Jaws in a supermarket. Probably not the easiest sell, but director Kimble Rendall (The Jesters) got away with it, and somehow managed to persuade a decent cast including Xavier Samuel (The Loved Ones), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) and Sharni Vinson (You’re Next) to play along. Mind you, a decent script helps, and aided by six writers, Bait is full of fun, with a CGI shark to die for.
After an unstoppable tsunami destroys everything in its path, a sunny paradise beach town is suddenly turned into a living hell. Trapped in a submerged supermarket after a botched robbery, a group of survivors are desperately trying to find an escape route. To make matters worse, they are being hunted by a very large, and very hungry, great white shark.
Scariest of all, however, is the performance by Dan Wyllie as Kirby. Seriously, you’ll be rooting for the shark. Luckily, for the most part there’s plenty to enjoy. The body count is impressive, as are the deaths themselves, and despite a few end-of-the-pier effects, this is a tight, cleverly constructed horror that works just as well without the 3D glasses. If Jaws is the Gucci, Bait is certainly no cheap imitation. The only thing missing is a Dale Winton cameo. DW