2-HEADED SHARK ATTACK
The lead for many of these films was given by the remake of Piranha (2010), which planted tongue considerably in cheek and determined to make a good old-fashioned exploitation film in ironic quote marks. Like Piranha, 2-Headed Shark Attack maximises the number of girls in bikinis and conducts a great many shots of them sunbathing. Indeed, you suspect that the ability to fill out a bikini was mandatory casting call for the women of the show more so than any necessary acting ability. Director Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray has clearly learned well from his father, prolific exploitation movie director Fred Olen Ray, who has made some seventeen softcore films with the word bikini in the title. To be fair, 2-Headed Shark Attack only has a single scene where it asks any of the actresses to take their bikinis off where Douglas-Olen Ray promptly has the two girls start making out. At the same time, the film is clearly taking itself not too seriously and is constantly deflating the macho cockiness of the guys hitting on the girls.
Certainly, the level of plotting, acting, directing and visual effects has improved immeasurably if one compares 2-Headed Shark Attack alongside Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus. The CGI effects in The Asylums films are not the greatest but they at least seem to be getting better by this point. Like Mega Shark, which was made with a minimal number of CGI effects shots, there are very few shots where the two-headed shark is seen directly reacting with any of the cast. This is also clearly not a film you are meant to take too seriously. The idea of a two-headed shark is something that you just have to regard as part of the films preposterousness the film never offers any particular explanation for its existence. There is an absurd improbability to some of the contrivations of the plot like the cast taking refuge on a small atoll that by vast coincidence then starts geologically collapsing into the ocean.
These Asylum films are not exactly known for their high-profile casting names, most of whom are faded names from the past who are trying to eke out careers in tv movies or as episode of the week guest stars. Top-billed is Baywatch (1989-2001) heroine Carmen Electra, still filling out a bikini well at the age of forty, but stuck in a backseat role where she gets surprisingly little to do. Charlie OConnell, the younger brother of Piranhas Jerry OConnell, does an admirably straight-faced job in the frontseat of the film.
The Asylum and Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray returned with the inevitable 3 Headed Shark Attack (2015) and 5 Headed Shark Attack (2017).
Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray (sometimes also credited as Christopher Ray) has become a regular director and producer at The Asylum. He has also directed Reptisaurus (2009), Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurs (2010), Almighty Thor (2011), Shark Week (2012), Asteroid vs. Earth (2014), A House is Not a Home (2015) and Mega Shark vs Kolossus (2015).