|JAWS OF SATAN (director: Bob Claver; screenwriter: Gerry Holland/story by James Callaway; cinematographer: Dean Cundey; editor: Len Miller; music: Roger Kellaway ; cast: Fritz Weaver (Father Tom Farrow), Gretchen Corbett (Dr. Maggie Sheridan), Jon Korkas (Dr. Paul Hendricks), Norman Lloyd (The Monsignor), Christina Applegate (Kim Perry), Jack Gordan (Mayor Grady Thorpe), Diana Douglas (Eveyn, local witch); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Bill Wilson; United Artists; 1981)|
|"This is a perfect film for those
who don't respect film."
by Dennis Schwartz
man's derivative of Spielberg's Jaws. Veteran TV director and producer
Bob Claver directs the
ill-conceived low-budget horror pic as if he knows
being a movie director is not in the cards for himin
the future. James Callaways' absurd story is
inadequately scripted by Gerry Holland, who leaves us
with massive plot holes. The writer can't even get the
druid curse right, which is the gist of the film. This
is a perfect film for those who don't respect film.
talking about a druid curse here, which has Satan
coming to a rural Alabama town by derailing a train
with a bunch of snakes. Satan will appear as a giant
cobra determined to kill an unsuspecting country
priest (Fritz Weaver) because his druid ancestry were
the ancient enemies of Satan. The priest learns that
every third generation of his family is cursed by
Satan, as he's told of this superstition by the local
witch (Diana Douglas) and not by his own
monsignor (Norman Lloyd).
One of the problems with this, is that the priest is
of the second generation.
we get to the big fight, some limp subplots are
trotted out for cheap laughs to warm us up for the
main event. There's one side story about a greedy
mayor (Jack Gordan); another about a
lady doctor (Gretchen Corbett) and her
ignorant herpetologist boyfriend (Jon
Korkas), who is confused about the sudden
epidemic of fatal snake bites in town; and, of a
child in danger (Christina
final battle between snake (evil) and preacher (good)
is awkwardly presented, with the priest using his
crucifix to defeat the infidel. The fight is a mess,
just like the film and its ridiculous
REVIEWED ON 3/15/2016 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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