova … Mrs Northcut (as Bojka Velkova)
Kiril Hristov … Young Spencer Northcut
Victor Biserov … DSS Worker Peters
Julian Vergov … Dirt Worker #1
Ivan Barnev … Dirt Worker #2
Nikolai Bojkov … Student #1
Vesela Dimitrova … Student #2 (as Vessela Dimitrova)
Greg Aronowitz … Peters (uncredited)
Not to be confused with The Shark Hunter (1979).