In 1974 when Peter Benchley’s novel Jaws was released it made a huge splash, the hardback edition actually stayed on the bestseller list for 44 weeks. That popularity exploded of course when it was released to paperback although critics of the time seemed to have plenty of beef with Benchley’s writing style.
Then in 1975 Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation arrived on June 20th and took it’s 9 million dollar budget and amassed 470 million in it’s theatrical run. That isn’t including all of the money made from things like t-shirts, posters, and one of the greatest children’s games of all time.
Spielberg’s movie had a lasting impression on me as I still refuse to go into the ocean…the few times I’ve been near it on vacation. I figure as long as I’m not attacked on land by sharks they are more than welcome to have free reign in the other 71% of the Earth. But now this gentleman’s agreement seems to be threatened as our friends from Scream Factory are unleashing…
SHARKANSAS WOMEN’S PRISON MASSACRE!
Jim Wynorski of Chopping Mall and Beastmaster II fame began this film in 2013 as a Kickstarter. The story for this VERY intentional B-Movie concerns a collection of female prisoners that are tasked to wade out in the swampy forests as part of a work detail crew in the Arkansas bayou. Which I guess means they are working somewhere in the stretch of Bayou Bartholomew which is 359 miles long and even flows into Lousinana. Living in Northwest Arkansas my entire life I find these kind of facts interesting…the film was shot in Florida by the way.
Anyway. This motley group of miscreants are played by the likes of Amy Holt (2014’s Here She Is), Christine Nyguen (The Devil Wears Prada), Tabitha Marie (This film is her first role), Cindy Lucas (Shark Babes), and Skye McDonald (The Bet). These prisoners can’t be faulted for not wanting to do all of this work in their tight t-shirts and shorts and decide to break free when the prison truck they are in is ambushed, thanks to Dominique Swain (Lolita). The real problem with this escape plan is that thanks to a local fracking operation accident…the Earth’s crust is broken through exposing an underground grotto releasing prehistoric sharks into the Arkansas bayou!
Hot on the heels of our escaped prisoners is Detective Kendra Patterson (Played by Traci Lords) and her partner Detective Adam Levine (Corey Landis). Once the prehistoric monsters start picking off people the survivors have to put aside their differences in an effort to survive the attacks of the sharks when they hole up in a deserted cabin. I totally forgot to mention that not only can these beasts traverse the bayou but they are strong enough to burrow through the ground making them…Land Sharks to boot!
Being a Scream Factory release as always you can expect there to be tasty special features which in this case includes:
Audio Commentary With Director Jim Wynorski And Actresses Cindy Lucas And Amy Holt
The Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD tomorrow but you can still pre-order your copy on the Official Site!