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The Most Entertaining Awful Shark Horror Movies

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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  • Mark Sheppard, Robin Sachs
    137
    66

    Released2002

    Directed byPat Corbitt

    Megalodon is a 2004 American shark film. It takes place out on a deep sea oil rig.  ...more
  • Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo
    232
    107

    Released2013

    Directed byAnthony C. Ferrante

    Sharknado is a 2013 science fiction TV movie directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.  ...more
  • Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan
    136
    70

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

    Newly arrived at her family's lake-island cabin, college student Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends prepare for a weekend of fun in the sun. But soon after they dive into the lake, football player  ...more
  • Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson
    171
    95

    Released1983

    Directed byJoe 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 Spielberg's  ...more
  • Eric Roberts, Roger Corman
    140
    90

    Released2010

    Directed byDeclan 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.  ...more
  • Mackenzie Rosman, Dave Randolph-Mayhem Davis
    113
    77

    Released2013

    Directed byGriff 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.  ...more
  • Debbie Gibson, Lorenzo Lamas
    100
    68

    Released2009

    Directed byJack 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 Hannah  ...more
  • Jason Statham, Li Bingbing
    96
    18

    Released2018

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Previously thought to be extinct, a massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific. With time running out, a visionary  ...more
  • Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles
    122
    64

    Released1987

    Directed byJoseph 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 Jaws  ...more
  • Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering
    35
    17

    Released2010

    Directed byAndrew Traucki

    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. The  ...more
  • Eric Balfour, Roger Corman
    73
    66

    Released2010

    Directed byKevin O'Neill

    Dinoshark is a 2010 low budget Syfy horror film. It was shown on Syfy on March 13, 2010.  ...more
  • Tara Reid, Kurt Angle
    142
    78

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony 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
  • Ian Ziering, Tara Reid
    72
    41

    Released2015

    Directed byAnthony 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.  ...more
  • Paul Sorvino, Tony Sirico
    67
    67

    Released2012

    Directed byJohn 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 well-known  ...more
  • Conan O'Brien, Robert Carradine
    57
    52

    Released2014

    Directed byKevin O'Neill

  • Debbie Gibson, Elisabeth Röhm
    65
    62

    Released2014

    Directed byEmile Edwin Smith

  • Carmen Electra, Brooke Hogan
    67
    61

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher 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
  • John Barrowman, Ryan Cutrona
    78
    53

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid 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
  • Phoebe Tonkin, Julian McMahon
    61
    42

    Released2012

    Directed byKimble Rendall

    Bait is a 2012 action, thriller horror film written by Russell Mulcahy and by John Kim and directed by Kimble Rendall .  ...more
  • Brooke Hogan, Julie Marie Berman
    72
    51

    Released2011

    Directed byMark 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.  ...more
  • Kristy Swanson, Wade Boggs
    73
    52

    Released2011

    Directed byGriff 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 was  ...more
  • Kathy Baker, Bryan Brown
    21
    15

    Released2005

    Directed byPaul Shapiro

    Spring Break Shark Attack is a 2005 joint South African/American made-for-TV thriller film written by James LaRosa and directed by Paul Shapiro, and stars Shannon Lucio, Riley Smith, and Justin  ...more
  • John Schneider, Jimmie Walker
    46
    52

    Released2011

    Directed byFred 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.  ...more
  • Colin Egglesfield, Danny Keough
    28
    22

    Released2004

    Directed byJack Sholder

    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 Harrison  ...more
  • Gina Torres, Jaleel White
    71
    61

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher 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