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Sharksploitation flick “CRUEL JAWS” (with the “Snyder cut”) etc. coming on Severin Blu-ray; details, art, trailer

Friday, August 28, 2020 | Blu-ray/DVD, News


Severin Films is truly plumbing the depths of Italian exploitation fare with a notorious JAWS knockoff and more coming next month.

On September 29, the company will unleash CRUEL JAWS, in which HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD and SHOCKING DARK’s Bruno Mattei (under the pseudonym William Snyder) not only imitates Spielberg’s classic but “borrows” footage from Enzo G. Castellari’s GREAT WHITE and Joe D’Amato’s DEEP BLOOD. Remastered uncut in HD, it’ll be presented in both Mattei’s home video version and “The Snyder Cut.” Also coming that day is Michael E. Lemick/Michele Massimo Tarantini’s MASSACRE IN DINOSAUR VALLEY, co-scripted by the ubiquitous Dardano Sacchetti, in which paleontologist Michael Sopkiw (BLASTFIGHTER) and fashion models encounter bloodthirsty cannibals (but not dinosaurs), scanned in 4K uncut from the original negative. Rounding out the releases is PRIMITIVES, another jungle flesheater shocker from Indonesian director Sisworo Gautama Putra before he made the groundbreaking SATAN’S SLAVE, scanned in HD from the vault negative for the first time ever. Special features are as follows:


  • “The Great White Way–A Study in Sharksploitation” with Rebekah McKendry
  • “These Things Got Made!”: Interview with actor Jay Colligan
  • Trailer

A bunch of exclusive merch is also available for this one, including a “jaw-droppingly sleazy” novelization by Brad Carter, a limited-edition slipcase inspired by the Japanese release (with an “unpromotable” title), a toilet decal, a squirt gun and a Sharkmania head scarf.


  • “Valley Boy”: Interview with actor Michael Sopkiw
  • “Lost in Brazil”: Interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
  • Deleted and extended scenes reel
  • Trailer/Italian credits


  • “Producing PRIMITIVES”: Interview with producer Gope T. Samtani
  • “Way Down in the Jungle Deep”: Interview with screenwriter Imam Tantowi
  • Trailer
  • Alternate UK opening and closing titles

All of these films and merch bundles are now available for pre-order at the Severin Films webstore

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.