A mafia drug lord has unleashed a new, highly addictive stimulant on the streets called HT25, derived from sharks held captive in a secret lab, and which causes monstrous side effects. After an explosion and leak at the lab, an army of mutated, bloodthirsty sharks and other creatures are set loose on the world.
Uploaded by: FREEMAN November 10, 2023 at 11:05 PM
And it is not very good at all, even compared to most rip off film standards. The film starts off with a random character death in the first five minutes, and then takes a really strange noir turn after that which makes it very hard to follow. After that, it becomes a bit of a drag to be perfectly honest. The effects are really bad, which makes it not really super fun to watch. Although some of the puppetwork is to be at least acknowledged. There are too many plot points going on to to follow, and it can be a bit much to get invested in any one of them when all of them are really just barely even fleshed out. Then there is virtually no character development, and it all ends up feeling like a waste of 70 minutes.
Reviewed by SeptumSin6 / 10
Polonia's Obsession with shark films hits a new "high"
Cocaine Shark is a 2023 film by Mark Polonia. A Mafia Drug Lord has unleashed a new addictive stimulant made from sharks in a lab but there are monstrous side effects.
Unlike Jurassic Shark 3 where it takes a relatively normal low budget shark movie and jumps that shark this time they jumped that shark right from the beginning. This movie feels like a little bit of a disappointment with almost a bait and switch approach. I was expecting a shark high on cocaine instead I get a mutant shark movie that probably would have come out with a different name if it hadn't been for Cocaine Bear. It is also kind of sad that he monsters kind of take a back seat for the plot of the film as it revolves around the drug dealing and criminal activity far more. I think the more appropriate title would have been "shark cop" but that might have given things away.
I kind of feel bad for Kyle Rappaport in this one, he had been climbing the Polonia ladder with him being in most of the length of Jurassic Shark 3 but not making it past the opening credits here, he does multitask in this one, however so one could say that he has a much bigger role as its 4 small ones and it can be fun to try and spot where he shows up. Much the same it is good to see him in the field and hope to see him utilized in more fun and entertaining ways. I've come to look for Polonia in his films, no matter the film he is always fun to spot. I'm glad to see Titus Himmelberger in the Staring role, he handles the role fairly well and I've enjoyed what I've seen him in thus far. Most of the acting is in the typical Microbudget quality but never so bad that it destroys emersion or becomes comically bad. I do really like the setting, it was nice on Jurassic Shark and pretty good here as well.
I really like some of the effects with stop motion or the odd creations and mutations for creatures. When it comes to Polonia shark movies I really enjoy a lot of the practical effects but I don't feel I get to enjoy them long enough here the Cheesy effects are on full display and utilized pretty well. I do hope to see more stop motion from Polonia in the future.
Music wise it isn't terrible, the music works, though isn't particularly good or bad.
Cocaine shark has a lot of potential to it. I do feel with a different title expectations would be a bit better. I went in looking for a shark High on Cocaine and came out with a movie about a human high on shark. If you are looking for a lower budget police thriller with shark monsters you are in the right place. If you are looking for a movie like Cocaine Bear, don't bother.
Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies4 / 10
A few weeks ago, Scientific American asked, "Are 'Cocaine Sharks' Really Scarfing Down Drugs off Florida's Coasts?" Sadly, that article is more about Discovery Channel's Shark Week, but there's some interesting information, including this quote:
"...the idea may not be as wacky as it sounds-especially in the waters off Florida. There sharks in a diverse assemblage swim along a major drug-smuggling throughway, which potentially exposes the toothy predators to floating bundles of narcotics. "This is the only place in the world where a shark could come into contact with such massive doses of cocaine," says Tom Hird, a marine biologist and broadcaster based in England."
Some literally insane scientists even did tests on sharks by having them eat cocaine - did they never see a single shark movie? Do they know that LL Cool J rapped "My hat is like a shark fin" after living through Deep Blue Sea? - along with this wild story:
"In 2016 scientists in Switzerland examined the effects of cocaine on zebra fish, a type of striped minnow commonly used in scientific experiments. The researchers were surprised to find that most of the cocaine accumulated in the fish's eyes instead of their brain. Some zebra fish eyes contained concentrations of cocaine that were 1,000 times higher than levels that would be lethal to humans. The Swiss scientists were also surprised to find that instead of revving up the zebra fish, the cocaine suppressed their movements. "You'd think that a shark on cocaine is going to be swimming around all over the place at 1,000 miles an hour," Hird says. "But that is us taking our human brains and putting it into the shark's head.""
But let's forget about science.
Let's watch Cocaine Shark.
Originally released as Kanizame Shakurabu (Crab Shark) in Japan, this was retitled with the success of Cocaine Bear. It's the story of a drug dealer named Gaurisco (Ken Van Sant) and his new creation, HT25, which is made from sharks. To paraphrase Mr. Show, "It's great. It's shark crack. It gets you really high."
Directed by Mike Polonia and written by the mysterious Bando Glutz, this has effects by Brett Piper and Anthony Polonia that encompass an entire ocean's worth of mutated creatures. Opposing them and the drug dealer is Nick (Titus Himmelberger), a hard-boiled detective who runs afoul of femme fatale Persephone (Natalie Himmelberger) as well as the hallucinations people have on HT25 which allow them to kill as a shark crab hybrid.
I really enjoyed reading other reviews of this movie. Nearly everyone hated it because it doesn't have many sharks, there's not really cocaine, it's made with stock footage and it's only an hour long. Obviously, any of these people would tell you how much they love exploitation movies yet when they are the ones exploited, they realize that sometimes a great poster, an awesome title, a tie-in to some popular pop culture buzz and a little filmmaking magic was enough to con you into watching a movie. Being mad about this movie is like being angry at Jerry Warren or Jerry Gross or someone not named Jerry that got you to watch movies that you never thought you'd watch like Sam Sherman.
I love that movies like this exist and I'll never get tired of them.