Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Phil's Hallowen Horror Watch: HOUSE SHARK (2017) from SRS Cinema - October 2, 2018

Starring Trey Harrison, Michael Merchant, Wes Reid, Wayne W. Johnson, Melissa LaMartina, Nathan Bonk, Jennie Russo
Written by Ron Bonk
Cinematography by Ron Bonk
Edited by Ron Bonk
Produced by Ron Bonk, Jonathan Straiton, Howard Gromero, Tim Ritter
Directed by Ron Bonk
Production by SRS Cinema and Duke Films
Released by SRS Cinema

Welcome to another installment of Phil's Halloween Horror Watch! For this edition, I watched the latest project from the legendary Ron Bonk. If you are not familiar with his name, you should! Bonk has been making low budget films for over twenty years, directing films like CITY OF THE VAMPIRES (1993) and THE VICIOUS SWEET (1997), MS. CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (2012), and EMPIRE STATE OF THE DEAD (2016). One of the pioneers of the Shot-On-Video movement (or S.O.V. has it's affectionately called), he has also written and produced a slew of other titles for other filmmakers. He's also the brain and the brawn behind SRS Cinema, releasing a number of horror, sci-fi, cult, and SOV titles. Today, I had the pleasure of watching his latest creation known as HOUSE SHARK, and as he puts it, "It's JAWS in a house!"

The film's official synopsis: Just when you thought it was safe to go home! When Frank (Trey Harrison) finds his happy home under attack by a dangerous but largely unknown breed of shark, he's enlists the aid of the world's only "House Shark" Expert, Zachary (Michael Merchant), and a grizzled former real estate agent, Abraham (Wes Reid), to embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast and claim back his life.

Bonk plants his tongue firmly in cheek as the film's title alone should indicate you that your suspension of disbelief will be used. And holy shit was this film freaking awesome! He and his crew had a damn good time making this movie and it shows! Containing over-the-top acting, not-so special effects, blood and guts, and a house shark, the film delivers the goods in spades!

Film's Promotional Poster (2017)
Our three leads are terrific in their respective roles. Trey Harrison is the everyday man, who just happens to have a shark in his house that keeps eating people. He plays Frank with sheer fun and . Michael Merchant's Zachary is the scientist with a funny accent who plays off Harrison so well that I just laughed every time he said something. But for me, the Oscar goes to Wes Reid for his portrayl of the drunken insane hero Abraham, who's a cross of Ahab from MOBY DICK and Robert Shaw 's Quint from JAWS (which was perfect for this film). Together, these three actors ham it up for the camera and it's just awesome! They have such amazing on-screen chemistry that I'm surprised that they haven't been teamed up before! I hope they will be starring in another film together soon!

I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the the genius of Ron Bonk. This man directed the hell out of the movie! Combining traditional framing with Grindhouse style compositions, the film feels almost like a throwback to those classic B-movies I used to watch on USA Up All Night back in the 90's. He keeps the story moving with gore, laughter, blood, and the importance of family and friendships made along the way.

Now I purchased the special two-disc limited slipcover edition Blu-Ray that was also signed by the cast and crew. In this edition, there's a plethora of special features, including three separate commentaries,  bloopers, deleted scenes, Skype sessions, the film's trailers, slide show, and trailers for other SRS films. There's also a DVD that's available as well, plus shirts, shoes, pillows and other memorabilia from the film!

HOUSE SHARK is a modern day cult classic that will make you stand up and cheer!! It's a film that doesn't take itself seriously at all and knows what's its purpose is: to entertain audiences everywhere with its absurd humor and hilarious originality!! This is a future midnight movie for sure!! So make sure you watch this movie during this Halloween season!! 4 1/2 out of 5 stars!! Highly recommended!!

HOUSE SHARK is available in a special collector's edition Blu-Ray and DVD. To purchase a copy for yourself and other memorabilia, please visit their website at srscinemastore.com.

Thanks for watching, and enjoy the horror!

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