The term “summer blockbuster” first appeared in Hollywood in 1975 via Steven Spielberg’s Jaws - a movie about a man-eating great white shark. Also from that moment, the global audience has had a new fear. This sea creature with a huge body and shark teeth has spread the deathly obsession on wide screens. Check out the following list of must-watch horror movies with sharks of all time with!

Jaws (1975)

Jaws revolves around a great white shark and its countless attacks on tourists on the beach of New England, the US. With a budget of $9 million, this movie became the first one to collect a huge revenue of over $100 million. Jaws was then preserved by the National Film Registry due to its great influence on contemporary culture and cinema.

Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Following the trend of producing horror movies about sharks in 1990 - 2000, Deep Blue Sea revolves around a scientist group’s experiment on Mako sharks in a bid to cope with Alzheimer's in humans. However, two scientists secretly modify the genes of these sharks with the hope to gather more liquid from their brain tissues, and they have to pay for their mistake. Although Deep Blue Sea doesn’t win the hearts due to its script, it also receives a lot of positive reviews via thrilling and bloody scenes.

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Open Water (2003)

The movie gets inspired by a true story in 1988 and tells a story about a fated tour of a couple with their effort to heal their relationship. While they are diving into the sea, their scuba-diving group leaves the site without their awareness. The couple starts to cope with a scary shark.

Open Water focuses on deploying the freaking psychology of the two main characters. Via the real scenes about sharks’ behaviors, the audience experiences a lot of thrilling moments in 79 minutes. The movie gained great success with its revenue 10 times higher than the initial budget.

Open Water

The Reef (2010)

The horror movie from Australia revolves around a friend group on a vacation in Indonesia. When their yacht is sunken, they have no choice but to try to swim to an island away from 12 miles. It worth mentioning that their companion is a hungry and fierce shark. Director Andrew Traucki managed to create a series of thrilling situations and make his characters struggle to become the final survivors. Although the movie has a limited budget and a simple plot, it still gained high appreciation due to its entertainment value.

The Reef
The Reef.

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Shark Night (2011)

The movie mentions seven college friends on a vacation at a lake house. They are suddenly attacked by dozens of sharks and then, a dark plan has been gradually revealed. Amongst the horror movies involving sharks, Shark Night is the first one to be produced in 3D. It is directed by David R. Ellis - the director who is well-known for two horror movies including Final Destination and Snakes On A Plane.

Bait (2012)

Although it belongs to the list of best horror movies with sharks like Jaws or Deep Blue Sea, Kimle Rendall’s Bait is developed completely because this movie mentions nature disasters, making it more attractive to the audience. Like many other horror movies, Bait revolves around people who are stuck in a close space. While some are killed, a few survivors try their best to keep surviving the disaster. This movie’s plot doesn’t gain high appreciation but the audience in love with strong feelings still sends a lot of praise to its 3D bloody scenes.


The Shallows (2016)

At the time when horror movies with sharks no longer attracted the attention of the global audience, The Shallows was released and took this genre back to its golden era. The movie has a simple script and plot when Nancy (Blake Lively) is stuck 200 meters away from the shore, along with a fierce great white shark. Blake Lively is almost the only actor in this movie. With a budget of only $25 million, The Shallows manages to combine extreme horror and fear towards the killer of the ocean.

47 Meters Down (2017)

This horror movie with sharks rocked summer 2017. With the same topic as The Shallows, 47 Meters Down still has its own attraction. The two characters in this movie have to learn to survive at the bottom of the sea. Their challenges become more dangerous than ever because, besides hungry sharks, they need to calculate their own limits.

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The Meg (2018)

The Meg is a sci-fi horror movie directed by Jon Turteltaub. The movie is based on Steve Alten’s novel Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror that was first published in 1997. It was recognized as the last blockbuster in summer 2018. The Meg marked the collaboration of action star Jason Statham and Chinese beauty Li Bingbing. It is a great option for those who want to live in fear with horror movies and ancient sharks - Megalodon.

Above is the list of best horror movies with sharks you should consider watching this Halloween. If you are a big fan of Megalodon or great white sharks, don’t miss these movies!

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