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Really Awful Movies: Ep 286 – The Last Shark



On this week’s episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, The Last Shark! Also known as Great White, this is a poorly constructed bargain basement contractor version of Spielberg’s iconic Jaws. But hell, that’s not so bad…as eco-horror animal attack movies are among our absolute favorites to discuss.

This one has a town…and there’s an important windsurfing regatta that’s been put in jeopardy, thanks to the exploits of a fearsome predator of the deep.

And it’s up to the denizens of Port Harbour (yes, really) to take on the killer shark, and marshal their forces to liquidate the creature. Can they? Certainly, especially if they can employ the services of a low-rent Robert Shaw/Quint.

Starring the incomparable Vic Morrow, The Last Shark is directed by Enzo Castellari, and shows very few, if any, of the directorial flourishes of the masterful, incredible Jaws.

But really, does it matter? This one is so much fun, even if the shark looks like an inflatable clown punch-up doll more than a terrifying apex predator.

Clear the beaches! Grab a couple of beers, find a version of this shameless rip-off to watch (Universal took the producers to court the similarities to the Spielberg product are that obvious). And be sure to sign up to the podcast!


Really Awful Movies: Ep 279 – Little Shop of Horrors



A casting director’s dream of a movie, Little Shop of Horrors features Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Rick Moranis, John Candy, and Christopher Guest.

It’s a creature feature with songs, but in this case…the creature in question is a plant, the incomparable Venus Fly Trap, Audrey II.

This is a fun one, with a showstopping scene involving a sadistic dentist (is there any other kind?)

During production, director Oz shot a lengthy ending based on the off-Broadway musical on which this 1986 production is based. However, after test audiences did not react positively to it, the ending had to be rewritten and re-shot for the theatrical release with a happier, cloyingly romantic ending. We obviously prefer the carnage.

On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we talk about pharmaceuticals, musicals, fear of dentists, horticulture, and the legacy of the late, great John Candy.