Tintorera: Killer Shark

1977 [SPANISH]

Drama / Horror / Romance / Thriller

2
IMDb Rating 4.1 10 1044

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Synopsis


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Cast

Priscilla Barnes as Girl From Bar #1
Susan George as Gabriella
Fiona Lewis as Patricia
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801.92 MB
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English 2.0
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1 hr 27 min
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English 2.0
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1 hr 27 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tilapia 8 / 10

Not your average Jaws clone

I expected a Jaws clone and got a movie about threesomes. After I got over the initial shock I actually found Tintorera to be a sweet, almost classy, little male fantasy. Tintorera is actually a sex/beach-flick, and thus perfectly captures the feel of the seventies take on sexual revolution; an era of hedonistic disco parties, sexual experimentation and short, loveless sexual encounters. Rene Cardona Jr. regular Hugo Stiglitz looks great as a wealthy boy on vacation, Esteban, who "finds himself" in a three part relationship with the cute Gabrielle and his former sexual competitor Miguel, the Shark hunter. Meanwhile the feared Tintorera, a big-ass tiger shark, is having a feast on the sexed-out beach community. The "f***-and-die" concept, usually seen in slasher films, is clearly visible and you could say that Tintorera's attack on the swimmers are really an attack on the sexual revolution. If you want cheese you'll have no trouble finding it (the Darth Vader-like breathing of Tintorera or the underwater conversations between Esteban and Miguel directly springs to mind...), but don't look to hard since the larger parts of the movie is actually pretty well-made and totally undeserving of its bad reputation (which I think is more due to the whole idea of a shark/sex movie, than the movie itself). Chances are you might actually enjoy it, as I did.

Also, if you are a gay man interested in exploitation cinema you are bound to like it: the homosexual overtones between Esteban and Miguel are painfully obvious and there are numerous shots of Hugo Stiglitz cute little ass.

7/10 on a regular scale

Reviewed by bensonmum2 5 / 10

Can you say "sleaze"?

  • It will be difficult, but I'll try to keep the plot description as brief as possible. The movie opens with shots of a tiger shark. Next we see our main character, Steve, who meets and has sex with Patricia. Patricia leaves Steve for Miguel. Steve gets into a fight with Miguel that only serves to push Patricia and Miguel closer. After a night of sex with Miguel, a tiger shark kills Patricia. More scenes of a tiger shark. Miguel and Steve become friends and meet two girls, Kelly and Cynthia. They have sex with the girls. One night the girls decide to have a party on Steve's boat. Steve becomes furious and kicks them off the boat. Oh, I think I saw a tiger shark! Next, Steve and Miguel meet Gabriella. Soon, Steve, Miguel, and Gabriella are living together, playing together, and having sex together. Gabriella buys three wedding rings and the group becomes unofficially married. A tiger shark kills Miguel and Gabriella leaves because their threesome has come to an end. Cue the scenes of the tiger shark. Steve now meets Girl from the Bar #1 and #2. They go to a party where Steve trades them for his old lovers, Kelly and Cynthia. Everyone decides to get naked and swim to Steve's boat. Cynthia and Girl from the Bar #2 don't make it. Can you say "tiger shark"? Finally, Steve battles the tiger shark for 3 or 4 minutes. The End. (Okay, so that wasn't very brief.)


  • Tintorera is a nice example of trash cinema at its finest. It's one of the sleaziest movies I've seen. It's hard to watch Tintorera and not feel dirty. I don't care how it's listed on IMDb, Tintorera is really soft-core porn with a few scenes of a tiger shark thrown in so it could be marketed as horror movie and a Jaws rip-off. Throughout most of the movie we're treated to scene after scene of people in little or no clothing, both male and female, drinking, smoking, and having sex. When they aren't busy doing this, Miguel and Steve enjoy lounging around in their Speedos drinking, smoking, and discussing having sex. In fact, and I'm not exaggerating, Miguel's naked butt has more screen time than the tiger shark. These people are so busy porking one another that it takes them forever to realize that their friends are being killed. And, as the scenes of the tiger shark are so infrequent, I almost forgot about it too.


  • When we do see the tiger shark ripping people apart, it's surprisingly well done. I would go so far as to say that it surpasses even Jaws in the gory depiction of a shark attack. The sight of a tiger shark swimming with Miguel's head in it's mouth is as horrific as anything in most any other shark movie I've seen. And it's not just the sharks doing the killing. The animal killing in Tintorera is more plentiful than in a lot of the other, better known, exploitation movies of the 70s. In their spare time, Miguel and Steve enjoy shooting sharks in the head and spearing barracudas. The movie shows literally dozens of sharks, turtles, and assorted fish being killed. It's really nasty stuff.


  • Finally, a word about the rating I've given Tintorera. I'll admit that it's really not a very good movie. But, I couldn't bring myself to rate it any lower because it kept me interested and amused throughout. It's a lot like a car wreck - it's difficult to look away.


  • Okay, I'm going to go take a bath.

Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies 4 / 10

Sexy sharks

When I was a kid in the 1970's, I was sitting in a B. Dalton's reading - parents routinely dropped kids off places to read without any fear of kidnapping back then - and discovered a copy of Alex Comfort's The Joy of Sex on a shelf. I had no idea what it was at the time, but the drawings (by Chris Foss, who would go on to work on Alien, Flash Gordon and Jodorowsky's Dune) were upsetting to me. Hairy soft focused seventies post-hippies getting it on didn't jibe well with my single digit mind.

I forgot what that feeling was like. And then I watched Tintorera...Tiger Shark.

This movie is based on the novel of the same name by oceanographer Ramón Bravo, an undersea explorer who studied the 19-foot-long species of shark known as "tintorera" and also discovered the sleeping sharks of Isla Mujeres. You may know him better for his role as the underwater zombie in Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2.

Here's the thing - this is a shark movie, but it's also pretty much a softcore adult movie about the three-way relationship between the heroes. As such, this is the only shark movie I've watched all week with full frontal male nudity, which is something of an accomplishment.

Hugo Stiglitz from Nightmare City plays Steven, born in the US but a Mexican businessman here in Cancun for vacation. He falls for Patricia (Fiona Lewis, Dr. Phibes Rises Again) but breaks up with her when he can't decide whether or not he's in love with her. Ah, the 1970's.

Jealousy ensues when she starts hooking up with Miguel (Andrés García, a real-life former diving instructor who is also in Bermuda: Cave of the Sharks), the swimming instructor at the resort. After those two dance the devil's dance and Steven gets all misty-eyed, she goes skinny dipping and ends up being eaten by a tiger shark that seems to have breathing problems, judging by the soundtrack.

The two fight over what happened to Patricia, but neither ever learn that she was devoured by a shark. That night, the two hook up with Kelly and Cynthia Madison, two American college students looking for fun, and swim to Steven's yacht as the heavy breathing shark follows them. They swap beds all night long before heading back to the resort and the shark decides to leave them alone. Kelly is played by Jennifer Ashley, who was also in The Phantom of the Paradise, Chained Heat and Guyana: Cult of the Damned, while Cynthia is Laura Lyons, which is her real name and not a stage name inspired by the Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles. She was Playmate of the Month for February 1976 and actually led a strike amongst the club bunnies that led to better wages and rights for them. Other than an appearance on TV's Love, American Style, this is the only other acting role in her career.

Steven and Miguel decide to partner up both in a shark hunting business and in being womanizers. They start shooting all manner of sharks, but Miguel warns Steven that if they ever meet a tiger shark that they must immediately get out of the water.

The guys meet Gabriella (Susan George, Die Screaming, Marianne) and take her shark hunting. She hates it, but falls for both men. They decide to form a triad relationship where they can't be with any other woman or fall in love with her. Remember those The Joy of Sex drawings I mentioned earlier? Get ready to watch the play out as the three make love, make omelets and sightsee the Mayan ruins.

Sadly, the next time they go shark hunting, the tiger shark reappears - surprise! - and bites Miguel in half. Gabriella is so upset that she leaves, never to return. Steven vows revenge on the shark and beats up every shark he can find, upsetting even the most hardened fishermen. Surely, they tell him, he has killed the tiger shark by now.

Nope. It's still out there, killing fishermen and lying in wait for Steven. At a beach party with Kelly, Cynthia and two new American girls (one of them is Priscilla Barnes from TV's Three's Company and The Devil's Rejects), everyone skinny dips. As Steven and Cynthia make out nude in the water, the tiger shark comes back and tears the woman literally out of his embrace. Everyone is injured by the shark's attack and Steven makes a promise to kill the shark himself.

You may be wondering: how will Steven go about killing this shark? If you guessed "he's going to blow it up" then congratulations. You've been watching just as many shark movies as I have. Are explosives the shark's natural predator?

Anyhow - Steven uses a devilfish to lure the shark close and then he hears its breathing, because that's how sharks work. He succeeds in turning that shark into a million pieces, but loses his arm in the process. He wakes up in a hospital bed, minus an arm but filled with happy memories of the sexy times he shared with Miguel and Gabriella.

Keep in mind when you seek out this film that there are two versions. One is 85 minutes long and is more of a shark film. Then there's the 126 minutes long cut that's chock full of swinging Mexican resort sex. Also, a warning for those of you sensitive to these matters: many of the scenes of fish being caught and killed underwater are unsimulated. That should be no surprise to anyone who has seen a René Cardona Jr. directed film, as he threw live birds through windows in Beaks: The Movie and a cat over a wall in Night of a Thousand Cats. He's also responsible for the borderline insane film The Bermuda Triangle, as well as the scum-ridden cash-in Guyana: Crime of the Century.

Tintorera...Tiger Shark is one of the stranger films I've watched, not only in my shark obsessed week of trying to watch every single pre-Sharknado film of this genre, but really in all the films I've watched. I have no idea who it is truly for, yet appreciate its willingness to indulge in spectacle and scum, whether that be people hooking up or being eaten in front of your very eyes.

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