There is no shortage of shark movies out there, especially since computer-generated graphics have become so cheap and easy. It used to be that to make a good shark movie you had to have a decent budget and rely on more practical effects to create terror. Now SyFy just has a shark with five heads pop out of the water and gobble up five people at once off of a boat. There was a shark renaissance in the late ’90s and early 2000s, but those movies are long forgotten in today’s constant content bombardment. I thought it would be fun to bring readers back and remind them about how terribly good these forgotten shark movies are.
What I both like and dislike about Red Water is that it doesn’t center solely around the shark in question. There is an entire backstory to the characters, and it gives all of them a reason to be on the water when there is a killer shark on the loose. My only problem is that they focus a little too much on the story and not enough on the killer shark.
The film has a few recognizable faces with Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Kristy Swanson and one-time heartthrob Lou Diamond Phillips in lead roles. Red Water even stars Gangster’s Paradise rapper Coolio complete with his crazy hairdo. The movie centers around a scientist (Swanson) and Fisherman (Phillips) who are on the Louisianna bayou to study the impact of oil drilling in the area. The serendipitously meet up with Coolio and his gang who are on the hunt for a lost treasure. Though the two groups are at odds, they quickly find that there is another foe lurking in the waters that doesn’t care which side you’re on.
This forgotten shark movie doesn’t have the best acting, and the graphics are questionable, but there are a lot of positive aspects of this film. It may be the best characterization of a bull shark that I have ever seen in a creature feature, and shark movies LOVE to exploit this unique shark’s ability to survive in fresh water. While it may exaggerate in some areas, at least the shark doesn’t growl.
I found this movie as I was going through my collection and I figured I should watch it again for old time’s sake. I’m glad I did because it reminded me that there are far worse creature features out there than this one. If you are looking for the most bang for your buck check out the water monsters four film collection below.