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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.

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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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Beautiful maidens in a Lush Tropical Paradise ruled by a Hideous Stone God! See more »

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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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Roger Corman said the original title was simply "Shark Reef" but A.I.P. expanded it to "She Gods of Shark Reef" even though no one knew just who or what the "She Gods" were. See more »

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In the room when the woman is laying on the bed. The blond guy stands up quickly and the boom mic is slow to go up. See more »

Quotes

Chris, alias Christy Johnston: I thought I saw something *just* inside the reef.
Queen Pua: That is home of shark god Tangaroa. That place taboo. Shark god angry long time now. Bring many bad storms, much bad fortune.
Chris, alias Christy Johnston: Well he certainly didn't bring *us* any luck. Is there anything we can do to get him in a better humor?
Queen Pua: Tangaroa... angry.
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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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