Avalanche Sharks (2013)
Summary: Bikini Snow Day is the busiest day of the year at Mammoth Mountain, and the resort is packed with wild co-eds looking for a good time. When an unexpected avalanche rumbles down the mountain, it awakens ancient spirits in the form of massive sharks with a taste for human flesh. As the body count begins to pile up, the local sheriff must form an unlikely alliance with a motley crew of locals and tourists in order to kill off the terrifying creatures before it’s too late.
So anyone that read my review of Raiders of the Lost Shark know that I was extremely let down at what could had the potential to be an awesome “creature feature” shark movie. Luckily, my faith has been restored after watching Avalanche Sharks. This movie was everything I hoped it would be and more This is the sequel to Sand Sharks (2011) and majority of the reviews I had read going into this compared the two. It makes sense as this movie was also directed by Scott Wheeler who worked on the visual effects in Sand Sharks; it stars Eric Scott Woods who played the Sheriff in Sand Sharks; and Woods even referenced Sand Sharks in the movie. While this is a sequel and do have a lot of connections, these sharks are spirits that were awakened when an avalanche destroyed the monument that was built to keep them away. With that description, along with the fact that the sharks have a luminescent glow, I would compare it less with Sand Sharks and more with Ghost Shark. No matter which movie you decide to compare it to, at the end of the day it is yet another entertaining movie by SyFy. It is everything I expected from a movie made for the popular channel. It is a solid story based on a completely unbelievable concept.
This movie covers all the guidelines. The story is 100% off the wall. The script was cheesy to begin with and was only made cheesier by the low budget acting. The deaths were ridiculously over the top CGI. And in case you're not sure where I am going with this, I loved it. SyFy, in my opinion, dominates the Creature Feature movies of today. These movies are not made to be serious, they will never be considered for an Oscar. But they are fun to watch. They are entertaining. I have always defined them as “so stupid they are awesome.” And over the years, they have gotten better and really perfected their style.
My favorite part about this movie, as well as the numerous other ones like it, is that it is original. In a film era where people would rather remake (and butcher) movies that worked in the past instead of coming out with an original idea, SyFy could care less. It may be stupid and cheesy, but it's a story you haven't seen before. And Avalanche Sharks lives up to the hype there. It makes no sense what-so-ever yet somehow, at the exact same time, makes perfect sense. From a man who is attacked repeatedly by sharks and cracking jokes while he's laying in a pool of blood, to a man who thinks love will save him so he professes his love to everyone and everything, including the sharks; there is nothing “normal” in this movie. And there doesn't need to be. It's not a movie that leaves you thinking or wondering. It throws everything it can at you in a little bit of time and than closes the deal and calls it a night.
This is an extremely entertaining movie to watch. And beings how we are winding down the end of Shark Week and getting ready for the final stretch before the anticipated release of Sharknado 3, as well as the numerous SyFy originals that will air leading up to Sharknado; I would strongly recommending adding this movie to the list of ones you should watch to gear up for the awesome summer that SyFy has in store.
reviewed by Bobby
reviewed by Bobby