FILL YOUR bowl with buttered popcorn, dim the lights and prepare to go back into the water with my top five creepy Shark outings that are set far from Amity Island (and no, I’m not talking about Jaws 3-D or Jaws: The Revenge) and not including 47 Meters Down or The Shallows.
TOP FIVE NON-JAWS RELATED SHARK FILMS
47 Meters Down has made sharks scary again after a slew of comedy-driven shark flicks that have been overcrowding the market place, thanks to the Sharknado franchise. But still the most famous shark movie experience to grace celluloid is Steven Spielberg’s unbeatable classic, Jaws. Spielberg single-handedly unleashed a new kind of terror and, inadvertently, a new horror movie sub-genre. Since Jaws dozens of filmmakers have attempted to recapture the primal fear that Spielberg’s classic instilled in cinemagoers but most have failed miserably. While I’ve got nothing against the campiness of recent genre outings I like my sharks with all their fangs and a whole lot of bite. So here are my top five genuinely scary and entertaining shark flicks that are non-Jaws related. Strap yourself down, it’s going to be a jumpy ride!
5. Orca (1977)
Okay, not strictly a shark movie but certainly worth a mention. This deeply disturbing gem definitely stands out from the up and coming top four. The only reason it’s at number five is because it’s a whale and not a shark. Orca, released two years after Jaws, is about an orca whale that witnesses his mate and child’s death at Captain Nolan’s hands. Orca, the killer whale, then goes on a rampage in the fishermen’s harbour. Under the villagers’ pressure Nolan, Rachel Bedford and an Umilak sail after the great beast and a battle to the death ensues.
4. Deep Blue Sea (1999)
This has some amazing moments that will leave you reaching for the cushion but due to its comedic overtones this has only reached the number four spot. Searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the bait as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.
3. Shark Night 3D (2011)
Shark Night 3D has some decent thrills and chills with pretty ‘killer’ SFX’s to go with it. It’s more on a par with Piranha 3D than Jaws but it’s definitely worth checking out. The film takes place over a weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf, which soon turns into a nightmare for the seven vacationers as they are subjected to shark attacks.
2. Bait (2012)
This effective shark flick is only let down by a few goofy SFX’s. With a bigger production budget this would have surely had a wider release and a much better reception. Bait 3D follows a group of people who get trapped in a supermarket after a tsunami hits the coast of Queensland, Australia. But they soon find out that they have more to worry about than being in a flooded grocery store. There are 12-foot sharks swimming around them; the food chain just got flipped!
1. The Reef (2010)
At number one I have chosen the gloomy, atmospheric The Reef, directed by Andrew Traucki, which removes any shits for giggle moments and replaces them with sheer terror and anxiety of the unknown depths below. The film follows the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef as a great white shark hunts them down and picks them off one by one.