Written by Scott 'Sharky' Edwards
Small beach towns can have it tough from time to time, mainly if they do not have a consistent revenue source. It seems like this should never be an issue for anyone on the beach, but if they don’t have money coming in from tourists, they never survive. While some beach communities don’t want to rely on this sort of thing, it is the easiest influx of cash they can make over the summer. Everyone loves the beach and if you throw a festival, it can show how much people love even the small ones. There is very little that can keep people away from such an opportunity and with a quick buck to be made, it is next to impossible to say no.
The small island of White Sands is having a problem on the beach as a biker has been found, actually, only his head has been located. Sheriff John Stone and his deputy sister Brenda give it a look and try to find a reason why this seems so out of place. With the head appearing to be dragged on top of the sand, they are ready to rule out an animal attack, but they have no idea what it could have been. Calling in to Doctor Sandy Powers for help on the case, the officers have no idea what is in store for them and their small community.
Arriving home with a great idea of how to put White Sands back on the map, Jimmy Green is able to get a meeting with the Mayor, his father, to present a plan to throw a festival on the beach. The Sandman Festival will give the town a much-needed cash influx that they have been lacking in tourist trade. Even though he is a little bit against it, the Mayor agrees. There is little risk to the event and a high reward to be had if his son can pull it off, but there is something strange happening under the sands of the beach and nobody seems to understand what it can be.
Finding another body near the waterline, a callout to all fishermen on the island goes out and everyone is chomping at the bit to find the shark that is eating their neighbors. But the crazy Angus knows exactly what everyone is up against, a sand shark that swims in the sand is on the loose and he is the only one who can stop it. Everyone laughs at the old fisherman, but they quickly find out that he is right. As Jimmy sees one of his employees being eaten on the beach by the shark, a strong jolt of electricity is able to take out the ancient beast. Since the show must go on and the shark is dead, Jimmy is able to bring the island what he promised, but things do not go smoothly as the smell of blood is too great to keep any of these predators at bay.
A fun idea as sharks have taken over the waterways, why not have them start to make their way to land, or under soft land at least. The beach is usually a safe place to enjoy yourself, but with an old beast finding a new feeding ground, well, all bets are off. The hatred towards Jimmy throughout the movie is so much fun, as you get to hear what he did in his past and he tries to atone for it by throwing a massive party, he even has a moment of clarity about what is happening, but as he says, the party must go on. Watching people get sucked down into the sand without a trace, other than a little bit of blood or a head of course was way more entertaining than I expected it to be. With plenty of sharks, plenty of blood, a scientist that is starting to understand, a promoter that will not heed the warnings and a finale that will leave you wondering if glass is really the answer. It is a fun movie overall and I love the ideas that came into play during it, especially when you are trying to kill off something that has never been seen before, on a beach at least. Stay Scared.