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The Most Entertaining Awful Shark Horror Movies 

Carly Kiel
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Updated October 1, 2019 6.9k votes 844 voters 76.5k views 60 items

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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Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett

Released: 1983

Directed by: Joe Alves

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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Mark Sheppard, Robin Sachs, Al Sapienza

Released: 2002

Directed by: Pat Corbitt

Megalodon is a 2004 American shark film. It takes place out on a deep sea oil rig.
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Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, Julie McCullough

Released: 2013

Directed by: Anthony C. Ferrante

Sharknado is a 2013 science fiction TV movie directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.
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Eric Roberts, Roger Corman, Shandi Finnessey

Released: 2010

Directed by: Declan O'Brien

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

Released: 2013

Directed by: Griff Furst

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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Katharine McPhee, Sara Paxton, Chris Carmack

Released: 2011

Directed by: David R. Ellis

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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Debbie Gibson, Lorenzo Lamas, Stephen Blackehart

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jack Perez

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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Eric Balfour, Roger Corman, Aarón Díaz

Released: 2010

Directed by: Kevin O'Neill

Dinoshark is a 2010 low budget Syfy horror film. It was shown on Syfy on March 13, 2010.
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Paul Sorvino, Tony Sirico, William Atherton

Released: 2012

Directed by: John Shepphird

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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Debbie Gibson, Elisabeth Röhm, Christopher Judge

Released: 2014

Directed by: Emile Edwin Smith

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Carmen Electra, Brooke Hogan, Charlie O'Connell

Released: 2012

Directed by: Christopher Olen Ray

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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Tara Reid, Kurt Angle, Vivica A. Fox

Released: 2014

Directed by: Anthony C. Ferrante

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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Conan O'Brien, Robert Carradine, Rib Hillis

Released: 2014

Directed by: Kevin O'Neill

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Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joseph Sargent

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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John Schneider, Jimmie Walker, Sarah Lieving

Released: 2011

Directed by: Fred Olen Ray

Super Shark is a 2011 sci-fi action film starring John Schneider, Sarah Lieving and Tim Abell and directed by Fred Olen Ray.
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Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

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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John Barrowman, Ryan Cutrona, Bashar Rahal

Released: 2002

Directed by: David Worth

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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Kristy Swanson, Wade Boggs, Robert Davi

Released: 2011

Directed by: Griff Furst

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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Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo

Released: 2015

Directed by: Anthony C. Ferrante

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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Brooke Hogan, Julie Marie Berman, Corin Nemec

Released: 2011

Directed by: Mark Atkins

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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Stephen Baldwin, Bashar Rahal, Vanessa Johansson

Released: 2008

Directed by: Danny Lerner

Sharks in Venice is a 2008 American natural-horror film directed by Danny Lerner and starring Stephen Baldwin, Bashar Rahal and Vanessa Johansson. According to several websites, the plot of the ...more
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Gina Torres, Jaleel White, Robert Picardo

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Olen Ray

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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Phoebe Tonkin, Julian McMahon, Sharni Vinson

Released: 2012

Directed by: Kimble Rendall

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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Peta Wilson, Chelan Simmons, Warren Christie

Released: 2009

Directed by: David Lister

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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Dagmar Lassander, William Berger, Gianni Garko

Released: 1984

Directed by: Lamberto Bava

Monster Shark is a 1984 Italian-French natural horror film, and one of several environmental disaster films to emerge following the success of the 1975 film Jaws, including films such as: Great ...more