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She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)

Approved | | Adventure | August 1958 (USA)
Two brothers, one wanted for murder, are shipwrecked on an island inhabited by nubile young women who have amassed a valuable cache of pearls.

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Two men escaping the police by ship are blown off course by a typhoon and shipwrecked on an uncharted island populated by women who make a living diving for pearls. What the men don't know is that the women are also part of a shark cult that sacrifices young virgins to the sharks in the surrounding ocean in order to appease the shark gods. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Roger Corman said the original title was simply "Shark Reef" but A.I.P. expanded it to "She Gods of Shark Reef" even though no one knew just who or what the "She Gods" were. See more »

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Although the island is supposedly inhabited by only a small group of sarong-clad women with primitive watercraft, an early scene of an outrigger canoe in the bay shows many power-driven motorboats speeding along in the background near the horizon. See more »

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Mahia: [upon learning that Jim has stolen the pearls] Nobody try to stop you?
Jim, alias Lee Johnston: Nobody.
Chris, alias Christy Johnston: Nobody?
Jim, alias Lee Johnston: [to Chris] What are you trying to do, cross-examine me?
Mahia: But there is always somebody guarding storehouse. You did not see her?
Chris, alias Christy Johnston: All right I saw her.
Chris, alias Christy Johnston: And she didn't try to stop you?
Jim, alias Lee Johnston: She won't be stopping anybody for a long time...
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Nearer My Love to You
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Or Perhaps "Shark Gods of She Reef" Instead?
6 April 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I personally found this movie to be quite watchable compared to many others, especially useful as a late night movie, and I really do not see it as a bad movie at all with regard to either the acting or the way it was filmed, even regardless of some of the ludicrous concepts.

You probably are familiar with the plot; two men, one "good", one "bad", end up on an island with exotic women and try to both kill each other and save one another at least once each.

I don't understand the title, though, as there are NO "she gods" (whatever happened to "goddess", anyway?), only unseen "shark gods" (represented by an ugly idol) and an island full of women who collect (and protect) pearls for "The Company" (which we never learn much about or actually see, even though it is implied we will see them).

One important thing that I learned from this movie is that it is okay to throw young girls into the ocean for the sharks to eat, as long as you report any suspicious strangers to the local police on the next island over! Weird! We are also supposed to believe that this "queen" (who oversees the sacrifices made to the shark gods) somehow is able to tell if anyone is correctly reading her maritime signal flag messages just by glancing into the horizon when you can't even see any other island!

I'm also wondering how both Lee and Pua easily swam all the way back to the island with no trouble at all in those shark-infested waters!

Anyway, the parts just prior to the ending were somewhat confusing and there ARE a couple of other incredibly dumb scenes. For example, the part where Queen Pua brags about having saved and taken care of Mahia, when she was the one who had thrown her to the sharks! She even cries about her sailing off away from her! Weird!

The color on my DVD copy was fairly bad; the ocean kept changing between purples, greens, pinks, and blues, but the overall style and filming is somewhat attractive.

5/10. Not bad, not great. Again, it's fine for a late night watch before finally falling asleep.


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