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12 Days of Terror (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | TV Movie August 2004
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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.



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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 beach-goers 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. Written by Fyre EmberBorn

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

12 Dias de Terror  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Michael Schleisser: Aren't you interested in beach bathing?
Murphy: Sounds mighty dangerous to me. Are you aware of the fact they've had shark attacks here?
Michael Schleisser: Now you're getting the idea.
Murphy: What? No, no, no - no, no, no, no!
[Murphy starts to walk away in protest]
Michael Schleisser: Murphy! Come on, I'll buy you a beer.
Murphy: [Smirking] All right.
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12 Days of Terror and Truth
30 January 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie first caught my attention while looking at Amazon.ca. I saw the trailer for it and immediately went on a search for it. Finding it, I bought it to satisfy my curiosity about the story of 1916.

The story is a really vivid one and truthful. Colin Egglesfield does a wonderful job as Alex Ott, and he has a wonderful supportive cast behind him.

Being based on a true event during 1916, you might expect the acting to be a bit blasé, but the cast really pulls this movie off in an unexpected way. I believe this to be one of the most realistic movies about sharks out there today.

It puts Jaws and its sequels to shame as well as many other shark movies out there. Jaws was scary for its time, but this being based on a true story makes it even more terrifying yet.

I enjoy the story of the events but I also love where it was filmed and the scenery. Its so beautiful as a backdrop and it really does this movie a whole lot of good.

I can't imagine having been living when this had happened, not knowing what on earth was eating these swimmers. The turn of events is real enough and makes me not want to go into the ocean any time soon.

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