Composed By: Jeff Walton
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Sharks are all the rage these days. So are B-movies about sharks like Sharknado. Enter the super cheesy B-film called Super Shark. The persistent exposure to toxic chemicals caused by oil rig drilling causes a shark to become incredibly mutated. Gigantic is no way to describe this super killer with a bulletproof hide and the ability to walk on its fins. It's up to scientist Dr. Catherine Carmichael (Sarah Lieving), CEO of Traymore Industries (owner of the oil rig) Wade (John Schneider), a drunk boat captain (Tim Abell) and the military to end the super shark's murderous rampage of the L.A. shore.
The musical score of Super Shark was created by American musician and composer Jeff Walton who, by high school was a founding member of the new wave trio The Judy's. By the late '80s, the band had broken up and Walton was studying music at the University of Houston. It was there that he became interested in creating music for film. His first break came in 1992 in the form of a low-budget film named Fatal Justice. Since then, Jeff Walton has created musical scores for a number of films, including Curse of The Puppetmaster, Inferno, The Brotherhood, Dead of Knight, The Face of the Serpent and more.
In the musical score of Super Shark, the shark's theme is nothing like that of Jaws. This shark is represented by hard struck piano keys. Tracks of score for lighter moments in the film, such as Help Wanted, Water Sample and Kat is Safe feature soft guitars and pianos...though the snippet of score at the end of Kat is Safe may lead on to believe she really isn't. We know just when the military is brought into all of this - tracks after On the Beach feature a military flare complete with snare drum rolls and trumpets.
Super Shark has that old-school horror sound with the ominous piano strikes amongst loud, high-pitched horns and woodwinds. The softer scored tracks lend a false sense of safety mixed amongst the ominous dark sounds of those like Windsurfer Eats It and 1 Shark, 2 Girls. I suppose that the score matches up with the cheesiness of the film's storyline and visuals, but that doesn't mean that I loved it all that much. I liked the throw-back horror theme, but was not wowed by most of what the Super Shark Soundtrack had to offer. Fans of the film may want to buy the soundtrack, but I, for one, wouldn't want to pay $10.00US for a halfway enjoyable score.