Sky Sharks (2021)

“Hey, I can’t stop you from watching shark movies any more than I can stop myself.”
— Sam Panico, in his review Great White (2021), the latest in a long line of “shark” movies.

We can’t help ourselves.

Yes. The rumors are true: B&S About Movies will watch any streaming offering with a shark in it, as it is our quest — as with Ouija Boards and Amityville prefixers (and all of the “House/La Casa” and “Demons” sequels) — to watch them all. That shallow water quest began with our “Ten Jaws Ripoffs” feature back in 2018 that capped off our “Bastard Sons of Jaws” week of reviews . . . and the obsession continues with our recent, 2021 catch-up catch bin “Shark Weak” event.

The original “sky sharks” of ’80s rock yore.

Produced in Germany for the Eurasian marketplace for $5 million euros (roughly $5.7 in U.S. dollars), in terms of the recent rash of selachimorpha romps, Sky Sharks is, well . . . better than the rest of the 2020 and 2021 offerings, such as Amityville Island, Jurassic Shark 2: Aquapocalypse, Ouija Shark, Sharks of the Corn, and Sharks Encounters of the Third Kind.

Yes. We’ll even endure Brooke Hogan for our fix of sharks swimming through sand.

Sure, those celluloid chummers had their own, unique entertaining charms. However, this live-action, feature film debut (his first was the 2011 graphic-comic book feature Sex, Dogz, and Rock n Roll; there’s a very nice “file footage” graphic-animation sequence in Sky Sharks, as well) by writer-director Marc Fehse is an instantly engaging, can’t-stop-watching ride (that I’d watch even if not assigned to review it). It joyfully reminds of the equally absurd, Finland-made Iron Sky (2012) colliding with the Norwegian-made Dead Snow (2009) — with a pinch of Chad Ferrin’s uber-fun meshing of the demon possession and airline disaster genres with Exorcism at 60,000 Feet (in Sky Shark’s bonkers-stellar opening set piece).

True to the title, Sky Sharks wastes no time in unleashing (IMO, well-made) over-the-top graphic kills (CGI) as a Wehrmacht of artillery-packed flying sharks manned by Nazi zombies attack a Vancouver-departed flight over Iceland: the latest in a rash of “unexplainable” air crashes.

Yes. The above sentence is real. I typed it.

So, who’s behind this aerial shark mayhem? Richter Technologies via the U.S. Department of the Army’s Department of Investigation of Ancient War Engine. It seems the past — the crew of a long-lost, Antarctica ice-stranded experimental German U-Boat dabbling in “dynamic aquatics” — of Dr. Klaus Richter (Austrian actor Thomas Morris; known to U.S. audiences for Schinder’s List and the Tom Hanks-starring Angels & Demons) has returned to bring the 4th Reich to power. Attacks on New York and London await in the wings . . . or is that fins?

As with any ex-Nazi scientist pushing 100 and keeping young via injections: it wasn’t meant to be this way. It was Dr. Richter’s scientific innovations that made America the world’s foremost superpower to achieve world peace. His work also resulted in the creation of “Project Himmelsfaust.” Based in the development of the K7B youth serum: Old Nazi men never die: they turn into “super soldiers” for the Motherland. Meanwhile, due to its side effects: human females transform into an impervious zombie force — and they’re curvy and stacked.

Yeah, Sky Sharks is awesome: we’ve got air-breathing sharks armed with missile complements under their pectoral fins, hot zombie chicks with blades for hands . . . oh, just watch this movie! Keep your eyes open for the familiar U.S. TV and indie-film faces of Amanda Bearse, Robert LaSardo, Lar Park-Lincoln, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and the incomparable Tony Todd.

Screening on the overseas festival circuit since 2017 and making its U.S. streaming debut in late 2020 on Amazon, Sky Sharks made its bow this month as a free-with-ads stream on Tubi. For another ad-free experience, it’s now available as a VOD on You Tube Movies. The U.S. issued, MPI Home Video DVDs and Blus (2021) are available at all brick and mortar and online retailers, such as Amazon, Walmart, and Target. Also be sure to sample the trailer for Marc Fehse’s Sex, Dogz and Rock n Roll, on You Tube.

As for you, Sam: I told you I’d fin-up to the greens and raise your Great White. Place your bet, Big Hoss. Toss the chum bucket on the table. I dare you. A “Double Dog,” Farkus.

About the Author: You can learn more about the writings of R.D Francis on Facebook. He also writes for B&S About Movies.

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