Monday, February 8, 2010

Cyclone (1978)

CYCLONE attempts a to create a huge disaster film on a minimal budget, which it successfully manages to convey through an impressive opening storm and clever use of models and miniatures. The film gained notoriety for supposedly containing scenes where real human cadavers were fed to sharks, but the fact has never been confirmed. After a violent shipwreck, the stranded survivors face terrible storms, dehydration, shark-infested waters, and the inevitable cannibalism when the food supply runs low. This isn't your fevered and frenzied cannibalism from the Italian zombie films of the 70s and 80s, but a reluctant means for survival similar to ALIVE. It isn't long before paranoia and self-preservation begins causing strife on board, especially with water running desperately low. The dry documentary style filming and stifled acting fails to bring any heart to the picture, leaving the film to rely on the more exploitative elements to carry the plot. These are delivered in a few shocking moments where the survivors are eaten alive by sharks, a dog is skinned for meat, and human becomes the new menu item. In the end, the film lacks the emotional punch needed to win over the audience, but considering its size and scale, it is a valid disaster effort out of Mexico that is worth checking out!

Rating: 5/10.
Gore: 5/10.
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  1. Synapse released an upgrade of this title, Carl a year or two ago. I agree with you on this, too. Personally I think it could also do with some editing. The butchering of the dog was a difficult scene for me even if it wasn't real. The last half where the people really start to lose it and the shark attack finale almost makes up for it, though. The Cardona's are responsible for some choice sleaze such as GUYANA, SURVIVE! and TREASURE OF THE AMAZON.

  2. Did he also do TIBERON!, or was that another Mexican director? Im a huge fan of his dad's SANTA CLAUS now, that shit is awesome!

  3. I've actually seen 'Treasure of the Amazon' and keep meaning to review it. It's decent, but not great. Any film that has Donald Pleasance as a Nazi is not all bad.

    Fun fact: I tried to rent Fred Olen Ray's 'Cyclone,' but was sent this movie instead. I was not amused.

  4. The cover for that CYCLONE is pretty sweet too, well one version of it at least.

  5. I'm not familiar with TIBERON, Carl. Do you mean TINTORERA, the shark movie? I often get Cardona Sr. and Jr. confused. Both were responsible for some choice Mexi horror and exploitation movies. TREASURE OF THE AMAZON I like quite a bit.

  6. Yes thats right its TINTORERA, I was thinking Tiberon as in "Shark" in Spanish

  7. Sorry to scare you guys, but the dog? he really was killed


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