12 Days of Terror Release Date:2005 Genre:Drama | Horror | Thriller Director(s): Jack Sholder (Nightmare of Elm Street II) Writer(s): Jeffrey Reiner & Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III) Starring: Colin Egglesfield, John Rhys-Davies Jaws penman Peter Benchley’s credits his reading of the various accounts of the twelve-day span in July of 1916 where a shark […]

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12 Days of Terror
Release Date:2005
Genre:Drama | Horror | Thriller
Director(s): Jack Sholder (Nightmare of Elm Street II)
Writer(s): Jeffrey Reiner & Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III)
Starring: Colin Egglesfield, John Rhys-Davies

Jaws penman Peter Benchley’s credits his reading of the various accounts of the twelve-day span in July of 1916 where a shark terrorized the North Jersey shore as one of the main sources of inspiration for his classic script. That same concept would eventually spawn a countless number of direct-to-video ripoffs. Jack Sholder’s 12 Days of Terror, though, is the first of its kind to actually tell the story of those twelve days. And while it’s certainly a competent effort that’s far from unentertaining, it’s all for naught because the movie can’t muster up a single dramatic scene. The main reason for this? Well, for crying out loud, it’s all been done fifty-five times before! The secondary reason for this all this? Even in a genre full of cheap rip-offs, 12 Days of Terror does very little above and beyond the norm aside from its handling of the time period, which makes for a nice change of pace.

Lifeguard Alex (Egglesfield) lays witness to a gruesome death of a townsperson that he believes to have come courtesy of a shark. The recovered body makes it obvious that the man’s leg was ripped open by some sort of killer fish, but with this being a Jaws-inspired movie set in 1916 and all, the town’s tourist committee wants to sweep it under the rug. It happens again. Once again, they open up for business. Repeat, add in John Rhys-Davies as the loony seacaptain, add some unneeded subplots, repeat, throw the shark in a crick, kill a kid, repeat, etc.

While obviously not a direct rip-off of Jaws due to what I mentioned above, this is all that 12 Days of Terror winds up coming off as. Don’t let the horribly Photoshopped cover fool you. This isn’t Open Water. This is Jaws set in 1916. It’s not over the top and stupid like past Jaws rip-offs, but 12 Days does just as poor of a job getting you into the action as those films did in the past.

For fans of the subgenre only.

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