Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ultimo squalo, L' (1980)

...aka: Great White
...aka: Jaws Returns
...aka: Last Jaws, The
...aka: Last Shark, The
...aka: Shark

Directed by:
Enzo G. Castellari

Just like most other popular movies, JAWS (1975), the second highest grossing film of its decade, was followed not only by its own official series of sequels, but also quite a few rip offs from various countries. And here's another one; an Italian production filmed in the States. Originally called L'ULTIMO SQUALO (THE LAST SHARK), this was released in the U.S. under the title GREAT WHITE but had to quickly be pulled from theaters when Universal Pictures filed a successful lawsuit claiming this movie was too similar to their film. Since JAWS already had a sequel several years before this one was made, in some countries it was released as JAWS 3. I haven't done a whole lot of research but I actually don't think this was ever officially released to video or DVD here in America, though it has been in many other countries. More review coming soon.

Score: 5 out of 10

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