Spoiler-Free Review of “The Reef: Stalked” on Shudder: A Shark Addicted to Paddling

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“All we can do is paddle…”

The Reef: Stalked released on Shudder on July 29th 2022. The survival horror film stars Teressa Liane, Saskia Archer, Ann Truong, and Kate Lister. It runs for approximately an hour and thirty minutes.

A group of friends head out on kayaks for a relaxing day of diving and fun, but wind up stalked by a great white shark instead.

Here is the trailer:

The Reef: Stalked gives kayaks a whirl for our toothy friend, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Some intense moments!

Some of the jump scares were a little much, but there were some really intense moments during this film when the shark was stalking these characters. I was on the edge of my seat and was genuinely terrified. The Reef is one of my favorite shark movies so I had very high hopes for this and I think it did deliver some nail-biting moments for sure.

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Pretty scenery and a different approach.

I’m not sure where this one was shot, but I thought the scenery was absolutely beautiful. When the characters initially set out on their kayaks, I was thoroughly enjoying the views under and over the water. 

I’ve seen close to every shark movie ever made and the formula has become very predictable, but still enjoyable. That being said, I thought that this film took a different approach with how these characters were ultimately going to stay alive while the shark was stalking them. It broke the formula a little bit, which was a plus for me.

The Cons:

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Repetitive flashbacks and some crazy bad acting…

Our main character went through a trauma that is explained during the film. She repeatedly gets flashbacks of this (even though she didn’t technically witness it). I totally understood the parallels given her current situation, but I thought they really dragged these out.

There were also a few supporting characters that had laughable reactions to the shark. I enjoyed the main characters, but wow…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

I’m always going to give any shark movie a try and I thoroughly enjoy this genre. There’s plenty to enjoy with this one, but I don’t think it did anything that extraordinary to set itself apart from similar films that have come out recently.

I’d recommend watching Shark Bait or Deep Blue Sea 3 first for a more entertaining ride. There’s still enough here to have fun with, but I would manage your expectations accordingly.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Reef: Stalked in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Shark Bait” (2022) on Demand: Playing Chicken with Jet Skis may not be the best idea…

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“Jet skis?!”

Shark Bait released on demand on May 13th 2022. The survival horror film stars Holly Earl, Catherine Hannay, and Jack Trueman. It runs for approximately an hour and twenty-five minutes.

A group of friends steal a couple of jet skis, but end up stranded in the middle of the ocean after colliding into one another, now stalked by a shark.

Here is the trailer:

Shark Bait is the latest shark film entry, but does it have enough bite to provide us with some real entertainment? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Doesn’t take too long for things to happen…

This movie was a quick watch and I was very happy that it didn’t take too long for things to happen. We didn’t get too much set-up and once everyone was in the water, our toothy friend decided to make his first appearance early. After watching The Requin, this was a very nice change of pace and it worked in the film’s favor. After all, we’re watching this for the shark action…

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Fun premise and some intense moments.

I don’t know about you, but this premise was a dream come true for me. We got a bunch of spring breaker type teens playing chicken with stolen jet skis, which made it easy to root for the shark in this one…

There were a lot of intense moments and even though we got the typical waiting around for the shark to pick them off one by one formula, there was plenty of action to keep me invested from start to finish.

The Cons:

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Superficial characters and a predictable formula…

We didn’t get much character development here and I didn’t really care about the characters. It was easy to pick out who would potentially survive and the film followed the same formula as The Requin and Great White in a lot of ways. Instead of a floating villa or a raft, we got a jet ski, but the plot was basically the same. That being said, I love shark films so this will never get old for me…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!!!

Shark Bait was a lot of fun!

Our toothy friend got lots of screen time and there were actually some edge-of-your-seat moments throughout the film that made this an entertaining watch. If you enjoy shark films, you’ll have a blast watching this one.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Shark Bait in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Requin” on Demand: Alicia Silverstone puts her survival skills to the test

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“You need this…”

The Requin released on demand on January 28th 2022. The survival horror film stars Alicia Silverstone and James Tupper. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

A married couple seeks out a romantic getaway in Vietnam on a floating villa when a dangerous storm sweeps them out to sea, as they soon find themselves surrounded by sharks.

Here is the trailer:

The Requin brings us a premise we’ve seen before with a female lead with lots of potential, but does this film have enough bite? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Alicia Silverstone is the best part of the movie…

She is the main reason why I tuned in to this one (well that and I can’t get enough of shark movies) and she really gave this one her all. There aren’t too many layers to her character even though they try to force some down our throats, but she proves to be a worthy opponent when we get into the real heart of the film. I was rooting for her and I thought she did a solid job with what she was given.

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Decent set-up and ending.

I’ve seen this type of movie before (Open Water, The Shallows) but I have to say that the floating villa debacle was truly terrifying. You may want to think twice about where you stay on vacation…

After this, there was a lot of waiting around, but the last thirty minutes of the film turned things around and gave shark movie fans plenty to be excited about.

The Cons:

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It takes too long for things to happen.

The movie is only 90 minutes long and we wait around for quite a while before we see our toothy friends, which was surprising based on the title of this particular film. If you’re looking for a lot of shark action, you may be better off fast-forwarding to the end.

Dialogue that will make you wince.

The dialogue was not that great even though there were some genuine moments between our couple. My biggest complaint centers around the way they used it to tell the audience what had happened in their past, leading to Jaelyn’s breakdown and trauma. It was done so poorly and I almost felt like they were just reading a draft of notes. Show, don’t tell…

The effects were also really bad…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

Alicia Silverstone redeemed this film in a lot of ways and there is plenty of bite toward the end. This film isn’t anywhere close to the level of The Shallows, but if you like shark films, you’ll enjoy this one for the most part.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Requin in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Great White” on Shudder: Katrina Bowden vs. a Shark

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“Maybe it will go away…”

Great White originally released in July 2021, but it is now currently available to stream on Shudder. The survival horror film stars Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, and Tim Kano. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

A tourist trip turns deadly when a group winds up stalked by an unrelenting shark as they desperately try to make it to shore.

Here is the trailer:

Great White presents us with another survival shark story, but does it have enough bite? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Solid opening and ending.

The first few minutes of the film were actually really terrifying and well done. I was immediately hooked and ready to indulge in another shark film (one of my favorite genres). The end was actually really satisfying as well and I thought that there was enough action in it to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Characters to root for.

I’ve probably seen every shark film there is and some of the films have extraordinary characters that you root for against all odds and others have some of the most generic and annoying characters ever.

While I wouldn’t say that we have found our next Quint, Brody or Hooper by any means, the group was likable enough and I genuinely cared about what happened to them…well at least some of them.

The Cons:

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Really dumb decisions are made…

Even though I enjoyed this movie and several of the characters, there were some really dumb mistakes made that had me scratching my head. A lot of this could have been avoided with some common sense…

I also thought that some of the intentionally placed flashbacks were basically thrown out of the movie at one point and it had me wondering why we should focus on them in the first place…

Lacking bite in the middle.

I really thought that this film had a lot of entertaining moments, but the middle of the film fell flat and even though I was terrified, I wanted to see some more fins to break up some of the constant complaining and whining going on. The movie also didn’t really do anything that original or different compared to other shark movies.

Was it entertaining? Sure, but I love shark movies. I thought that there were some sprinkles of greatness here and there, but I needed a lot more and the core of the film needed more content to keep me invested.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I’m all for a bloody fun shark film and that’s what we got for the most part. I actually really enjoyed the ending of the movie and there were some really terrifying moments throughout the film.

If you enjoy shark movies, I’d recommend giving this a whirl but don’t expect to see anything truly outside the box with this one.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Great White in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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