Fan Theories About Shark Movies That We Hadn't Thought About

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Films involving animals has always been fun and exciting, especially when it falls within the adventure and thriller genres. A long running fan favorite is shark movies. From iconic films like Jaws that set the standard, to blood filled romps like Sharknado, movies about sharks continue to leave the audience wanting more. From unanswered questions to character quirks, so many have dived into giving thoughts and opinions. More than a few passionate fans managed to come up with some truly interesting theories about shark movies.

Check out these shark movie fan theories below, and don't forget to vote!

  • 1
    196 VOTES

    Quint Should Have Just Gone Out Alone In 'Jaws'

    From Redditor u/sonofabutch:

    “I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates. There's just too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail… the whole damn thing.” Without Brody and Hooper aboard, Quint kills the shark himself, or at least, fares better.

    • He would have tied-off his own barrels to the harpoon gun, and shot the shark in the head as he wanted instead of waiting for Hooper, resulting in hitting it in the side.
    • He would have been less reckless when it comes to pushing his boat and ruining the engine. When Brody and Hooper tell him to slow down, he defiantly speeds up. Without them aboard, he has nothing to prove.
    • And finally, even if everything else happens the same exact way, Quint’s death is Hooper’s fault: he loses his grip because one of Hooper’s oxygen tanks rolls onto his hand, crushing his fingers. Without Hooper’s stuff aboard, Quint can hang on long enough that the shark goes away or is stuck on the boat and dies.
    196 votes
  • 2
    114 VOTES

    There's A Victim In 'Jaws' That Was Never Mentioned

    From Redditor u/YaOliverQ:

    We all have seen Jaws, and it’s pretty clear that kill count consists of 6 victims - Chrissie Watkins, Alex Kitner, Pipet (or Tipet) the Dog, Ben Gardner, Estuary Men and Sam Quint. Well, be ready to add another one to this list. When going shark-hunting Ben Gardner has a young fella helping him (he can be seen in scenes where Hooper is introduced and in the “shark-hunting” scene, the last time we will see Ben Gardner Alive). This young men is never to be seen again, and judging from facts that he was last seen with Ben Gardner on the boat, we can pretty much 100% tell that he was killed by Bruce The Shark.

    114 votes
  • 3
    171 VOTES

    Quint Knew About The Shark In 'Jaws' Before The Attack

    From Redditor u/downmore:

    Quint (the fisherman from Jaws) encountered the shark during his outings fishing. He knew it was a man-eater and made no attempt to catch it because it'd be worth more to him if it killed a few swimmers first. This would explain his lack of awe versus Brody and Hooper when they got a good look at the shark for the first time. It wasn't Quint's first time seeing it.

    171 votes
  • From Redditor u/batsmcgee:

    The genetically enhanced super sharks in Deep Blue Sea were made to create a cure for Alzheimer's. They almost made a breakthrough. What if after sharks swam backwards and the lab was destroyed a salvage team was sent back to get the research. Many years later a young scientist named Will Rodman begins running clinical trials on a new Alzheimer's drug that not only cures the disease, but makes apes and humans smarter.

    81 votes
  • 5
    107 VOTES

    Hooper Was The One Who Vandalized The Amity Island Sign In 'Jaws'

    From Redditor u/SelectiveSanity:

    Mayor Vaughn is complaining to Sheriff Brody and Matt Hooper about how somebody has vandalized the Amity Island 50th anniversary sign. While they're talking Hooper chips in.

    "Mr. Vaughn, what we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, an eating machine. It's really a miracle of evolution. All this machine does is swim and eat and make little sharks, and that's all. Now, why don't you take a long, close look at this sign."

    Its at this point in the film they know it's a big shark and not the tiger shark some random 2nd fiddle background character caught. Hooper had always suspect the shark would have to be a big one after viewing the remains of Chrissie Watkins, and the tooth he found in hull of the sunken ship cemented it.

    And then Hooper finishes with this one line that always stood out to me. "Those proportions are correct."

    And he knows they're correct because he's the one who painted them on the billboard. Hooper is an intelligent man and he's smart enough to know Mayor Vaughn is more than willing to bury a few more Alex Kintners and Chrissie Watkins if it means the 4th of July weekend brings in tourist dollars for the town's economy. He knows Vaughn is worried that if the town doesn't have a successful season he'd be voted out office. And he knows Vaughn will say claim the shark they already caught was the main culprit and nobody could have thought there would be 2 man eating sharks. He knows no matter what he says to the man, he's not going to close the beaches. And he didn't graffiti the sign to scare him, he did it to scare as many people as he could out of the water. If you can't change the mind of the man in charge, inform the people of the problem they're dealing with.

    107 votes
  • 6
    83 VOTES

    Shark Movies Stopped Trying To Be Serious On Purpose

    Shark Movies Stopped Trying To Be Serious On Purpose
    Photo: Syfy

    From Redditor u/alamozony:

    As a service to shark conservation, shark movies stopped trying to be serious depictions. It's been frequently noted that the image of sharks as merciless killers, perpetuated by Jaws, helped rapidly decrease their numbers. Hollywood is aware of this, which is why most shark movies since then have been absolutely mindless laugh-fears.

    83 votes