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The Most Entertaining Awful Shark Horror Movies  

Carly Kiel
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List Rules Vote 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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Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, Julie McCullough
Sharknado is a 2013 science fiction TV movie directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.
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Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett
Jaws 3-D is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by Joe Alves and starring Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson and Louis Gossett, Jr. It is the second sequel to Steven ...more
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Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing
The Meg is a 2018 American science fiction action horror film directed by Jon Turteltaub, based on the book by Steve Alten. Former Naval captain and expert diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is ...more
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Katharine McPhee, Sara Paxton, Chris Carmack
Shark Night is a 2011 American 3-D horror action film directed by David R. Ellis and written by Will Hayes and Jesse Studenberg. It stars Sara Paxton, Katharine McPhee, Alyssa Diaz, Dustin ...more
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Tara Reid, Kurt Angle, Vivica A. Fox
Sharknado 2: The Second One is a 2014 American satirical disaster film comedy and a sequel to the 2013 television film Sharknado. It was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, with Tara Reid and Ian ...more
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Mark Sheppard, Robin Sachs, Al Sapienza
Megalodon is a 2004 American shark film. It takes place out on a deep sea oil rig.
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Jaws: The Revenge Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles
Jaws: The Revenge, is a 1987 American horror thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent. It is the third and final sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws and the fourth and final installment in the ...more
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Eric Roberts, Roger Corman, Shandi Finnessey
Sharktopus is a 2010 SyFy original horror/science fiction film produced by Roger Corman, directed by Declan O'Brien, and starring Eric Roberts.
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Mackenzie Rosman, Dave Randolph-Mayhem Davis
Ghost Shark is a 2013 Syfy television horror sci-fi directed by Griff Furst. The film premiered on the Syfy channel on August 22, 2013.
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Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! is a 2015 American action comedy horror film directed by Thunder Levin and the third installment in the Sharknado film series.
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Debbie Gibson, Lorenzo Lamas, Stephen Blackehart
Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus is a monster/disaster film by The Asylum, released on May 19, 2009, in the United States and on August 7, 2009, in the United Kingdom. It was directed by Ace ...more
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Kristy Swanson, Wade Boggs, Robert Davi
Swamp Shark is a 2011 American horror film directed by Griff Furst and starring Kristy Swanson, D. B. Sweeney, Robert Davi, Jason Rogel, Sophia Sinise, Richard Tanne, and Jeff Chase. The film ...more
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John Barrowman, Ryan Cutrona, Bashar Rahal
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon is the second sequel to Shark Attack, released in 2002 straight to video. The film is notable for featuring John Barrowman who later found fame in popular shows such as ...more
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Phoebe Tonkin, Julian McMahon, Sharni Vinson
Bait is a 2012 action, thriller horror film written by Russell Mulcahy and by John Kim and directed by Kimble Rendall .
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Brooke Hogan, Julie Marie Berman, Corin Nemec
Sand Sharks is a 2011 Sci-Fi horror film written by Cameron Larson and directed by Mark Atkins. The film is from the story written by Cameron Larson and Joe Benkis.
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Eric Balfour, Roger Corman, Aarón Díaz
Dinoshark is a 2010 low budget Syfy horror film. It was shown on Syfy on March 13, 2010.
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Gina Torres, Jaleel White, Robert Picardo
Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus is a monster disaster film by The Asylum, released on December 21, 2010 in the United States. The film stars Jaleel White, Gary Stretch, Robert Picardo, Dylan Vox, ...more
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Carmen Electra, Brooke Hogan, Charlie O'Connell
2-Headed Shark Attack is a horror film by The Asylum, released on January 31, 2012 in the United States. The film stars Carmen Electra, Charlie O'Connell and Brooke Hogan. The film premiered ...more
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Peta Wilson, Chelan Simmons, Warren Christie
Malibu Shark Attack is a 2009 TV film, directed by David Lister and produced for the Syfy channel. It is the 19th film in the Maneater Series.
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Conan O'Brien, Robert Carradine, Rib Hillis
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Debbie Gibson, Elisabeth Röhm, Christopher Judge
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Paul Sorvino, Tony Sirico, William Atherton
Jersey Shore Shark Attack is a 2012 television film that aired on Syfy on June 8, 2012 and was written by Michael Ciminera and Richard Gnolfo. It was built around the popularity of the MTV ...more
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Colin Egglesfield, Danny Keough, Jenna Harrison
12 Days of Terror is a 2004 television film that premiered on Animal Planet, and later on The Discovery Channel, directed by Jack Sholder and starring Colin Egglesfield, Mark Dexter, Jenna ...more
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wonderfuldevil@gmail.com added Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering, Gyton Grantley
The Reef is a 2010 Australian horror film. The film was written and directed by Andrew Traucki, his second feature film, and is about a group of friends who capsize while sailing to Indonesia. ...more
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John Schneider, Jimmie Walker, Sarah Lieving
Super Shark is a 2011 sci-fi action film starring John Schneider, Sarah Lieving and Tim Abell and directed by Fred Olen Ray.