Ms. Silver Screen: Shark Films: The good, the bad, and the ugly


As a shark enthusiast and a cinephile, I love when these two things come together. Shark films have been a great love of my life since my dad showed me Jaws when I was age 8. I wouldn’t even stand by the drain in the shower for a very long time in fear that a giant great white would leap from the depths of my plumbing and finish me off.

Even so, I still wanted to watch it all the time. Have you ever been swimming in a lake even the pool in your backyard and heard that famous Jaws theme in your head. Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun… and then exited the water as though you suddenly had the ability to walk on it? Yeah, that’s what I like to call PTJD (Post-Traumatic Jaws Disorder). Let’s take a look at some of the finest shark films in all of their glory.

The best:

Jaws

Jaws spearheaded a movement in cinema that would change the art forever. Shark films were springing up everywhere after this one came out and I gotta say, they only went downhill. Next clip, please…

The second best:

Jaws 2

Hey lady, there’s a giant shark fin behind you… oh. Nevermind.

The it’s-so-bad-it’s-good:

Shark Attack 3: Megalodon

One of my favorite clips of all time. This is why we don’t steal from others and it’s always ladies first. That’s what you get, mister.

Biggest fail:

Open Water

The only thing worse than this actually happening is having to sit and watch the movie itself. Now, “Let’s swim out of this puke.”

Biggest shark:

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

There’s… something on the wing. It’s a gigantic shark. Did that shark just eat the Golden Gate Bridge? You betcha!

Least surprising death:

Deep Blue Sea

“No, I can’t stop screamin’! This is how I talk! I’m Samuel L. Jackson!” (CHOMP)

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