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Arrow Video FrightFest 2020: Sky Sharks review

Flying sharks and Nazi zombies? This has gotta be fun right?

A team of geologists discover a Nazi warship in the Arctic and in it find machines of destruction that could be used to destroy civilisation. Dr. Klaus Richter (Thomas Morris) was involved in creating rocket powered sharks and genetically mutated undead pilots, and he’s the only person that can save humanity and stop them. With the help of his daughters Angelique (Barbara Nedeljakova) and Diabla (Eva Habermann), Dr. Richter sets about to right his past wrongs.

Sky Sharks is a very hard film to review with any degree of seriousness. The very nature of the film is ridiculous and it’s supposed to be a thrill ride rather than a genuinely incredible piece of art. From the bloody opening, which establishes the film’s penchant for hyper-stylised effects rather than anything that resembles realistic, through to the bonkers climax, you’ll have a hard time understanding what the hell is going on.

Sky Sharks
Credit: Raven Banner

The performances are universally awful, even the usually reliable horror icon Tony Todd, but that’s not what this film is about. Those who go to see Sky Sharks want to see ridiculous over-the-top action and gratuitous violence and nudity. If those are your reasons for wanting to see it, then you won’t be disappointed. Around the obvious set-pieces, which sadly doesn’t include all that much in the way of the titular Sky Sharks, the film-makers have attempted to put a story in the mix but it’s incoherent and bogged down with heavy exposition in the way of flashbacks.

The film’s best asset is how it looks. The budget is clearly not what the film needed but the film-makers have done their best to give the film a stylised look-and-feel that kind of works. The green screen is still obvious and the sharks look like poor CGI at times, but somehow it does actually work. The sheer gusto of the set-piece scenes has to be applauded too as they do serve up plenty of (CGI) blood and a heck of a lot of head slicing.

Sky Sharks
Credit: Raven Banner

Sky Sharks isn’t supposed to be a good film. It’s like Sharknado with a Nazi zombie twist that was made for horny teen boys that think boobs and gore are cool. I admit I did find the film entertaining, but it wasn’t a good film. I’m never going to be desperate to see it again but it did amuse me for 102 minutes. If you go in with low expectations, you’ll probably enjoy Sky Sharks much more than you;’ll expect to.

Cast: Thomas Morris, Barbara Nedeljakova, Eva Habermann, Tony Todd, Lyn Lowry, Mick Garris Director: Marc Fehse Writers: Carsten Fehse, Marc Fehse, A.D. Morel Certificate: 18 Duration: 102 mins Released by: Raven Banner

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