Cruel Jaws, also known as The Beast, is a 1995 American direct-to-video thriller, directed by Italian filmmaker Bruno Mattei (under the name of William Snyder). It was released on DVD in relative obscurity but has gained notoriety over the years for its blatant use of footage from other shark films, particularly the Jaws franchise from which it also borrows dialogue and plot. It was even marketed in many areas as Jaws 5!
Cruel Jaws tells the story of the little coastal town of Hampton Bay, at a time when it is being threatened by a massive man-eating tiger shark, during their annual Regatta celebration, threatening to destroy their tourist trade as it cuts the population down with every chomp. If that wasn’t enough, the owners of the local aquarium park have been subject to a hostile takeover from a bully of a prospective businessman, looking for money. It’s up to the local sheriff, the park’s owner and a shark expert to head out to sea and destroy the massive beast, before the summer economy is slashed and the park is destroyed.
Squeeze into your swimming costume, slap on some sun tan lotion, grab a portion of chips, and join us to savour the daddy of all rip-offs and “the ultimate bad movie night flick” (Direct To Video Connoisseur). We’ll also have bad music videos, trailers and snacks to enjoy, as well as the chance to be a winner in our crap competition, so reel in your ticket for Crap Film Club today – it’s the plaice to be!
“Cruel Jaws is a wildly entertaining, shitty shark movie that thrives on its incoherence and tone-deafness” – Oh The Horror
“The hardest I’ve laughed during a movie” – Mondo Exploito