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Top 10 Shark Movies!

[:en]Do you love sharks? For many shark lovers the first time they learned about sharks was through the classic movie Jaws.  Shark movies rarely depict sharks accurately. They depict sharks as crazy killing machines that can leap from the water, fall from the sky during tornados, or chase down humans for miles and miles. In reality while sharks definitely deserve our respect AND space, they are one of the most important parts of the ocean food chain with zero interest in hunting humans.  While sharks might not be portrayed accurately in movies they can still be fun to watch for a little summer suspense. Check out the top 10 shark movies to watch this summer!


10. 12 Days Of Terror (2005)

Back in the days when people’s swimsuits reached their knees and a mutilated body being dragged up the beach made them gasp in horror rather than stand around filming it on their phones, the press was gripped by a spate of shark attacks which gave them the “ferocious maneater” reputation they maintain to this day (sharks, not journalists). If you like your bitey animal movies with a historical flavor, this period docudrama covers the famous Jersey Shore attacks of 1916, which are often cited as inspiration for Peter Benchley’s Jaws. He denied this in 2001, but the story sounds sadly familiar: multiple deaths abound when authorities are reluctant to acknowledge any danger.


9. Jaws 4: The Revenge (1987)

The storyline to Jaws 4 is a little lacking – but as part of the Jaws franchise it had to make the list! The sharp-toothed protagonist is presumably either a descendant of the sharks in Jaws 12, and 3, or an actual ghost/zombie, and is coming after all the members of the Brody family.


8. Jaws 3D (1983)

 This movie proves 3D animation has come a long way! The storyline is far-fetched but everyone should watch all the installments of the Jaws series at least once!


7. Shark Night 3D (2011)

Trapped on an island with no telephone reception, a group of teens realize too late that there is a shark in the lake (actually, the place is teeming with them), for reasons which will become clear.


6. Sharknado (2013)

The popularity of this instant classic has resulted in (to date) two sequels: Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014), and Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015). More are promised, so this could run indefinitely…

A tornado over the ocean causes a downpour of vicious sharks. No rocks, no seaweed, no squid. Just sharks. Ex-Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering stars as Fin (subtle, no?) who bands together with his bar room employee Cassie Scerbo and their pal John Heard, to track down his kids and ex-wife (Tara Reid, with a performance so cringeworthy it brings the entire film down. Sorry). It’s a cheerfully ridiculous romp which requires zero brain power and has countless flying maneaters.


5. Open Water (2003)

A haunting movie about a nightmare of a situation – two tourists left behind on a Great Barrier Reef diving trip. Unbelievably, it’s based on a true story; the real-life couple were the victims of a botched head-count on their tour boat in 1998.

The crazy facts continue: no CGI was used in the film, but actors Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis put their trust in chain mesh-undersuits and the constant supply of tuna snacks provided to keep the shark ‘actors’ from taking a nibble at them. Nearly half of the $130,000 budget was spent on an expert shark wrangler, Stuart Cove, to keep things safe.


4. Jaws 2 (1978)

Sequels rarely match the greatness of their predecessors, but Jaws 2 gives it a good bash, leading with one of the most infamous taglines ever: “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…” Roy Scheider gives it his all (in a film he wasn’t keen to make) as the man trying to convince the authorities that he isn’t paranoid.


3. The Reef (2010)

This low-budget but gripping movie was written and directed by Andrew Traucki, who apparently enjoys making menacing predator films (including The Jungle (2013) and 2007’s Black Water, an equally suspenseful crocodile flick).

The story is simple but effective; five Australian friends are sailing towards Indonesia when they hit a reef which wrecks their boat. Now they have a dilemma; do they stay with the vessel and hope somehow to be picked up (without a radio for mayday calls) or attempt to swim for shore? The script carefully makes it clear that it’s a lose-lose situation; you can’t berate the characters for making stupid decisions when they’re between a rock and a hard place. Or more accurately, between a drifting tide taking the boat out to sea, and swimming in shark-infested waters.


2. Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Intellectual it is not, but Deep Blue Sea (inspired by writer Duncan Kennedy’s childhood nightmares of sharks who could read his mind) is a Friday night pizza and popcorn movie. It’s action-packed, features more explosions than you’d expect in a film set at sea, and the sharks are super-intelligent and able to use ovens. What’s not to like?


1. Jaws (1975)

It really doesn’t matter what kind of amazing special effects or Oscar-winning acting is included in shark films of the future – nothing will ever replace Jaws as the big daddy of them all. It is too deeply entrenched in our collective psyche, too mired in myth and legend, just too damn good to ever be superseded from the top spot.



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