Presented by James M. Tate / 2/18/2017 / No comments / cornel wilde , exploitation , hostage , neo noir , seventies , thriller , treasure , yaphet kotto
YAPHET KOTTO & DIRECTOR CORNEL WILDE IN SHARKS' TREASURE
|Year Released: 1975|
|Pulpy Big Box VHS Cover|
|Exploitation style poster art & tagline|
With a slash of their tails and a quick bunt of the nose, they guard "their" treasure while the men, hard to discern underwater where characterization means little compared to the sport of "sharking," turn into harpoon wielding hunters, doing what some viewers may find cruel and pointless when it's really just plain necessary. Especially dark and morbid is gothic row of dead sharks hooked from ropes, hanging in a sort of underwater gallows from the floaty balloons above. So, overall, this forgotten lost TREASURE is a decent yarn despite suffering through many overlong scenes to get to the proverbial gold. Unlike Steven Spielberg's request to never show land, during this Third Act, while the boys are hand-tied and threatened, stretches of land are visible so we don't really feel completely out there like in JAWS. Once a bizarre sadistic fight occurs between the head baddie and his abused boytoy, things get so bizarre it's up to the film's writer/director, Wilde himself, to make things watchable again, bringing back the lean energy from his Film Noir days, remaining cool and calm while playing the long game, getting inside the head of the only vulnerable convict. The man's acting peaks during these 11th hour moments.
|Back of the big box VHS of SHARKS' TREASURE|