There’s some-fin in the water – Greatest ‘shark attack’ films of all-time
The release of Jaume Collet-Serra’s shark thriller The Shallows was exciting for a shark-movie aficianado like myself. I mean seriously – my blog is called ‘Amity Island’ and I write under the name Chief Brody. That in itself makes The Shallows close to my personal movie event of the year (and don’t even get me started on 2018’s Meg).
My love of shark movies started when I was just two years old, when my ultra cool (or terribly irresponsible, depending on your point of view) mother and grandmother took me to the drive-in to see Jaws. Obviously I don’t remember everything about that night at the drive-in (I’m pretty sure my mum was expecting me to sleep through it) but I do remember parts of it, and my love (and fear) of sharks became one of my earliest memories. Jaws today stands as my favourite all-time movie and one that I’ve watched countless times.
I was still only about four when my nan and pop made the outstanding decision to take me to see Tintorera, a soft-core porn Jaws rip-off featuring a killer tiger shark (what did I care about the nude lady bits and the subject of polygamy – I was there to see the shark) and not long after I was a five year-old with his feet curled up on his seat in the cinema as I caught Jaws 2. My parents even made the dodgy decision to take me to the cinema to see Great White (aka The Last Shark).
Sadly, Jaws aside, the killer shark genre has never reached any great heights, but The Shallows has proven a worthy entrant into the killer shark genre, and inspired me to put my questionable movie tastes to the test by listing out my ‘Lucky 7’ favourite shark movies of all time, and I would absolutely love to know how you think I’ve done.
7. Bait 3D (2012)
‘A tsunami just flipped the food chain’.
An armed robbery and an unfortunately timed tsunami combine to leave a group of shoppers trapped in a flooded supermarket with a couple of deadly friends to keep them company. Sounds absolutely ridiculous, right? The kind of thing that belongs alongside titles such as Sharknado and other such nonsense. Bait 3D is truly a pleasant surprise. Decent production values, a nice cast that includes Sharni Vinson (You’re Next, Step Up 3D) and Julian McMahon (Nip Tuck, Fantastic 4) and some good shark effects makes this a more than watchable film that provides a fun way to kill a couple of hours. Some of the set pieces, especially those featuring the car in the parking garage, are wonderfully well done. I could probably have ranked it higher, but the premise is a bit dodgy. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy!
6. Deep Blue Sea (1999)
‘Beneath this glassy surface, a world of gliding monsters’.
Much maligned by fans and critics alike, Deep Blue Sea was supposed to herald the resurgence of the killer shark film. Whilst it didn’t quite hit the mark, and it does contain some fairly questionable effects and ropey dialogue, it is still strong enough to rank relatively highly amidst the killer shark genre. Thomas Jane (The Mist, Dreamcatcher), LL Cool J (NCIS LA, Any Given Sunday) and Michael Rappaport (you’ll know him when you see him) provide enough humour to keep us engaged, and most of the story-telling is at least plausible (within its own setting, that is). With a decent budget it looks good on the screen, and is a must-watch among killer shark enthusiasts. Samuel L Jackson’s survival speech provides probably the most entertaining moment in the movie.