In the past few days, the giant shark movie “MEG 2” has been released in cinemas, featuring Jason Statham battling massive sharks and other sea creatures. Despite its potential as a guilty pleasure, the sequel has received substantial criticism from critics. Even Mr. Hlad, who was initially excited, left the cinema disappointed. However, labeling it a complete disaster or a total waste wouldn’t be entirely accurate in this case. It’s worth noting that a more significant genre catastrophe emerged this year, capable of leaving even the most hardened viewers psychologically scarred. This prompts a recollection of the movie monstrosity known as “The Black Demon,” a film best avoided to spare oneself unnecessary pain.
The story revolves around a family embarking on a romantic vacation to a Mexican town that should be thriving due to an oil company’s operations and an adjacent rig. However, the town is deserted, deemed cursed, and plagued by sinister events linked to the oil platform. The community faces a perilous threat from a massive shark that devours anything near the oil platform and in the sea. Unfortunately, the central family becomes ensnared in this danger as well.
The plot’s transparency, stupidity, and reliance on clichés are precisely as expected from such a genre. Yet, these are the least of the film’s problems. The significant issues lie in how astonishingly foolish, unappealing, low-budget, and at times, amateurishly filmed the entire production is. “The Black Demon” closely resembles direct-to-DVD releases found in video stores or kiosks, such as “Shark Man” or “Shark in Venice,” films of such abysmal quality that they made even fans of modern Steven Seagal movies cringe. Regrettably, I’m acquainted with this subject due to my history of seeking out obscure sea-themed films during my days of masochistic movie exploration.
“The Black Demon” matches these films in quality across the board and might even surpass them in some respects. What sets it apart is that while titles like “Sharknado” or “Shark in Venice” are somewhat self-aware and playfully embrace their cheapness and flaws, “The Black Demon” maintains a grim seriousness throughout. The film attempts an ecological angle by suggesting that the demonic shark was sent by an angry deity to punish sinful humans. During these moments, the already tedious movie descends into an unimaginable level of absurdity and unintended parody. Adding to the oddity, this film—originally destined for obscurity on streaming services—managed to secure theatrical releases in numerous countries.
Unfortunately, there’s little to commend here. Not only does the titular shark fail to evoke any excitement, but its digital rendering is so unconvincing and comical that it wouldn’t scare someone frightened by even the most harmless aquarium fish. The shark’s portrayal is evidently overweight, barely able to maneuver, leading one to wonder why it didn’t consume the oil rig while perched atop it. The film fails to establish any atmosphere or tension, predominantly featuring mundane dialogue as the family discusses their secrets and traumas. The dangerous shark manages to consume merely four individuals throughout the film, with two of them dispatched right at the beginning. This weakness and utter tedium highlight the director’s desperation and lack of vision.
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