Review: Shark Season (2020)

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Having just had my faith in shark attack films restored with Deep Blue Sea 3 I decided to really push my luck with Shark Season. It’s a new film from The Asylum, one they didn’t even bother to put on IMDB. The fact they were that proud of it should have been my cue to pass on it. But I did say I was pushing my luck…

The film opens with a paddle boarder setting out from the beach. The camera wants us to notice her legs and ass but the big raw spot on the back of her shoulder is what really stood out. It doesn’t really matter as she is promptly attacked and eaten by stock footage of a Great White.

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Sarah (Paige McGarvin, End of the World) has a long talk with her dad (Michael Madsen, Angels Fallen, Red Handed) before heading to her photoshoot. She meets up with her photographer and ex-boyfriend Jason (Jack Pearson, The Madness Within, Fast and Fierce: Death Race). Also along for the trip is Meghan (Juliana DeStefano, American Psychos) his makeup person and his new girlfriend.

Jason wants to shoot at a platform of some kind that’s above water for a few hours a day since a hurricane “re-arraigned the channels”. Ominously it’s a three hour trip by kayak. They don’t notice the shark, now transformed into bad CGI, following them. Well not until it eats Jason leaving the girls trapped on a chunk of rock that is quickly submerging.

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Yes, we all saw this before when it was called The Shallows. And some of us saw it before that as Malibu Shark Attack. We didn’t need another version. Especially not one this inept. The script is by Mark Atkins, best known for films like 6 Headed Shark Attack, Sand Sharks and Monster Island. Unlike them, Shark Season tries to be a serious horror film. It’s just tedious with dialogue as bad as the CGI.

The direction by Jared Cohn (Devil’s Revenge, Atlantic Rim: Resurrection), Atkins is credited with directing as well as writing on The Asylum’s website, is every bit as bad. Much of the kayaking footage is shot so we see the cast member but not the kayak or the water. Then we cut to an aerial shot where you can’t tell who is in the kayak. Or it’s shot from behind. The result is attacks that are such a mess of quick cuts that they induce headaches, not fear.

If you’re a fan of Michael Masden there’s some good news. For once he’s in more than one short scene. He’s in several scenes. Granted they’re all short and he doesn’t do much more than talk on the phone. But Shark Season is graced by his presence throughout the film.

Shark Season is currently available to stream. It will be released on DVD August 28th. You can check The Asylum’s website or Facebook page for more info.

Jim Morazzini

Movie buff, gym rat and crazy cat guy

4 thoughts on “Review: Shark Season (2020)

  • July 30, 2020 at 4:24 PM
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    Was this movie made fora tax write off or something? A seriously awful movie with poor acting by all and it has a really awful plot. It’s so lame and poorly shot you wonder if it’s trying to compete with Sharknado. It is absolutely ridden with continuity errors and cliches. The CGI has to get better just to achieve “awful” as a status. The dialogue is bad. I mean seriously bad. There is absolutely nothing good about this movie and everyone involved in it including the moron who thinks he’s a director should be fired from ever having anything to do with motion picture entertainment. Except for the CGI guy – he should be fed to real sharks after being fired.

  • August 2, 2020 at 12:05 AM
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    Michael Madsen was one of the worst things about this stinker. The two main heroines were insufferable.

  • August 5, 2020 at 11:26 PM
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    This was painful…..off the charts awful! Can I get a refund, and my time back? I was so embarrassed for the actors, with their terrible acting….I had to look away! The blonde actress could’ve at least wiped her nose at the end…..so gross! Don’t quit your day jobs, because this is not the industy for any of you……sorry.

  • August 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM
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    I don’t know much about hell, other than they will definitely be playing this movie there!! Mom and dad, if you’re having trouble coming up with ways to punish your children might I recommend making them watch this movie. But seriously, I have never committed on a movie before but this one was so bad I had to warn people. Save your money,time, and possibly your life because watching this movie could kill you. I kid you not it should come with a warning from the surgeon general.

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