Review: The Last Jaws (1981)

The success of “Jaws”(1975) boosted a series of shark movies. And of course the Italians were in front line to cash in on that.

dvd“THE LAST JAWS” (L’Ultimo squalo)
1981
Horror
Italy

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: James Franciscus, Vic Morrow, Micaela Pignatelli
Distributor: Another World
Runtime: 88 mins
DVD REGION 2

“It’s not his hunger he wants to satisfy. He’s out to kill!”

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A wind surfing regatta is coming up in a little coastal town. There’s clearly signs that a big shark has killed at least two people and destroyed both a boat and a surf board. The local soon-to-be-elected governor Williams refuses to cave in, and stop the regatta. The shark safety net is broken and the shark goes wild, killing people for fun. They have to catch and kill the shark, and everybody has a go at it, even the governor.

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The formula and plot is much the same as with “Jaws”. And they also marketed it as part of the franchise, earning the Italians good money. It’s good entertainment, but by far the best shark movie or Castellari movie I’ve seen. Some hilarious scenes amps up the film though, especially the epic battle between the governor in a hellicopter and “the great white” shark. Good b-movie fun, but not much more.

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