‘Sharksploitation’ Director Talks Goblin Sharks and ‘Deep Blue Sea’


Just when you thought it was safe to back into the water, director Stephen Scarlata (Jodorowsky’s Dune) has brought his new documentary Sharksploitation to Shudder. With a veritable series of filmmakers, conservationists, and horror critics, Scarlata and crew explore the history of the sharksploitation subgenre, tracing its development from toothy classic Jaws and beyond.

About the film:

“In the wake of the blockbuster classic Jaws, a new subgenre was born. This new documentary explores the weird, wild cinematic legacy of sharks on film and the world’s undying fascination. The film features multiple interviews including Roger Corman, producer of Sharktopus and Dinoshark; Joe Dante, who directed Corman’s Piranha; Carl Gottlieb, writer of Jaws 1, 2 and 3; Johannes Roberts, director of 47 Meters Down, and Mario Van Pebbles, who starred in Jaws the Revenge along with marine and environmental conservation advocate Wendy Benchley, who was married to late Jaws, author Peter Benchley.”

I sat down with director Stephen Scarlata to discuss our favorite sharks, our favorite shark movies (Deep Blue Sea is supreme), and the role of sharksploitation cinema in furthering conservation efforts. Watch the interview below, and be certain to check out my review of Sharksploitation.

Check out the full interview here:

Sharksploitation is available now on Shudder.



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