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12 Days of Terror (2004)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  August 2004 (USA)
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For 12 days in July, 1916, a shark patrolled the waterways of northern New Jersey. This docudrama is based on Richard Fernicola's account of those days. Other accounts of those 12 days led Peter Benchley to write _Jaws_.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Bartlett ...
Michael Schleisser
Dr. John Nichols
Roger Dwyer ...
Dr. Frederick Lucas
Mayor Perillo
Nigel Sweet ...
Paul Ditchfield ...
Commissioner Meel
Daniel Kriel ...
Lester Stillwell
Craig Geldenhuys ...
David Jeffery ...
Glen Biderman-Pam ...


July of 1916 was a time of record heat, a polio epidemic, and a World War in Europe. But beachgoers in New Jersey are threatened by a even greater terror: a shark that has suddenly developed a taste for human flesh. Starting July 1st and lasting over a period of 12 days, the unidentified shark kills four people and seriously injures a fifth before the attacks stop, and threatens New Jersey's thriving tourist industry. Based on true events, and one of the inspirations behind Peter Benchley's "Jaws". Written by AirraptorXRC

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for shark attacks | See all certifications »




Release Date:

August 2004 (USA)  »

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12 Dias de Terror  »

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The identity of the responsible shark has never been conclusively proven. While common legend states that a Great White is the sole shark responsible, some scientists think a bull shark might have been responsible for at least the four attacks in the creek; others believe a school of sharks may have been responsible. See more »


The end credits contain a few misspellings. For instance, the credit 'co-producer' is spelled 'co-producernas' and 'art director' is spelled 'art directorr' (these two examples are right next to each other). See more »


Dr. John Nichols: I'm a fishman.
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Better than it should be, but heavily flawed
28 April 2015 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

When a series of vicious animal attacks strikes surfers in his beach- front town, a lifeguard joins others intent on hunting down the predatory beast responsible that continually manages to escape capture and prey on the townspeople.

This here is an absolutely paltry and worthless horror effort that really has almost no business being called a horror film. The biggest issue with this one is that the majority of the film's running time is devoted to the different people around the town trying to understand why the beast is around and whether it should be considered an emergency big enough to actually get others involved despite the hero protesting, and rightly so, about what's going on to the oblivious folks in charge about the severity of the situation, especially after there's been several attacks. This is a consequence of the film's origin, trying to remain true to the real-life story so this one gives off a pretty boring feel during these parts and which turns out to drag the film along into endless loops of him running to everyone hoping to get a different answer to his requests which halts the plot pretty significantly. There's some decent stuff here, though, in the attacks which remain true to the original story in getting kids attacked by the creature so this one has several scenes of kids being attacked with effort made to show them interact with the shark prop and have a limb or body part shown in its mouth, as well as shots of their mutilated and gnawed bodily aftermath which is nicely commendable. However, even that is somewhat problematic with the attacks being edited in such a haphazard way as to make it impossible to determine what's going on and thus not getting any thrills out of it. Packaged together with a decidedly lame pace that even glosses over a possible plethora of action scenes with the town out hunting the creature which is instead given as a narrated montage that turns the scene more boring and dull than it really should've been, overall this is a really bland, banal shark horror.

Rated PG-13: Violence, some Language and numerous attacks on children.

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