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Saturday, 21 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - S is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge

S is for ... Sharks

Today we have another theme within a theme post, because what list of movie monsters would be complete without sharks? It was a bit of a shock when I realised I can name more shark movies than I can werewolf movies! I have chosen just five :)

Scariness Rating

The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

3-Headed Shark (3-Headed Shark Attack)

The 3-headed shark is an Asylum special. The Asylum specialise in crazy monster movies and mock-busters and they have some of the most diversely cast films out there. They have low budgets, but often great scripts (although I can't always attest to the great acting).

The 3-headed shark is a mutated great white and chomps its way through cast members like Jaws could only dream about.

You'll be glad to know this is the sequel to 2-headed shark attack, and it has its own sequel called 5-headed shark attack. They're silly, but lots of fun and I chose this one because it has Danny Trejo.

Ghost Shark

This is one badass shark. In life it ate the fish a fisherman had his eye on, so they tortured it to death. Little did they know its body would end up in a supernatural cave at the bottom of the ocean, that brought back its spirit for revenge.

We can't really blame the shark for going after its killers in this one, in fact it's a time for cheering, but then it decides its going to take revenge on all humans in general. Its ghostly powers means it can attack through any source of water, be it a river or a bowl.

This film has a ridiculous premise, but it goes for it and it's highly entertaining. There is even a Ghost Shark 2!


Of course I could not mention sharks without the classic.

Jaws was the first movie that made us afraid to go into the water. The shark is a rogue great white that terrorises beach-goers on Amity Island in New England. Of course the shark's arrival has to coincide with the 4th July.

Some of the most iconic shots in Jaws were created because the mechanical shark didn't work as well as it was supposed to. I can only imagine what the film would have been like with more shark, because this is one terrifying monster anyway.

My husband and I watched this movie again the other night and, I have to say, when it comes to shark against Quint, I was rooting for the shark! But I do love Roy Schieder, so when it came to Chief Brody vs shark I had to root for Brody.


Don't you just love portmanteus? :) Sharknado is exactly what you think it is, a waterspout tornado with sharks in it. The movie is a comedy and hence the laws of physics do not apply as strictly as if it was straight sci-fi.

In this movie a waterspout dumps sharks from the ocean onto LA and the sharks proceed to eat people. No, I am not kidding.

It's a silly movie, but they're up to number 5 now, so they have to be doing something right. Yes, I have all of them.

Snow Shark

And you thought a tornado of sharks was silly, wait until you hear about the last monster I have for you.

There's been an earthquake near a small New York town, and subsequently some strange animal deaths. Of course intrepid biologists want to know what is going on. They both die for their science as they discover the creature - the snow shark!

This is a prehistoric beasty that can swim through snow rather than water and it  has a taste for human flesh. No one standing in the snow is safe!

I feel there should be a Dun Dun Dun at the end of each of these descriptions :) I was rather surprised to realise I can count more shark monster movies off the top of my head than werewolf movies.

Q: So, which shark would you least like to go up against? Do you have any favourite shark movies I have not mentioned?

AtoZ List of All Participants


  1. Hari OM
    I did actually see Jaws - it was early enough for me to be not quite in my common-sense head yet! I love the shark in Finding Nemo...does that count? YAM xx

  2. Snow shark! That cracks me up. I've never watched a shark movie (I have seen bits of Jaws). The only shark movie I can lay claim to watching is the one Yamini mentioned and that's Finding Nemo (love Bruce).

  3. Hi Tasha - I never did get to watch Jaws - probably a good thing ... but the others some could be plain fun (I guess!) ... cheers Hilary

  4. I have a soft spot for godawful shark movies XD We used to watch them on "bad movie nights" with friends. I laughed my ass off at Sharknado, for example, but Ghost Shark also sounds hilarious :D :D

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  5. Sharks are scary anyway, apart from the gentler types like whale sharks, they have been around a lot longer than we have, terrorising the ocean all that time. The one in Jaws is the scariest of the lot,

    S Is For Seven Little Australians


  6. S is for Spielberg = Sharks and Scary music...


  7. Oh my gosh, so many terribly shark movies I need to see, so little time

    Song a Day
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  8. The only one I've seen is Jaws and that was years ago when I was a kid. I remember really enjoying it, but so many people think it's scary and even as a kid I didn't think it was

  9. My spouse has a thing for sharks and I get the fear of the real thing. I have seen these films and was afraid of 'Jaws' although, in my defence, I was very young at the time. The others - not so much.

  10. I've never managed to watch Jaws the whole way through. Sharks are real 'monsters', so I can't deal with Shark movies. Deep Blue Sea gives me nightmares.

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  11. I think I could avoid all of them by staying away from snow, sharknados etc., but that one that can appear in a glass of water ... shiver.

  12. Jaws freaked me out and the scene where Roy says “you need a bigger boat” still makes me jump. I had to laugh at Sharknado and the others you mention make me laugh just reading your description. I would never want to swim or be neat a great white...ever. My aunt, when she was on her honeymoon, went swimming in the ocean and, when she saw her new husband, my Uncle, waving, she waved back. When she came in he came up to her as well as other people and he asked wh6 she didn’t come in when he waved to her. He told her he and the other people onshore saw a shark closing in on my aunt only to veer off at the last second

  13. I recall that while watching Jaws in the theater, the whole audience jumped and screamed when it first surfaced. So scary. I haven't seen Sharknado yet, but my sister loves it. I must make time to watch it.

  14. Scary, scary, scary! I'm glad it doesn't snow here and that I don't live close to the ocean. Now I'm worried about the swimming pool...

    Ronel from Ronel the Mythmaker A-Z road-tripping with Everything Writerly: S is for Seeing


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