SHARK WEEK SPECIAL: Sharks in Venice (2008)

sharks in venice

It’s Shark Week once again! Our regularly-scheduled Dredd episode has been co-opted since we forgot we made Shark Week an annual tradition; this week, Clint and Jared go it alone to get chummy with Sharks in Venice! A SyFy Original Movie of the Sharknado mold, this film sees puffy-faced Stephen Baldwin run to Bulgaria—I mean Venice, it’s totally Venice – to track down his missing father and a bunch of gold from the Crusades that some great white sharks are protecting for a crazed Italian mobster? (I dunno, you figure it out.) Along the way, we try to figure out just what these sharks are doing in this weird Indiana Jones ripoff, why Baldwin and his fiancée are so shitty to each other, and so much more. Check it out along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

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sharks in venice cocktail

This variant of the Negroni (gin, Campari, vermouth) sees the gin supplemented with Luxardo Amaro and Fernet Branca to create our dry, pun-tastic drink. 

1 part gin
1 part Luxardo Amaro
dash, orange bitters
1 part Fernet Branca

Stir into a glass over ice; garnish with mint leaf and serve. 


  1. Every time someone says a word in Italian
  2. Any time characters just enter or exit a room
  3. Whenever you see gratuitous establishing shots of Venice
    (Bonus: drink whenever a shark chomps someone. Because it just doesn’t feel right to not have a shark-based rule for our Shark Week movie.)


Captain Buonaserra says, “There are no sharks in Venice, capisce?”

Next week, we see what happens when studio executives try to encapsulate everything about 90s pop culture into a single film, with the cartoon-basketball epic Space Jam!

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