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Jim Wynorski
Dominique Swain, Cindy Lucas, Christine Nguyen, Corey Landis, John Callahan, Amy Holt, Tracy Lords
Writing Credits:
Jim Wynorski and William Dever

When a fracking environmental accident rips apart the earth's crust, the resulting hole lets out prehistoric sharks from underground. The sharks target a group of women and trap them in a cabin.

Rated NR

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
English DTS-HD MA 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 83 min.
Price: $19.97
Release Date: 5/3/2016

• Audio Commentary with Director Jim Wynorski and Actors Cindy Lucas and Amy Holt
• Photo Gallery
• Trailer


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Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre [Blu-Ray] (2016)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (April 25, 2016)

In the annals of ridiculous movie titles, Sharkansas Womenís Prison Massacre probably isnít the silliest, but itís gotta be up there. Set in Arkansas, explosions caused as part of a fracking expedition come with an unexpected result. These blasts open a hole all the way through the earthís crust and reach an unknown subterranean sea.

When this happens, enormous prehistoric sharks zip their way to the planetís surface and seek food. The most convenient snacks? The sexy bad girls who inhabit the local womenís prison. We follow the ladiesí attempts to survive and avoid these super-predators.

Going into a cheap direct-to-video flick like Massacre, I donít expect something on a par with Jaws. Heck, I donít even anticipate anything as good as Jaws 2 or Deep Blue Sea. As long as an effort like this gives us some campy fun, thatís good enough for me.

Alas, no amusement or entertainment materializes in this dreadful film. How could a movie called Sharkansas Womenís Prison Massacre be so damned dull? Any flick that prominently features a) killer fish and b) hot babes in tight clothes should have to be entertaining. Unfortunately, the truth falls elsewhere, as this stinker never remotely manages to intrigue.

Thatís really its greatest crime. I wonít bother to criticize all the pieceís shortcomings as a movie, as it has many, many cinematic flaws. We find poor acting, leaden dialogue, cheap effects, choppy editing and sloppy camerawork - basically every problem you can imagine manifests itself here. Thereís barely a competent moment on display.

But thatíd be okay if the stupid film was fun. At least something like Jaws: The Revenge entertains us as a howler. Massacre canít even give us that.

The movie takes so ridiculously long to get to the mayhem that we simply donít care when it arrives. A few shark-attacks pop up in the earlier segments, but these lack excitement, partly because the budget doesnít allow for on-screen mayhem. We tend to see the poorly rendered aftermath of the violence and not much else, a factor that robs the film of much potential drama.

For reasons unknown, the plot indulges in the pointless escapades of local cops, and those moments offer no moments of interest. These scenes feel like theyíre from a different movie and they seem to exist to pad the skimpy running time.

Honestly, I doubt anyone involved with this dud bothered to expend much brain matter on anything other than the wacky title. Massacre commits the worst sin I can conjure for a B-movie like this: itís boring. I canít find any redeeming qualities in this snoozefest.

The Blu-ray Grades: Picture B-/ Audio B-/ Bonus C+

Sharkansas Womenís Prison Massacre appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. An inexpensive effort, the movie looked good but not great.

Overall definition seemed positive, though exceptions occurred. Occasional shots came across as a bit on the soft and tentative side. Still, most of the movie seemed fairly concise. I saw no jaggies or moirť effects, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also failed to appear.

Colors tended toward a brown/amber feel. The hues could be a little on the heavy side and lacked much vivacity, but they were usually acceptable. Blacks seemed fairly dark, and low-light shots offered reasonable clarity. Nothing here excelled, but the visuals seemed adequate.

I felt the same about the inconsistent DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Massacre. While the mix offered a fairly active affair, it didnít offer the best-integrated track Iíve heard.

This meant that material cropped up from all around the room on a frequent basis but the audio lacked consistent specificity. Stereo spread was lackluster, and effects didnít demonstrate great localization. Some parts fared pretty well, but the movieís low budget roots betrayed it via this spotty soundscape.

Audio quality was fine. Music sounded fairly peppy and full, while effects showed nice clarity and range. Speech appeared natural and distinctive. This became an erratic but acceptable soundtrack.

Among the setís extras, we get an audio commentary from director Jim Wynorski and actors Cindy Lucas and Amy Holt. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific look at cast and performances, locations and shooting conditions, and related topics.

At one point, Wynorski notes that he and the ladies arenít providing a very informative commentary Ė and heís right. We donít learn a ton of specifics about the filmís creation from this track.

Even so, the participants create a frothy energy that allows the chat to entertain. They also give us some anecdotes about the challenges of super-low-budget filmmaking that add some useful material. Donít expect a lot of value from the track, but it turns into a decent listen.

In addition to the filmís trailer, we find a photo gallery. This running reel goes for three minutes, 58 seconds and offers 51 images. These include a few production sketches but mostly show publicity shots from the set. Itís a mediocre compilation.

No one anticipates greatness from a campy cheesefest like Sharkansas Womenís Prison Massacre, but this tedious dud canít even live up to my modest expectations. The film fails to deliver any fun or thrills at all. The Blu-ray brings us decent picture and audio as well as a moderately interesting commentary. Maybe someone will find some entertainment value from Massacre, but I canít.

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