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Sunday, December 10, 2017

She Gods Of Shark Reef (1958)

Starring Bill Cord, Don Durant, Lisa Montell, Jeanne Gerson, Carol Lindsay
Directed by Roger Corman
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

Two brothers, one of them running from the law, are shipwrecked on a tropical island with all female inhabitants, who dive for pearls and worship a shark god.

Per Wikipedia, this was filmed by Corman back-to-back with Naked Paradise in Hawaii, and it makes for an authentic and exotic setting.  The picture's competently filmed and more than watchable, but those expecting any fantasy elements from the shark god will be disappointed.  Although filmed in color, the public domain print I viewed was pretty faded out, and it would be interesting to see a restored version in more vibrant color.  The story is a pretty much by the numbers island drama, but the performances are decent, and for those looking for escapism, you could do far worse.  

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