Film Review: Shark Exorcist

Shark ExorcistShark Exorcist is a 110 minute film released in 2015 and written / directed by Donald Farmer, who also produced such classics as Bigfoot Exorcist, Cannibal Hookers, Cannibal Cop, Chainsaw Cheerleaders and the real-life documentary Fall from Grace: OJ’s Last Run. It stars Angela and Bobby Kerecz as well as Channing Dobson and Madison Carney.

The film opens with a nun (creatively named Linda Blair) walking through a cemetery among a news account voiceover of a nun being accused of murdering 13 boys and girls. The nun arrives at the coast of a lake where she rejects God and prays to Satan. While there, she is confronted by a woman who the nun then murders and rolls into the water. This summons the great undead shark with glowing eyes that then roams the waters.

Meanwhile, three friends, Ally, Lauren, and Emily decide to take a trip to the lake at Paris Landing, TN. As Ally goes out into the water, she is attacked by a shark but rescued by friends with only a small bite mark on her leg. Later, Ally is miraculously healed. But things are not entirely right with Ally. Weeks later, she hitch-hikes with an unsuspecting traveler back to the lake and entices him into the water, where he is devoured by the possessed shark.

The shark attacks are interrupted at several points with fake TV/reality show camera crews reporting on the strange goings-on in the little town of Paris Landing.

As the attacks at the lake continue, a priest receives a letter and sets out to Paris Landing to investigate the killings. Later, as Ally stalks her latest prey, she is revealed to have shark teeth and attacks another couple at a carnival. The priest elicits Emily’s help to subdue Ally and tie her up in order to perform an exorcism. The priest then tells Emily, “We’re going to need a bigger cross.” He offers himself to Satan for Ally’s soul and as he kisses Ally, the demonic entity is transferred to the priest, who then bites Emily, starting everything over again.

Within the first few minutes of the film, it is apparent this is an extremely low-budget movie. The actors are sub-par and outright embarrassing at times. The lead character of Ally, played by Angela Kerecz is the most painful, with Ms. Kerecz’s credits consisting mainly of “uncredited” roles on various TV shows (aka – an extra) and a barrage of other low-budget features. The sound design, at all, is painful and sounds like purchased royalty-free music and oftentimes drowns out the dialogue. On second thought, that might be a plus.

The possessed shark is always on a neutral blue background that seems like it was intended to be keyed out (background replaced) but instead the filmmakers used it as-is and is not very menacing. It basically swims a little, turns, swims a little and its eyes glow.

Don’t get me wrong – a lot of these low-budget shark movies can be a lot of fun. But at a reported budget of $300,000 it makes you wonder where the money went. I certainly hope this film didn’t get a lot of local tax credits from the state of Tennessee to fund this embarrassment.

You can watch Shark Exorcist for free on TubiTV or you can purchase it on Amazon Prime Video. I recommend the free option.

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