Director(s): Michael Oblowitz (Out For A Kill, The Foreigner) Writer(s): Monty Featherstone & Howard Zemski Starring: William Forsythe, Jeffrey Combs Michael Oblowitz was responsible for Out For a Kill and The Foreigner, both of which are regarded as the Steven Seagal’s two worst movies. As I write this, Out For a Kil teeters on IMDb’s […]

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Hammerhead

Director(s): Michael Oblowitz (Out For A Kill, The Foreigner)
Writer(s): Monty Featherstone & Howard Zemski
Starring: William Forsythe, Jeffrey Combs

Michael Oblowitz was responsible for Out For a Kill and The Foreigner, both of which are regarded as the Steven Seagal’s two worst movies. As I write this, Out For a Kil teeters on IMDb’s Bottom 100 list at number 91.

Is it any surprise that he screwed Hammerhead up as well?

In defense of the man, it’s not like Oblowitz had much to work with. Since this was produced as part of a Nu Image package deal, which included Snakeman (out by First Look in December) and MosquitoMan, I didn’t expect a lot of care to be put into it. But with Hammerhead, Nu Image walks into Phoenician territory. Nu Image has strayed away from crafting their stories around non-animal stock footage in the past. For this one they actually throw in random garbage that makes no sense to justify the usage of grainy explosion footage from one of their 90s military action films.

That’s not all though. When shooting Hammerhead, which is about a half-man/half-shark creature, they used a prosthetic for the creature that pictures showed to not to be too awful. All of that is cut out of the movie, resulting in choppy death scenes in an already cheesy movie full of b-movie nonsense.

Hammerhead takes place on an “unchartered island.” This is despite the fact that the island is quite large, has military planes ready to operate, and is apparently quite easily found by our main characters. In an era where you can buy your own island for a few million dollars on eBay, the editor or producer who decided to go with that needs to be kicked in the crotch. These pharmaceutical representatives are off to meet the eccentric Dr. King (Combs), who has told them of a revolutionary new discovery involving stem cell research. Long story short, there’s a SharkMan and they’re all going to die.

William Forsythe, who I dug in Larva, is really bad here. While Jeffrey Combs hams it up, an assessment of Forsythe’s acting abilities leads only to the question of why wardrobe gave him a tight white t-shirt to wear. He has an obvious gut, and him trying to act as a hero with it just doesn’t work out well.

To be watched only if you’re looking for the answer of how bad bad can get.
DVD: Barebones.

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