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The Most Entertaining Awful Shark Horror Movies

Updated January 6, 2021 6.7k votes 856 voters 77.2k views56 items

List RulesVote up the most ridiculously funny & violent shark terror films. No well-made cinematic masterpieces (i.e. no Jaws).

This list is not the best shark movies—it's the opposite of that. While the Discovery Channel has been airing Shark Week since 1988, studios have been producing objectively awful low-budget shark movies for much longer than that. Think Sharknado was the beginning of the craze? Try a little Oscar-winner called Jaws, which became the first ever summer blockbuster when it hit theaters in 1975. On the heels (TAIL FINS?) of its success, studios the world over churned out one crappy shark horror film after another. They didn't care whether or not they had the budget for high-quality effects (they didn't), a visionary director (nope), or even a story that made sense (pshh). What they had was TEETH! And BLOOD! And SEXY TEENAGERS GETTING IMPALED BY THE SHARK'S TENTACLES OR WHATEVER!

Have you spent a lot of time watching campy shark films on SyFy? What do you look for in a shark terror movie? While some may want highly suspenseful set-ups wherein boaters may be able to escape—if only they don't make any dumb decisions—others are looking for supremely impossible hybrid shark beasts that slaughter their victims in creative ways... even their victims who are inside, several miles inland, maybe just inspecting the pipes of their own kitchen sinks. (Spoiler: That happens in Ghost Shark.) Still other audiences may want great carefully-selected casts who are performing simply for the love of the genre, not because they need the money (like seasoned thespian Carmen Electra in 2-Headed Shark Attack) or because no one else will hire them (Brooke Hogan, same film).

Do you prefer goofy plasticky models or insanely lazy and childish CGI sharks? Do you want a complicated storyline that involves one guy demanding that some other guy close the beaches, but the second guy won't because of all that $$$? Do you prefer your sharks to be science experiments gone wrong or just some enormous, natural supposedly-extinct monsters that have been hiding at the bottom of the ocean for millions of years? Do you even care, as long as there's screaming and blood? This list includes both wide releases and made-for-TV shark movies, including those marvelous suckfests in SyFy's Maneater Series. Vote up your favorite terrible shark horror films, and click "rank your version" below to make your own list.

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  • Megalodon1
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    Megalodon

    Mark Sheppard, Robin Sachs

    Released2002

    Directed byPat Corbitt

    Megalodon is a 2004 American shark film. It takes place out on a deep sea oil rig.
  • Sharknado2
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    Sharknado

    Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo

    Released2013

    Directed byAnthony C. Ferrante

    Sharknado is a 2013 science fiction TV movie directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.
  • Jaws 3-D3
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    Jaws 3-D

    Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson

    Released1983

    Directed byJoe Alves

    Jaws 3-D is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by Joe Alves and starring Dennis... more on Wikipedia
  • Sharktopus4
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    Sharktopus

    Eric Roberts, Roger Corman

    Released2010

    Directed byDeclan O'Brien

    Sharktopus is a 2010 SyFy original horror/science fiction film produced by Roger Corman,... more on Wikipedia
  • Ghost Shark5
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    Ghost Shark

    Mackenzie Rosman, Dave Randolph-Mayhem Davis

    Released2013

    Directed byGriff Furst

    Ghost Shark is a 2013 Syfy television horror sci-fi directed by Griff Furst. The film... more on Wikipedia
  • Shark Night 3D6
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    Shark Night 3D

    Katharine McPhee, Sara Paxton

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

    Shark Night is a 2011 American 3-D horror action film directed by David R. Ellis and written... more on Wikipedia
  • Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus7
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    Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus

    Debbie Gibson, Lorenzo Lamas

    Released2009

    Directed byJack Perez

    Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus is a monster/disaster film by The Asylum, released on May 19,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Meg8
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    The Meg

    Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee

    Released2018

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    The Meg is a 2018 American science fiction action horror film directed by Jon Turteltaub,... more on Wikipedia
  • Monster Shark9
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    Monster Shark

    Dagmar Lassander, William Berger

    Released1984

    Directed byLamberto Bava

    Monster Shark is a 1984 Italian-French natural horror film, and one of several environmental... more on Wikipedia
  • Dinoshark10
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    Dinoshark

    Eric Balfour, Roger Corman

    Released2010

    Directed byKevin O'Neill

    Dinoshark is a 2010 low budget Syfy horror film. It was shown on Syfy on March 13, 2010.
  • Jersey Shore Shark Attack11
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    Jersey Shore Shark Attack

    Paul Sorvino, Tony Sirico

    Released2012

    Directed byJohn Shepphird

    Jersey Shore Shark Attack is a 2012 television film that aired on Syfy on June 8, 2012 and was... more on Wikipedia
  • Mako: The Jaws of Death12
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    Mako: The Jaws of Death

    Richard Jaeckel, Harold Sakata

    Released1976

    Directed byWilliam Grefe

    Mako: The Jaws of Death is a 1976 thriller film directed by William Grefe. The film is about a... more on Wikipedia
  • 2-Headed Shark Attack13
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    2-Headed Shark Attack

    Carmen Electra, Brooke Hogan

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Olen Ray

    2-Headed Shark Attack is a horror film by The Asylum, released on January 31, 2012 in the... more on Wikipedia
  • Sharknado 2: The Second One14
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    Sharknado 2: The Second One

    Tara Reid, Kurt Angle

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony C. Ferrante

    Sharknado 2: The Second One is a 2014 American satirical disaster film comedy and a sequel to... more on Wikipedia
  • Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy15
    99
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    Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy

    Hunter Tylo, William Forsythe

    Released2005

    Directed byMichael Oblowitz

    Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy, also known as Sharkman or simply Hammerhead, is a 2005 Syfy original... more on Wikipedia
  • Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda16
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    Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda

    Conan O'Brien, Robert Carradine

    Released2014

    Directed byKevin O'Neill

  • Mega Shark Vs. Mecha Shark17
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    Mega Shark Vs. Mecha Shark

    Debbie Gibson, Elisabeth Röhm

    Released2014

    Directed byEmile Edwin Smith

  • Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!18
    78
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    Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

    Ian Ziering, Tara Reid

    Released2015

    Directed byAnthony C. Ferrante

    Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! is a 2015 American action comedy horror film directed by Thunder... more on Wikipedia
  • Super Shark19
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    Super Shark

    John Schneider, Jimmie Walker

    Released2011

    Directed byFred Olen Ray

    Super Shark is a 2011 sci-fi action film starring John Schneider, Sarah Lieving and Tim Abell... more on Wikipedia
  • Swamp Shark20
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    Swamp Shark

    Kristy Swanson, Wade Boggs

    Released2011

    Directed byGriff Furst

    Swamp Shark is a 2011 American horror film directed by Griff Furst and starring Kristy... more on Wikipedia
  • Shark Hunter21
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    Shark Hunter

    Antonio Sabàto, Jr.

    Released2001

    Directed byMatt Codd

    The Megalodon shark. A prehistoric killing machine 60 feet long, flashing 200 pounds of teeth...
  • Shark Attack 3: Megalodon22
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    Shark Attack 3: Megalodon

    John Barrowman, Ryan Cutrona

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid Worth

    Shark Attack 3: Megalodon is the second sequel to Shark Attack, released in 2002 straight to... more on Wikipedia
  • Bait 3D23
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    Bait 3D

    Phoebe Tonkin, Julian McMahon

    Released2012

    Directed byKimble Rendall

    Bait is a 2012 action, thriller horror film written by Russell Mulcahy and by John Kim and... more on Wikipedia
  • Sand Sharks24
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    Sand Sharks

    Brooke Hogan, Julie Marie Berman

    Released2011

    Directed byMark Atkins

    Sand Sharks is a 2011 Sci-Fi horror film written by Cameron Larson and directed by Mark... more on Wikipedia
  • Shark in Venice25
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    Shark in Venice

    Stephen Baldwin, Bashar Rahal

    Released2008

    Directed byDanny Lerner

    Sharks in Venice is a 2008 American natural-horror film directed by Danny Lerner and starring... more on Wikipedia