66 All-Japanese Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by Japan. How many have you seen?

Shark Night 3D

A weekend at a lake house turns into a nightmare for a group of vacationers, victims of shark attacks.
So Bad It's Good
Horror for Beginners
Creature Feature

 

United States
2011
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Festivity: 
Shark Week
Character Focus: 
Animal Film
Animals: 
Shark
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Explosion
5.04
The night of your life!
5.04
3.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
2
Ambiance
Plot
Effects
Some shark movies are dead serious. Some are slapstick comedies. Shark Night 3D falls somewhere in-between. It’s relaxed, it’s fun, it’s campy and it’s cool. The sharks look reasonably real. The deaths look painful. The cast is energetic. The protagonists are people we’d love to hang out with. Sara Paxton is not wearing much and is incredibly hot. She overshadows everyone except the sharks.
The first act is so lighthearted and innocent that we tend to forget things are about to take a rough turn. This being a slasher, the writers need to find reasons for the protagonists to go back in the water and they can be pretty convincing. The sharks sure aren’t going to start walking. At some point, though, the excuses run thin. Nobody said this movie was for intellectuals, so we roll with it.
The sporadic attempts at drama are cute, but futile. The hillbilly subplot gets out of hand and complicates the story without adding anything valuable, let alone plausible. That second act sure brings the movie down, but it is interesting nonetheless. The thing is, with sharks this voracious, we don’t need rapists and crazy hillbillies. All in all, Shark Night is disjointed but entertaining
Alternate Titles: 
Shark Night
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