SOLD OUT: SHARK ATTACK 3: MEGALODON (2002) – 13th September 2014, MV Balmoral, Bristol City Docks

It’s John Barrowman vs. a size-changing prehistoric shark! Come to the first of our two September events as part of Scalarama 2014! It’s Shark Attack 3… on a boat!

Shark Attack 3

Today, ‘mega-shark’ movies are everywhere, but back in 2002, the idea of unleashing a prehistoric shark on the modern world was pretty new. Sure, ‘shark attack’ films were an obvious side-effect of the success of Jaws, but instead of a 25ft killer shark… surely a 60ft one would be even better?!

The first two Shark Attack films had been cheap Jaws rip-offs, but when the Israeli/South African-produced series decided to really go ‘big’, the result was one of the most infamously poor, yet highly entertaining, shark films of all times.

The story is pretty standard: A telecoms company is running a data cable through the Pacific Ocean when the crew are attacked. The story then shifts to lifeguard Ben Carpenter (a pre-Doctor Who John Barrowman) who discovers a large shark tooth and seeks the assistance of Jenny McShane’s nubile palaeontologist. Could the mysterious monster really be a living fossil from the age of the dinosaurs?! In short… yes.

The result? A monster movie that delivers plenty of shark attacks mixed with lots of National Geographic footage, however it is the dialogue and low budget effects that have really made this film infamous.

Barrowman looks like he’s having a laugh, McShane looks like she’s fighting back the giggles in every scene and the shark… oh, the shark… well, it has to be seen to be believed.

When: 8.00pm, Saturday 13rd September 2014

Location: MV Balmoral, M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

£5 (in advance)/£6 (on the night) (all profits going to MV Balmoral Preservation Society)


When two researchers discover a colossal shark’s tooth off the Mexican coast their worst fears surface – the most menacing beast to ever rule the waters is still alive and mercilessly feeding on anything that crosses its path.


“[An} apropos motion picture maxim for Shark Attack 3: Megalodon would read “this time…it’s miserable…Or horrible…Or copyright infringeable.” Bill Gibron, DVD Verdict

“Sure this one may be “so bad it’s good” but there’s something about the flick’s outright plagiarism that prevents me from offering it even a backhand compliment” Scott Weinberg,

“The camp value is high and the laughs are almost non-stop.  One must wonder if this was all just an accident, or if the writers and directors are more clever than we thought.”