Graveyard Shift 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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Conan O'Brien, Robert Carradine, Rib Hillis

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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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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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Debbie Gibson, Elisabeth Röhm, Christopher Judge

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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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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.

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Ranker Video 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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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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Ranker Video added Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb Soul Surfer is a 2011 American biopic drama film directed by Sean McNamara. It is a film adaptation of the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back ...more

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Ranker Video added Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bissett, Eli Wallach The Deep is a 1977 adventure film directed by Peter Yates and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The film stars Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, and Nick Nolte.

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Dagmar Lassander, William Berger, Gianni Garko 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

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3 Headed Shark Attack is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Entertaining Awful Shark Horror Movies added Karrueche Tran, Jaason Simmons, Rob Van Dam

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Richard Jaeckel, Harold Sakata, Buffy Dee Mako: The Jaws of Death is a 1976 thriller film directed by William Grefe. The film is about a brooding loner who accidentally learns that he has a telepathic and emotional connection with ...more

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Ranker Video added Kathy Baker, Bryan Brown, Shannon Lucio 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

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Stephen Baldwin, Bashar Rahal, Vanessa Johansson 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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Hunter Tylo, William Forsythe, Jeffrey Combs Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy, also known as Sharkman or simply Hammerhead, is a 2005 Syfy original movie, written by Kenneth M. Badish and Boaz Davidson, and directed by Michael Oblowitz. The film ...more

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jrtheflash added Coolio, Kristy Swanson, Lou Diamond Phillips Red Water is a 2003 made for television horror film starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Kristy Swanson, Gideon Emery and Coolio.

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Ranker Video added Ernie Hudson, Casper Van Dien, Bentley Mitchum Shark Attack is a 1999 television film directed by Bob Misiorowski starring Casper Van Dien, Jenny Mcshane, and Ernie Hudson.

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NathanSchroeder added Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf Casper Van Dien, Catherine Oxenberg, Iggy Pop

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NathanSchroeder added Raiders of the Lost Shark Dan Desmarais, Peter Whittaker, Kitty Kamieniecki

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Ranker Video added Great White Death Glenn Ford Great White Death is a 1981 documentary/mondo film about great white sharks narrated by Glenn Ford. The film is notable for its Faces of Death-like footage of actual shark attacks.

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Ranker Video added Blue Water, White Death is a 1971 American documentary about sharks.

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Avalanche Sharks is a 2013 Canadian horror film directed By Scott Wheeler and written By Keith Shaw. It stars Kate Nauta, Emily Addison, Alexander Mendeluk, Mika Brooks and Jack Cullison.

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Ranker Video added Nikita Ager, Danny Keough, Thorsten Kaye Shark Attack 2 is a 2001 direct-to-video horror film based in Wick, Scotland.

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Ranker Video added Ralf Möller, Patriq Pinheiro, Oona-Devi Liebich

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Ranker Video added Campbell Cooley, Alan Bagh, Juliette Danielle Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws is an upcoming New Zealand film directed by Andrew Todd & Johnny Hall. It was shot on a Canon 550D in Auckland, New Zealand, with additional shooting taking place ...more

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Antonio Sabàto, Jr., Grand L. Bush The Megalodon shark. A prehistoric killing machine 60 feet long, flashing 200 pounds of teeth and weighing over 20 tons. It's the deadliest predator the world has ever seen. The scientists say ...more

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Ranker Video added David Caruso, Stacy Keach, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis is a 1991 film directed by Robert Iscove.

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Vic Morrow, James Franciscus, Giancarlo Prete Great White is a 1981 Italian horror film directed by Enzo G. Castellari and starring James Franciscus and Vic Morrow. The film is extremely similar to Steven Spielberg's Jaws and was marketed ...more

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Ranker Video added Vijay, Tamannaah Bhatia, Sameera Reddy Sura is a 2010 Tamil action film written and directed by S. P. Rajkumar, starring Vijay in the lead role, starring in his 50th film, along with Tamannaah.Sura was produced by Sangili Murugan and ...more

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Ranker Video added Kon-Tiki is a Norwegian documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl in 1947, released in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark in 1950, followed ...more

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Daryl Hannah, June Squibb, John Schneider Shark Swarm is a film created by RHI Entertainment as part of the Maneater film series. It premiered on Syfy on May 25, 2008. Directed by James A. Contner and written by Matthew Chernov and ...more