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Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977)
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Two shark hunters flirt with an attractive British lady while hunting down a large tiger shark terrorizing the Mexican East coast.



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Two shark hunters flirt with an attractive British lady while hunting down a large tiger shark terrorizing the Mexican East coast.

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15 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Tintorera... Tiger Shark  »

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The underwater scenes showing the Tintorera are stock footage, and the shark is barely five feet long (although it is described as "the largest shark ever seen" at over seven feet long due to trick photography). See more »


Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 10 (2007) See more »


It's Too Late Now
Music and Lyrics by Doreen Chanter
Performed by the Chanter Sisters
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Laughable, a must for trash fans
24 November 2002 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Rene Cardona Jr's TINTORERA (1977) is one ridiculous JAWS ripoff made by this Mexican film maker who is also known (among many other films) as the director of jungle exploitation film TREASURE OF THE AMAZON (1985), a much better film.

TINTORERA stars Susan George and the film involves a bunch of people having a vacation on some paradise island in which there seems to be nothing but happiness and beautiness and not a trace of the outside world. Soon, however, after some 30 minutes of the film, finally the nasty shark starts to eat and kill people and also return the vacationers back on earth from their dream world. What really amazes me in this film is how long it takes for the shark to finally arrive because as far as I know, this was supposed to be another "shark film" that would appeal to the same audience than Spielberg's JAWS (1975) did.

The film has absolutely incredibly slow pace and it will be too much for most to watch without falling asleep. There is plenty of scenes depicting sharks being killed by people or each other and also the "sharks attacking human being" scenes are pretty dull and thus funny. There's plenty of naked skin and bodies and also some blood so the exploitation elements are there as they were in TREASURE, too. And exploitation TINTORERA is almost as much as it is trash. Very much, that is!

Still the Mexican locations and beaches are truly wonderful and very beautiful and by watching them it is much easier to sit the film through. Rarely has nature's beauty been captured this stunningly on trash film like this, so the film isn't completely without its merits. Otherwise I'd recommend this for fans of ultra low budget grade Z cinema only and of course for fans of the Cardonas. 3/10

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