Celebrate Shark Week With These 6 Great & Terrible Shark Movies

By Bradford Hornsby
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(Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is in full swing with documentary after documentary on the most feared of sea creatures. If you are tired of solemn narrators and just want to see some blood in the water here are six great and horrible Shark films.

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Deep Blue Sea (1999):

Synopsis: A group of scientists create genetically altered sharks which are bigger, smarter, faster and meaner. After a big storm damages their remote research facility, they must fight for their lives as the sharks hunt them down, one by one.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Deborah Kara Unger, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Rapaport, Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, and LL Cool J

Featured Shark(s): Genetically engineered mako sharks

Why You Should Watch: There are a few spectacular shark attack scenes plus LL Cool J and his pet parrot are priceless.

Rotten Tomatoes: 56%

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Sharknado (2013):

Synopsis: When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature’s deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace.

Starring: Tara Reid, Jaason Simmons, Cassie Scerbo, John Heard, Ian Ziering

Featured Shark(s): Various

Why You Should Watch: It is about a tornado made of sharks. Need we say more. Plus there is a sequel called “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%

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Shark Night (2012):

Synopsis: Arriving by boat at her family’s Louisiana lake island cabin, Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends quickly strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when star football player Malik (Sinqua Walls) stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the party mood quickly evaporates. Assuming the injury was caused by a freak wake-boarding accident, the group realizes they have to get Malik to a hospital on the other side of the lake, and fast. But as they set out in a tiny speedboat, the college friends discover the lake has been stocked with hundreds of massive, flesh-eating sharks! As they face one grisly death after another, Sara and the others struggle desperately to fend off the sharks, get help and stay alive long enough to reach the safety of dry land.

Starring: Dustin Milligan, Sara Paxton, Sinqua Walls, Alyssa Dia, Joel David Moore, Chris Carmack

Featured Shark(s): Bull, cookiecutter, hammerhead, tiger, and great white sharks

Why You Should Watch: Campy spin off of the classic teen slasher films that also features some of the rarer yet still deadly sharks.

Rotten Tomatoes: 17%

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Open Water (2003):

Synopsis: Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left.

Starring: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein

Featured Shark(s): Oceanic White Tip Sharks

Why You Should Watch: It is very minimalist film but still has some very creepy and chilling moments.

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

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Jaws (1975):

Synopsis: An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

Featured Shark(s): Great white shark

Why You Should Watch: It is a classic film that still holds up despite some dated special effects. It also spawned the classic “in over your head” line: “I think we need a bigger boat.”

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

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Oh and just because it is almost as ridiculous as Sharknado …

Bait 3D (2012):

Synopsis: A freak tsunami traps shoppers at a coastal Australian supermarket inside the building … along with a pack of tiger sharks.

Starring: Xavier Samuel, Phoebe Tonkin, Sharni Vinson

Featured Shark(s): Tiger sharks

Why You Should Watch: Revel in the ridiculous.

Rotten Tomatoes: 47%

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