Monsters: Season 1, Episode 9

Pool Sharks (17 Dec. 1988)

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A hustler plays a high-stakes game of pool with a lovely creature of the night.



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A hustler plays a high-stakes game of pool with a lovely creature of the night.

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Average Monsters episode.

Monsters: Pool Sharks is set in some backstreet watering hole of a bar where sexy babe Natasha (Rebecca Kyler Downs) is playing pool, then Gabe (Tom Mason) walks in & they have a few games together. They are both impressive pool players & the game is very tight when the stakes are suddenly raised, it turns out that Natasha is a blood drinking Vampire who prey's on men & had previously killed Gabe's brother. Gabe is now looking for revenge & the loser of the bet will have to pay the ultimate price, their very life...

Episode nine from season one of Monsters this originally aired in the US during December 1988, written & directed by Alan Kingsberg I didn't think Pool Sharks was one of the better episodes but it's not too bad & it's certainly better than The Legacy (1988) from earlier on in the season. The whole concept about a man seeking revenge on a Vampire isn't anything original but this is a nice twenty odd minute take on things as it's set entirely around a pool table in a bar. There isn't much to Pool Sharks really, Natasha & Gabe play pool while sussing each other out & finally revealing their ulterior motives to each other. There's not much of a twist here in this one, it tells it's story effectively enough but it's fairly straight forward stuff. The dialogue is quite snappy & it certainly passes the time harmlessly enough but it's a bit forgettable & rather unremarkable.

The one set used here look good & the production values are fine. I still don't understand how Gabe managed to make that last ball jump out of the pocket & it's never explained. It's fairly obvious the two leads can't play pool themselves & whenever there's a trick shot their face is always off screen so some professional pool player can make the shot for them. There's a bit of blood in this episode at the end but little in the way of horror or gore, this is more of a character piece than anything else. The acting is alright & Rebecca Downs makes for a sexy pool playing Vampire.

Pool Sharks is the second Monsters episode about Vampires after The Vampire Hunter (1988) which is the slightly better episode although Pool Sharks is still watchable enough, there's just not that much to it when all said & done.

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