Film / Shark Night

Shark Night is a 2011 3D action horror film from the director of Snakes on a Plane and released by Relativity Media and Rogue Pictures.

The story revolves around seven college friends from Tulane University who spend a weekend at a lake house in Louisiana’s Gulf area. When their vacation quickly becomes a nightmare of shark attacks, they soon discover that the sharks are part of a sick, greedy plan on the part of several locals.

The animatronic shark effects were created by the same team who previously provided the animatronic shark effects in Deep Blue Sea.

Could also be titled "Sharks in a Lake".

The film invokes the following tropes:

  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: "In the End" by Fade is the theme song for the Japanese version.
  • An Arm and a Leg: One of the sharks attack Malik as he's wakeboarding, and he loses his right arm.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Subverted- Malik is the first one to get attacked by the sharks (losing an arm in the process), but he outlives about half the cast,
  • Casanova Wannabe: Blake. The guy thinks applying spray-on tan everywhere, even his genitals, makes him attractive.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: As a consequence for helping Dennis, Greg Sabin gets set on fire. When he goes into the water (where a tiger shark is swimming) to put out the fire, he is trapped inside the pool by Nick and then eaten alive by a tiger shark, scattering his blood throughout the pool.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: How much money and resources did it take to catch, transport and maintain multiple large, dangerous, exotic animals of various geographic locations? Much less the cameras and computers they were using.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: We spend about 20-30 minutes with the main cast before one of them gets attacked and another 5 after that before actually seeing a shark.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Sabin's reason for assisting with the scheme is that he's tired of being looked down upon by "rich kids". Which makes no sense because they never really belittled him over the course of the film.
  • Fanservice: Certain scenes with each of the female characters apply, but especially Sara and Beth.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Sabin. He acts all friendly to the characters, passing himself off as a Nice Guy. It turns out, he's in on Dennis and Red's scheme, and he is just as much a monster as Dennis is. Even after he is revealed to be a villain, he acts all chummy with Nick, offering to play some music for him as a final request.
  • Final Girl: Subverted with Sara. She forms the Final Couple with Nick, and they both die off anyway.
  • Follow the Leader: Following the path of Piranha 3D and possibly hoping to get that film's critical acclaim in the process. It didn't work.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: The bad guys have shot 46 of those snuff vids, (and counting) but apparently haven't actually sold any of them, yet. The case could be made the selling them is just the excuse for making them.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even with only one arm, Malik still manages to beat the shit out of, and kill, a hammerhead shark.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard / Karmic Death: Two of the villains are eaten by the sharks.
  • Hollywood Nerd: The beginning of the film shows Nick to be wearing glasses and studying for his finals while his friends are playing Halo. He has extremely awkward social behavior with Sara, acting like he's never talked to a girl before in his life. He also has a toned body, can dive like an Olympic swimmer, and battles a Great White Shark.
  • If It Bleeds, It Leads: One of the villains invokes the popularity of Shark Week as proof that people want to see violence, which he's more than happy to provide.
  • Just Desserts: Dennis and the Sheriff get eaten by, you guessed it, sharks.
  • Kill the Cutie: Maya and later, Beth
  • Lighter and Softer: This was obviously intended to be a teen-friendly alternative to the R-rated Piranha 3D.
  • Obviously Evil: The Rednecks. You can practically hear "Dueling Banjos" every time they're on screen.
  • Previews Pulse: Shark attack, doot-do, doot-doot do-do, shark attack, doot-do, doot-doot do-do, shark attack...
  • Product Placement: The film was cross-promoted with the Discovery Channel's Shark Week.
  • The Savage South: All of the villains are highly stereotypical rednecks.
  • Scary Black Man: Malik puts on this image in order to scare Nick in the opening scene.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Malik, who's dying of blood loss, uses his body as a distraction so Blake can escape, only for a different shark to get him.
  • Shark Pool: The Sheriff tries to lower Nick into one of these, only to fall in himself.
  • Shout-Out: Of course, there's several to Jaws.
    • The opening kill is a Shout-Out to the one in the first Jaws.
    • A great white shark tears apart a shark cage also like the original Jaws.
    • A shark is able to keep up with a speedboat, like in Jaws 2.
  • Snuff Film: The main villains are making these by feeding people to sharks with Frickin' Video Cameras strapped to them.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the Piranha films and perhaps Snakes on a Plane.
  • The Stinger: As soon as the end credits are over we are treated to a rap music video performed by the cast and the crew.
  • Stock Footage: The opening and closing credits feature stock footage of several species of sharks and one blink-and-you'll-miss it scene from Deep Blue Sea (specifically where the shark eats the parrot).
    • One clip is a rather famous shot of world renowned shark expert Valerie Taylor testing out shark proof chain mail with blue sharks. Valerie and Ron Taylor shot all of the live shark footage for Jaws.
  • Threatening Shark: The whole plot of the movie. Also, the film features not just one species of shark, but seven species.
  • Truth in Television: Bull sharks do often wind up in lakes. Bonus Fridge Brilliance / Fridge Horror points in that they are well known for attacking people, making this movie a rather realistic scenario.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: Somewhat inverted- Tattoo-sporting rebel girl Beth gets reduced to a quivering ball of girlie fear after the first few attacks. She gets some of her own back by stabbing Red though, then she literally gets used for shark bait. Whereas Sara seems to be the more the girly-girl but toughens up somewhat near the climax and survives.