Deep Blood: Special Edition [Blu-ray]
(Charlie Brill, Mitzi McCall, Frank Baroni, Cort McCown, Keith Kelsch, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1990) 2021 / Severin Films)
Overview: Several young men have to stop an ancient native American evil in the form of a killer shark which is attacking a small beach community.
Blu-ray Verdict: In a career that forever raised the bar for everything from hookers, cannibals and necrophiles to Ator, Emanuelle and Caligula, this long-unseen chum bucket from producer/director/EuroSleaze master Joe DAmato may be his most bizarrely entertaining anomaly ever.
Shot on location in Florida surf and Rome swimming pools, DAmato combines 80s teen movie tropes and Native American mysticism with stupefying dialogue, over-the-top performances and shark footage that Bruno Mattei would later swipe for CRUEL JAWS to create what Oh, The Horror! calls "a weird, demented experience that begs to be discovered and embraced."
A cast of local unknowns - along with, inexplicably, the 60s comedy team of Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall - star in this last word in Italian Sharksploitation, now scanned in 2K from the original negative for the first time ever.
Admittedly this film is not the elite of shark movies but, trust me, it is a bona fide masterpiece in comparison to this shameless Italian piece of junk from the dirty hands of Joe DAmato!
Deep Blood (I mean, even the title is ridiculous!) is a Jaws imitation that is at least 8-10 years overdue. The Italian shark movies from the early 80s are (for example, Great White and Devilfish) also of questionable quality, but at least they are amusing and over-the-top cheesy!
Deep Blood, on that other hand, takes its own approach to cinematography with some low-ebb special effects and the only sharks that we get to see were all previously featured in National Graphic documentaries of which Joe DAmato bought the stock footage!
The wraparound story is also completely unbelievable, which is fine as that also goes for about 98% of everything else ever made out there like this! A bunch of young idiots living in a small and insignificant beach community take an oath to remain best friends for life and look after each other.
But their buddy pact is immediately put to severe test when one of them gets eaten by a shark. At least that is what you have to assume happened, because the actor simply vanishes in the water and the next shot just shows a puddle of red liquid instead!
Either way, the rest of the losers decide to go shark hunting themselves, obviously against the will of local authorities.
Oh, and if the scene of the shark blowing up at the end - sorry spoiler warning - looks familiar, it is because DAmoto just recycled the effect from the end of The Last Shark. Yes, the Italian film industry is not above ripping itself off! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs that comes with the Special Feature of a Trailer.