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Swamp Shark (2011) Review

Swamp Shark is a 2011 American horror film directed by Griff Furst and starring Kristy Swanson, Robert Carradine, and D. B. Sweeney. The film was released on June 28, 2011.

The film follows the story of a group of friends who encounter a deadly shark while swimming in a Louisiana swamp. The shark begins to terrorize the group, picking them off one by one. As the body count rises, the group must find a way to stop the shark before it kills them all.

Swamp Shark is a fun, suspenseful, and bloody horror film. The shark is a menacing and terrifying presence, and the kills are creative and gruesome. The acting is solid, and the characters are likable. The film is well-paced and moves along at a good clip.

Going into watching Swamp Shark I honestly thought this was just gonna be another b-movie, CGI laden shitfest quite frankly. I really did’nt have high hopes at all. Well i can thankfully say that whilst yes there is too much CGI for my liking, Swamp Shark is actually quite a hoot.

Kristy Swanson plays the main ‘hero’ and protagonist Rachel Broussard and is showing she’s ageing really well. Robert Davi puts in his usual devious performance as the town’s sheriff and general pain the ass. D.B. Sweeney shows up as the would be saviour to all the frolics that are going on and yeah, he’s decent enough i guess. All the actors in this flick are decent with everyone at the very least looking the part.

As I mentioned before the shark itself is just a wee bit on the CGI looking side for my liking. We’re never fooled into thinking that we’re watching anything but a b-movie. Also we never get to see the shark that much, which is probably a good thing. Gore is there, though it’s not very outlandish (the way we like it), it’s pretty boilerplate.

Thankfully the action doesn’t take long to kick off, the opening scene is quite funny actually, in a dark kinda way. From then on the characters and the shark help keep the movie rolling till it meets it’s inevitable conclusion.

Swamp Shark is far from the most original movie i’ve ever seen but it is fun and even though it’s got more than a few chinks in it’s would be armour, it’s a ride worth jumping on. So i’m gonna recommended this one but remember, best not taken too seriously.

Overall, Swamp Shark is a fun and entertaining horror film. It’s not the deepest or most thought-provoking film out there, but it’s a fun ride. If you’re a fan of shark movies, or just looking for a good horror film to watch, you should definitely check out Swamp Shark.


The film opens with a group of friends, including Kristy (Kari Wuhrer) and her boyfriend David (David Graziano), out on a boat on a Louisiana bayou. As they are swimming and playing around, a large, strange creature attacks David and drags him under the water. The others try to help him, but the creature is too strong and they are forced to watch helplessly as it kills him.

The group is understandably shaken by the attack and decides to head back to shore. However, as they are leaving, they see the creature again, this time attacking and killing a large alligator. They realize that whatever this thing is, it is very dangerous and they need to warn the authorities.

They head to the local sheriff, Jake (Robert Englund), to tell him what happened. Jake is a bit skeptical at first, but after hearing their story, he realizes that there may be something out there in the swamp that needs to be dealt with. He enlists the help of his daughter, Rachel (Sarah Lieving), who is an expert tracker, to help him find this creature.

After a few days of searching, they finally come across the creature’s tracks. They follow them deep into the swamp, where they find the creature itself. It is a giant shark, unlike anything they have ever seen before. They realize that it must have escaped from a nearby aquarium that was damaged in a hurricane.

Now that they know what they are dealing with, they need to find a way to kill it before it can do any more damage. They come up with a plan and, with the help of some local fishermen, they are able to lure the shark into a trap. They kill it and everyone is safe once again.

Movie Details

Director: Griff Furst
Writers: Eric Miller, Charles Bolon, Jennifer Iwen
Actors: Richard Tanne, Jason Rogel, Jeff Chase, Sophie Sinise
Release Year: 2011