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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.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Robert Hill (screenplay), Victor Stoloff (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bill Cord ... Christy 'Chris' Johnston
Don Durant ... Lee Johnston
Lisa Montell ... Mahia
Jeanne Gerson Jeanne Gerson ... Queen Pua
Carol Lindsay Carol Lindsay ... Hula Dancer
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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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Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shark Reef See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)
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Trivia

When Roger Corman needed to travel to shoot a film on location, he would put together a second feature that could be shot at the same location. This film was shot on the same location as Naked Paradise (1957). American International put this on the shelf for a year and a half before using it as part of one of their pre-packaged double features with Night of the Blood Beast (1958). 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 »

Quotes

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
Written by Jack Lawrence and Frances Hall
Sung by Sylvia Syms
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Woeful
27 October 2004 | by FranklinTVSee all my reviews

It seemed (I thought) to be such a noble goal. To review all the movies on the Treeline Films DVD compilation '50 SciFi Classics'. And after 'The Incredible Petrified World', 'Queen of the Amazons' and 'Robot Monster'; to this bad film aficionado, it would also be most enjoyable.

But then came 'She Gods of Shark Reef'.

One can only imagine the good people at Treeline discovered the day before it released '50 SciFi Classics' that their collection only contained 49 films. So, in their need to find a filler fast, we end up with this non-SciFi film that was seemingly videotaped off a TV station whose reception you can only get by plugging the aerial into the toaster. Except, such a movie would never be played by one of those TV stations, due to its fear of losing an audience.

Even the Treeline plot summary on the DVD sleeve gives you the tell tale sign that your in for a painful experience, as the best thing they can say at the beginning is 'Filmed in Hawaii'; which to my surprise, turned out to be a colour production process that seemingly gives this film a maximum of only 3 colour tones at any one time.

I will not give you a plot synopsis as I strongly recommend you don't watch this film. It manages to find that special 'woeful' niche, where it's not bad enough to be enjoyable, yet hardly good enough to be watchable.

However, I know that no matter how appalling it is, lessons can be drawn from a movie. The three lessons I learned from this film were:

(1) its OK to hit a woman, provided she is fat and ugly

(2) no matter how you film it, a dead shark looks very obviously like a dead shark, even if you push it to the intended shark attack victim, or drag it in the water to give the impression that its swimming

(3) if there was an award for 'Smallest Killer Shark in Film', the poor little dead creature used here would win (and by more than a fin). In fact, if it were any smaller, it could easily be mistaken for krill.

I have sacrificed myself to the She Gods so that you may forego the pain. I recommend that you take the opportunity instead to turn off the TV and go outside for a pleasant 70 minute walk and talk with a friend or loved one. The type of thing people probably did before the invention of film.


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