Dam Sharks! – USA, 2016 – reviews

Dam Sharks! is a 2016 made-for-television American horror film written and directed by James Kondelik and Jon Kondelik (All Hallows’ Eve 2: segment “M Is for Masochist”; Behind the Walls). It was produced by Anthony Fankhauser (2 Lava 2 Lantula!; Cowboys vs Dinosaurs; Poseidon Rex)

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The film premiered on the Syfy Channel on July 25, 2016 as part of their Sharknado Week.

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Opening plot:

A group of young corporate executives on a weekend bonding trip discover that the area is plagued by a shoal of voracious bull sharks that are attempting to construct a unique dam using human body parts! In an attempt to survive the sharks’ onslaught, the execs team up with a local wildlife officer…

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Reviews:

“Much like Atomic Shark, Dam Sharks deserves a lot of credit for keeping the audience off-balance.  There are a few characters who you assume will never die because they’re either too likeable or too funny. But, as we quickly learn, sharks don’t care if you’re funny or likable. They just want to eat you and add your leg to the dam.” Lisa Marie Bowman, Through the Shattered Lens

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“Though not the most logical story out there, the unique and original story does make this feel quite creative enough to make for a solid series of positives that work really well here. The film does have a few minor flaws, in that the unique story doesn’t really make any sense … Along with the usual atrocious CGI, it’s what holds the film down.” GL84, IMDb

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“The film has a truly loopy concept, but has nowhere near the fun that the makers of Atomic Shark have with a similarly stupid idea. Both films never really fully explain exactly how their antagonists get into the state in which they are either ultra-radioactive or able to construct huge dams far upriver from their normal environs. Such concerns aren’t really necessary to a low-budget shark flick, but at least the creature in Atomic Shark still pretty much carries on like normal. This beaver dam thing… that’s pretty weird.” Rik Tod Johnson, The Shark Film Office

“There are some shameless lifts from other (probably far better) movies. Still, there are a couple of surprises and sufficient fun to be found here: if you’re not predicting the casualties when three people are crossing a river on a tree-trunk, you’re not watching this the right way.” Jim McLellan, Film Blitz

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Actress Kabby Borders posing with dam sharks

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Main cast: 

Matt Mercer (Contracted: Phase II; Contracted; Diary of a Serial Killer), Paige Lauren Billiot (Isle of the Dead), Ashton Bingham, Jessica Blackmore (The Sacred), Kabby Borders (They Found Hell), Corey Craig (Godzilla; Harry and the Succubus: short), Robert Craighead (2 Lava 2 Lantula!; The Babysitter Murders: short; The Return of the Living Dead), Michelle DeMond, Andy Earle, Eric Paul Erickson, Francis Gonzalez,  Saxon Jones, Will Leon, Nicole Reddinger, Neka Zang.

Filming location:

Bakersfield, California

IMDb | Image credits and thanks: Kabby Borders | The Shark Film Office | Times Record News

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