Film Review: She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)

Also known as: Shark Reef (alternate)
Release Date: August, 1958
Directed by: Roger Corman
Written by: Robert Hill, Victor Stoloff
Music by: Ronald Stein
Cast: Bill Cord, Don Durant, Lisa Montell, Jeanne Gerson

Ludwig H. Gerber Productions, American International Pictures, 63 Minutes

Review:

“Chris, Lee your brother, but he not like you.” – Mahia

This is one of two films that Roger Corman filmed over a few weeks period in Hawaii. The other movie being Thunder Over Hawaii. At least he got a free vacation out of it.

I threw this on thinking it would be some sort of awesome Tiki horror picture but there really was no horror in it. It starts as a crime thriller and turns into a Tiki adventure movie.

We have two criminals on the run that end up on a Polynesian island paradise full of hot island girls and a cranky old island lady. For some stupid reason, the young fellas want to get off the island. I mean, really? You end up in a tropical paradise with a dozen hot girls for both dudes and they can basically live with them free of charge as long as they help build a hut or a raft every once in awhile. Seems like a dream scenario to me but these criminal doofuses would rather go back to a reality where they are wanted men and the only action they’ll get is from Bruno in cell block two.

This is a bad movie, even for Roger Corman standards. I love the setting and the vibe of the picture but I’m a sucker for Tiki culture. Other than that, it has no charm and is a real dud. There isn’t even a cheesy Corman monster to make up for the quality of this movie. Some sort of actual Tiki monster would have made this infinitely more amazing.

She Gods of Shark Reef isn’t something I can recommend to anyone, even Corman fans.

All that being said, it does deserve to be put through the Cinespiria Shitometer. So what we have here is a “Type 7 Stool: Watery, no solid pieces. Entirely Liquid.”

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