Ghost Shark is a Syfy Channel Original Movie released on August 22, 2013 starring Richard Moll. The director, Griff Furst, previously directed Swamp Shark for Syfy. Coincidentally, the film was released a month after Syfy's Sharknado
In the film, a great white shark is tortured and killed by fishermen, and its remains coincidentally fall on a cave once used as a sacred burial ground. This allows it to return as a ghost who can attack anywhere near water, no matter how little (even a bucket.) A group of teens from a near town learn about the creature and try to warn the people but are, predictably, ignored. They then decide to stop the attacks themselves.
The film includes the following tropes:
- The Alcoholic
- Black Dude Dies First: subverted as Cameron is the third victim of the protagonist group
- Conspicuous CG: While the shark in the film is portrayed by an animatronic most of the time, there are quite a few instances of this.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: There's a shark, and it's a g-g-g-g-ghost!
- Expy The animatronic shark in the film is a dead ringer for the animatronic shark in Jaws
- Fanservice: The carwash scene. It features several young, attractive women in barely-there bikinis. This gets blended with Nightmare Fuel when the ghost shark starts gobbling them up and we see one girl trashing her legs as she gets yanked into a bucket of water and devoured.
- Fold-Spindle Mutilation: The mayor gets hauled into the toilet butt-first.
- Hazardous Water: Any amount of water is sufficient to allow the ghost shark to manifest, even a Slip n' Slide.
- Justified Trope: The shark comes back not just because it was "murdered" but because of ancient magic.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Obviously, a shark that is also a ghost.
- Police are Useless: Naturally the police don't believe the story of ghost shark but the trope is subverted in the third act both the mayor and the chief of police actually try to kill the shark after it kills Cameron but are both quickly killed in the process as neither of them are near the sharks corpse and are both on a boat surrounded by water despite both seeing first hand that the shark doesn't need to be in the ocean to kill people
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Sacrificial Lamb: In Mick's small amount of scenes he proves that he can't swim very fast nor can he climb out of a pool or onto a boat by himself. No need to mention he's the fattest character in the group of protagonists in a movie about a vengeful and hungry ghost shark however, he is actually the second victim of the protagonist group; Taylor is the first.
- Shout-Out: Several to Jaws
- Threatening Shark