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CRUEL JAWS

Director: Bruno Mattei

ITALY-U.S.A.| 1995. COLOUR. DIGITAL VIDEO. 93 MIN.


Bruno Mattei, also known as ‘William Snyder’ and ‘Vincent Dawn’, is the auteur responsible for such lovable cinematic atrocities as Rats: Night of Terror (a giant-rats-takeover- the-world epic) and Hell of the Living Dead (cross-dressers versus zombies). Cruel Jaws is his uniquely inept take on the giant shark attack movie. A tiger shark bred by the US Navy as a killing machine is wrecking havoc in the sleepy tourist town of Hampton Bay. Not having huge resources, Bruno borrows footage from virtually all the legitimate Jaws movies and steals even more liberally from Enzo Castellari’s The Last Shark, the source of almost all the action scenes involving sharks, helicopters and boat races. Around this ‘found’ footage, Bruno spins a ludicrous tale involving a dubious real estate agent and mafia operatives who take on the big fish. So brazen is Mattei that he even has one of his characters utter the line ‘We’re going to need a bigger helicopter!’

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