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      12 Days of Terror

      PG-13 2004 1h 26m Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 27% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings In 1916 a New Jersey lifeguard (Colin Egglesfield) calls for the closure of town beaches when a killer shark dines on unsuspecting swimmers. Read More Read Less

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      Paul Lê Bloody Disgusting 12 Days of Terror has the great pleasure of being a period shark movie. Of course, it’s not a complete work of fiction; padding historical parts with original material makes it function better as a feature than a mere documentary. Rated: 3/5 Aug 4, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member 12 Days of Terror: 5 out of 10: This is one strange film. A period piece Jaws taking place in Matawan NJ in 1916. (They actually do a nice job recreating the early nineteenth century Jersey shore line, except the boats are too modern.) I always have enjoyed a good (or even bad) shark attack movie. I always figured it was because of the fun munch the swimmer action. I never really thought about the T and A part of it. You know all those nice girls running around in their string bikinis or even less. Since 1916 female swimwear was apparently designed by the Taliban there is barely an ankle visible in the whole film. Funny how you don't miss the little things till they are gone. Creating an even bigger quandary is the surprising over the top homoerotic overtones throughout the entire film. Seriously not since Jeepers Creepers 2 have I seen more shirtless boys making googly eyes at each other. The two leads Colin Egglesfield and Mark Dexter are supposed to be in a love triangle with Jenna Harrison but the way these two carry on with each other that poor girl doesn't have a chance no matter whom she chooses. It's like Brokeback Beach Bingo. That aside this is Jaws by the numbers throwing out the actual historical facts and having our hero along with John Rhys-Davies (who apparently still will appear in any movie offered him.) go shark hunting with barrels and a crazy naturalist. (This along with the rundown ship having an inboard gasoline motor is needless to say ahistorical.) So if you like your Jaws slow paced, with a made for TV Merchant and Ivory feel and you prefer the first victim be a hunky guy in wet clingy cotton one-piece rather than a naked blonde girl. I have got your movie. I on the other hand am going to go watch a Ginger film to help clean my palate. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a 1916 version of Jaws. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member So...I just watched a movie called 12 Days of Terror, and was expecting it to be what one might expect from a made for TV movie, with a not-so-great-as-an-actor-but-dead-ringer-for-Tom-Cruise lead and the one slightly famous actor, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The movie is based on the actual events of the New Jersey shark attacks of 1916, and of coarse as most movies will do, took some liberties with the historical accuracy, but none the less, I was much delighted by the film. Even as far as shark thriller type movies go, I would have to rate this among the best that I have seen, Even with a limited special effects aspect, the movie still was able to maintain a suspense aspect almost as good as Jaws itself. So if you have Netflix, and you enjoy a food shark thriller, I strongly suggest 12 Days of Terror. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review don s Was definitely looking for more of a horror aspect to this early 1900's period piece. Instead we get a poorly acted TV drama (probably made for Shark Week) with weak characterizations and a disgusting lack of effects, unless you consider bloody water to be one. Boring, especially for a shark attack movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Oh boy this is just bad. I have seen a much better one by the discovery channel too. Called Blood in the water. With this being like, "LAWL LETS CONNECT ALL THE CHARACTERS!" I doubt Alexander Ott knew Lester stillwell, the fisherman or even the Tailor who. Its so bizare and inaccurate. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member In a world that is flooded with Jaws ripoffs this one actually isn't that bad. In fact, I'd say it's actually one of the few really good ripoffs. While it does follow the same plot as Jaws it doesn't just copy the film scene by scene line for line; at least not that often and when it does it's subtle enough to were the connection is blurred. The story stays extremely loyal to the source material its based off of to the point where it actually looks like it could have actually happened instead of fabricating it to the point where it looks like a half-assed attempt to make a quick buck. And probably the best aspect: everything flows naturally. There's no forced subplot (okay maybe a tiny one but it's downplayed), none of the characters are cardboard cut outs of stereotypes that frequently plague movies like this, and the film does not rely on excessive gore or crappy CGI (the shark isn't even CGI) but relies more on fright and suspense and even some legitimate drama. Is it as good as Jaws, not even close. But if you like shitty shark movies but wouldn't mind seeing one that isn't that shitty this is the perfect candidate Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In 1916 a New Jersey lifeguard (Colin Egglesfield) calls for the closure of town beaches when a killer shark dines on unsuspecting swimmers.
      Director
      Jack Sholder
      Producer
      Dennis Stuart Murphy
      Screenwriter
      Jeffrey Reiner, Tommy Lee Wallace
      Rating
      PG-13 (Shark Attacks)
      Genre
      Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 26m