Whenever I see the list of new movies that would be debuting during Syfy’s Sharknado Week, I would always try to figure out how entertaining each one would be. in 2017, today’s movie was one of the ones that debuted and I honestly didn’t think it would be that good of a movie. Boy was I ever surprised to find out my initial call was wrong because this movie turned out to be one of the most entertaining movies in the batch that year. The reason for this being so entertaining was the simple fact that the movie took just about every negative stereotype generally associated with rednecks and trailer parks, then used it to poke fun at itself. This made for a lot of laughs as I watched Trailer Park Shark and had me hoping that this would be one of the movies to make it onto DVD.
The plot: In a Southern U.S. bayou, Rob and his Uncle Jeff are splicing a cable into a nearby windmill in order to take Soggy Meadows, the trailer park where they live, off the grid. As Uncle Jeff dives down to connect the cables and it starts raining, Rob hears an explosion nearby and rides off on his sea-doo to investigate. When he gets to where the explosion had occurred, he sees that the levy has been blown up and Swayze is running away from the scene, which Rob films with his Go-Pro. Realizing that his uncle will be in trouble due to the water surge, Rob heads back to where he left Jeff but when he gets there, he is attacked by a great white shark, which knocks him from his sea-doo. Earlier in the day, Swayze had been hired by Deconnard, the man that owns the trailer park, to blow up the levy and flood the trailer park, making it look like the oncoming storm had broke the levy, as Deconnard wanted to get rid of the tenants that were squatting there so he could redevelop the land. Swayze and his friend drive off to blow up the levy but when they realize that they left the license plate on the van with the bomb in it. Swayze’s partner goes back to remove the plate but ends up getting incinerated in the blast. Back in the present, Rob recovers from being thrown from his sea-doo as the shark manages to swallow his G0-Pro that was mounted on it. Rob finds Jeff and tells him what happened but Jeff is attacked and killed by the shark. As the shark heads towards him, Rob grabs the cable Jeff had splice to try and fend off the shark and as it bites down on it, The electricity flows through the shark, causing it to catch fire and sink beneath the water while Rob makes his way to Jeff’s raft. Back at the now flooded trailer park. Rob’s girlfriend Jolene is stuck inside her trailer and is helped out onto her roof by her neighbor Rufus. Jolene sees the shark swimming towards them and points it out to Rufus, who attempts to ride out on his horse and shoot it, but the shark kills Rufus’ horse and he makes is way back to his trailer, just as another resident, Cleon, yells out for help before getting on the roof of his trailer. Out in the bayou, Rob encounters Cappy out on her boat and he tells her about the levy being destroyed and she offers him a lift back to the trailer park just as the shark appears and starts circling them. Rob is surprised to see it is alive, telling Cappy he thought he had electrocuted it, but she tells him it might have soaked up the charge like an electric eel. Just then, the shark sends out an shockwave that causes Cappy’s engine to catch fire and she jumps onto Rob’s raft for safety but the shark snatches her out of the raft and kills her. Elsewhere, 3 more residents, Daisy, Barbara Wire, and Wyatt, have been carried away from the trailer park by the flood and are trying to figure out what they should do, with Wyatt worried about his dog Bucky. In town, Swayze is telling Deconnard about being spotted blowing the levy and Deconnard tells him to kill Rob and any other witnesses or survivors that are at the trailer park. Back in the bayou, Daisy, Barbara, and Wyatt spot Bucky floating on his dog house and Wyatt goes to get him when the shark appears. As Wyatt is puling the dog house back to the trailers, the sharks sends out shockwaves, causing Wyatt to flounder in the water while Barbara, who is barefoot on her trailer, also gets shocked, causing her to spasm and dance uncontrollably. The shark kills Wyatt and as Daisy and Barbara react in shock, Daisy then tells Barbara how silly she looked when she was being shocked and the two start laughing, just before the shark leaps up and kills Barbara. Meanwhile, Rob is still trying to make his way to the trailer park when a branch punctures his raft. Using “redneck ingenuity”, Rob uses some duct tape to plug the leak, then makes a makeshift paddle glove for his hand in order to help him paddle the raft. Rob eventually encounters Billie Jean, who is fishing up debris from the roof of her trailer and he manages to coax an oar and a gun from her before continuing on his way. Elsewhere, Swayze and two flunkies head out on sea-doo’s towards the trailer park, with Swayze telling them to make sure to kill anyone they see, except for Jolene, who is his ex. Rob manages to make it to the trailer park and as Jolene kisses him, he tells them about the levy being blown up while elsewhere, the shark attacks Billie Jean’s trailer and kills her. Meanwhile, Swayze and his men encounter Daisy and after asking her if she has seen any of the others, they knock her off of her trailer, then Swayze leaves his men there to ensure she is killed while he heads to the trailer park. At the trailer park, Rob tells the others about how he had video evidence of Swayze blowing up the levy but the shark swallowed his Go-Pro. Rufus tells him that sharks have a slow digestive system so that if they can catch and kill the shark, they would be able to retrieve the camera and then use the evidence against Swayze and Deconnard. Swayze has reached he trailer park and contacts Deconnard, telling him what he had heard, and Deconnard gets on his fanboat and heads to the trailer park. Meanwhile, Swayze’s men are taunting Daisy and trying to lure the shark there to finish her off but the shark ends up killing them instead. Back at the trailer park, Rufus comes up with a plan to capture the shark and he, Rob, and Cleon work on getting the materials but Cleon is killed while getting some ribs to use as bait while Rufus is snagged by the shark and dragged down the waterway before being killed. Rob manages to hook the shark onto a chain when it returns to the trailer park and as it chases after him, he tricks it into leaping out of the water, causing it to get the chain tangled up in a tree and suspending it in the water but gets knocked into the water as the shark struggles in air. Jolene goes to save Rob when Deconnard shows up and moves to kill her but Rob shows up and rescues Jolene, while Deconnard is killed by the shark. As the branch holding the shark starts to break, Rob comes up with a plan and has Jolene lasso the shark’s tail so they can drag it onto dry land and kill it. The begin dragging the shark behind them, making their way towards the windmill, when the shark starts straining against them. The hitch that the rope was tied to comes off and is flung into the air, becoming entangled in the windmill propeller. The windmill then begins pulling the shark out of the water and it is sliced into pieces by the blades. Rob’s Go-Pro falls to the water and he goes to retrieve it when Swayze, who had grabbed Daisy off her trailer, drives by and grabs it. As Rob and Jolene chase after him, Daisy begins struggling with Swayze for control of the sea-doo and the end up crashing into some logs, killing Swayze while Daisy manages to survive. Rob and Jolene pull up to help Daisy, then Rob grabs his Go-Pro, and they head off to rebuild their lives, stopping to grab Bucky off of his doghouse as they do.
I can’t help it. This movie cracks me up every time I watch it because it really is funny in that stupid kind of way. The acting was pretty good throughout the movie, with Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rob), Lulu Jovovich (Jolene), Clint James (Rufus), and David Kallaway (Swayze) doing good jobs in their roles. Dennis Haskins (Deconnard) made for a surprisingly good bad guy, as I am so used to thinking of him as Mr. Belding that it made the meanness of his character that much more effective. Tara Reid also had a good cameo as Billi Jean and I loved how the worked in a few Sharknado references during her scenes. The story was pretty good, with the basic premise of a greedy developer flooding his property to remove the people living there so he could redevelop it making for a great plot in any sort of drama. The added wrinkle in the plan of a shark killing people, and it somehow generating electricity made for an amusing twist, while the “redneck ingenuity” used to try and get out of situations just brings out one bit of laughter after another. I especially liked the various instances that duct tape was metioned/used, as if there is one thing rednecks are known for is using duct tape to fix damn near everything. I also admit that my 5-year old humor was tickled in the play on words regarding Rufus lamenting his horse’s death, as he would constantly say something along the lines of “My big, brown Dukey.” The special effects were a little weak at times in regards to the shark attacks but let’s be honest, that can make these types of movies more endearing. So yes, it can be considered a little off-color but this is a very entertaining movie and one worth watching.
Rating: 4 out of 5