Shark Encounters of the Third Kind (2020)

Back in 1957, evil aliens from the mind of Ed Wood initiated a plan to conquer the Earth with a fighting force created from the reanimated dead.

In 1970, Toho Studios brought us Yog – Monster from Space (aka Space Amoeba), a tale about Jupiter-based amoeba-like extraterrestrials who transform an octopus (well, its little cousin, a cuttlefish) into a giant kaiju to conquer the Earth.

In 1977, Ed Hunt — in conjunction with Hal Roach Studios — gave us bonkers underwater aliens sporting some nifty Gumby-space pajamas with Starship Invasions.

And in 2020, Mark Polonia — with a special effects assist from Brett Piper — brings us aliens who devise a plan to conquer the Earth with . . . sentient, telepathic sharks.

Yes, you heard me right. Jaws In Space. (All due respect to The Asylum and Syfy unleashing their “sharks in space” romp with 2015’s Sharknado 3: Oh, Hell No!, of course.) But please, don’t sue Polonia Studios, Mr. Spielberg. Mark is just trying to make a living doing what he loves: providing us with ’50s-cum-’60s retro-monster and sci-fi romps.*

Images from the one-sheets may not appear in the actual film.

As with any Polonia production — or Brett Piper, for that matter — the familiar cast of friends is here, with Titus and Natalie Himmelberger, Jennie Russo, Jeff Kirkendall, and Steve Diasparra starring in a $30,000 tale about hostile aliens crash landing in the ocean, using their telepathic abilities to control sharks and protect an ancient alien bounty down below.

Leading the charge against the aquatic-bound invasion is Kay Radtke (Jennie Russo), who just so happens to return to town to take over her late father’s alien abduction support group. Helping Kay are Sloan (Jeff Kirkendall from The Ghost of Camp Blood) and director Mark Polonia as two fisherman-turned-treasure hunters (the aka “Quint and “Hooper”), and Alan Cason (Titus Himmelberger, Outpost Earth) as the “Sheriff Brody” of the proceedings.

It’s all bought to you from the twisted pen of John Oak Dalton, who also brought you Mark Polonia’s Jurassic Prey, Amityville Death House, and Amityville Island** — and if you’ve seen Amityville Island, then you’ll recognize the CGI sharks from that film, here. (Waste not, want not!) My only complaint: Why didn’t you guys pull a “Yog” and bring in Pee Wee from Queen Crab to help the sharks take over the Earth?

But it’s not too late! Since the defeated aliens left us with intelligent sharks — that now warn “they hate us” and “they rule the oceans” — we wait for the Polonia-Piper rip of Planet of the Apes, only with sharks. And, considering they made two Apes rip offs — Empire of the Apes and Revolt of the Empire of the Apes . . . we wait with chum-bated breath . . . and hope Pee Wee shows up to turn us humans into a surf n’ turf platter-to-go.

You can find Mark Polonia’s 56th directing effort on all of the usual streaming platforms via Wild Eye Releasing. You can keep up to date with the latest from Wild Eye on You Tube and Facebook. And don’t forget to find Wild Eye’s library of films as free-with-ads streams on Tubi TV.

* You need more retro-romps? Then be sure to check out our “Drive-In Friday” homage to Brett Piper.

** Check out our full list of ALL of the Amityville films — including official sequels and sidequels, remakes and ripoffs — with our “Exploring: Amityville” featurette. If a film has a word after “Amityville” in the title, we’ve seen it.

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