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Old 08-16-2018, 07:16 AM
Location: Maine
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Premiered on SyFy last night. SyFY, as you know, is the TV home of bottom-barrel made-on-the-cheap movies. Some are so bad they're fun. Most are just bad.

But here's the weird thing: Santa Jaws isn't bad. It's never going to win any awards, and it is far from a shining example of Amercian TV cinema, but at least it isn't painfully evident that no one making this moving cared. You can tell they were at least trying to make a fun movie. They succeeded.

A decent review:


The best excerpt from that review:

I’m not really a big fan of the shark mashup movies that SyFy and The Asylum regularly pump out. A lot of them have a thin premise built off one joke that quickly dies out and they typically seem to be hastily made in order to just get another one out. A lot of these absurd movies could actually be fun if they were made with real effort in an attempt to be good. Most fail to do that. Fortunately, Santa Jaws ain’t most.

With Santa Jaws it feels like there was a genuine effort to make a good movie beyond the simple joke of, “wouldn’t it be funny of Santa Claus was a shark?” The film creates this world for Santa Jaws to exist and within that world there are specific rules that the film follows. This shark isn’t just a mindless killing machine that will eat anything and anyone. It’s attracted to Christmas and things associated with Christmas, meaning the only way it will even come swimming around is there is something Christmasy in the area luring it over. Cody and the gang use this to their advantage to wage a war with the shark and discover that while Christmas gives the shark its strength, Christmas can also be used to defeat it. You know, just like the popular saying, “Live by Christmas, die by Christmas.”
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:23 AM
Status: "Merry Christmas" (set 15 days ago)
Location: Western Colorado
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It's shark week on SyFy, I thought Santa Jaws was great.
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Old 08-16-2018, 05:58 PM
Location: Canada
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Haven't seen it (or heard of it). But I just took one look at a pic in the link of a shark fin with a Santa hat on it and burst out laughing.

You've piqued my curiosity. I'll have to see this one.
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:02 PM
Location: Philaburbia
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I loved it! It was good, clean fun.
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