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By Emily Booth, Tuesday 7th November 2017
There is something incredibly primal about our fear of sharks. Just one look at the Great White Shark's gargantuan mouth peppered with oversized teeth designed to tear you in half and you can feel the fear pervade your entire body. We have always known about this supreme killer of the seas, but it was not until 1975 when Jaws was released unto an unsuspecting audience that the 'hysteria' surrounding the Great White Shark was born. Jaws has come to represent a huge turning point in the film industry. It invented the 'summer blockbuster', it was one of the first films to use high concept marketing and merchandise, and it continues to be deconstructed globally in film schools for its multi-layered metaphors, ranging from 'Vagina Dentata' (yup, look it up!), masculinity in society, and even the atom bomb! It seems the simplicity of a gaping mouth with teeth in fact speaks volumes about our primal fears.
We just can't seem to shake our fear of and fascination with the shark, so, now that the history lesson's over, this brings me nicely to Horror Channel's frightfully killer Sharkmania Marathon on Sunday 12th November from 3pm! The movie event will feature six films back-to-back, ensuring your fear of swimming in the sea remains irrationally high. No need to thank us.
One of the most fun titles in this marathon is the Sharknado franchise, of which we'll be showing #4 and #5. Most of us know about the cult phenomenon of Sharknado; the Tara Reid-starring affair of high camp ridiculousness that knows no logic! Quite simply, back in 2013, a tornado infested with sharks devastated LA, and since then we've had the aptly titled Second One, Oh Hell No!, and The 4th Awakens; clearly this series revels in the send-up!
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming treats us to a postcard-perfect version of the world as the movie opens with the UK's national landmarks as the latest Sharknado devastates Blighty before the attack goes global. This series of films is firmly placed in the 'so bad its good' genre with direct references to action favourites James Bond and Indiana Jones. Expect the shark storm to hit the London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace; and that's just in the films epic 22-minute pre-credit sequence! It's always fun seeing iconic London in peril and this is high camp guilty pleasures at their toothy best. Look out for cameos from An American Werewolf in London's David Naughton, Olivia Newton John, and Katie Price to name a few.
Brace yourself and bare your teeth for Horror Channel's Sharkmania Marathon with: Planet Of The Sharks, Super Shark, Ice Sharks, Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens, Sharknado 5: Global Swarming and The Reef on Sunday November 12th from 3pm.
Related show tags: ICE SHARKS, PLANET OF THE SHARKS, SHARKNADO 4: THE 4TH AWAKENS, SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING, SUPER SHARK, THE REEF MORE ARTICLES Cat in the Brain - Blur-ray review
Posted in Reviews, Friday 23rd February 2018
Cat in the Brain
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Posted in News, Thursday 22nd February 2018
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Posted in News, Tuesday 20th February 2018
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Posted in Reviews, Sunday 18th February 2018
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Posted in News, Thursday 15th February 2018
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Posted in News, Thursday 15th February 2018
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Posted in News, Tuesday 13th February 2018
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Posted in News, Monday 12th February 2018
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Posted in News, Sunday 11th February 2018
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