I'm sure you know what I mean! When I was a kid, I thought Jaws 2 was as good as the original - it isn't. I've never seen Jaws 3, and don't plan on that changing. Never seen any of these Sharknado-type of things (and never will), and saw something called The Shallows (IIRC) which was passable, but no more. So I repeat, are there any other good ones?!
I thought Jaws 2 was good when I was a kid too. Not bad, but obviously not as good as the original. For research purposes, I’ve seen few modern crappy Sy-Fy channel shark films:
“2 Headed Shark Attack”, because I wanted to see the physics of how a two headed shark would move in the water, and which direction - of course, two heads pointing in a different direction doesn’t make for good aerodynamics, nor does it help the shark move forward in a straight line. Obviously in the film, it didn’t have a problem. Bad. Doesn’t bode well for ”5 Headed Shark Attack”…
“Ghost Shark”, because I wanted to know how a ghost shark would interact with physical people. Turns out the shark can appear in any body of water - sea, lake, river, swimming pool, etc etc. It also appeared out of a puddle for a victim, and even grabbed a victim who was underneath repairing a sink. Tells you all you all you need to know about the film really.
”Sand Sharks”, because I wanted to see how a shark can swim through sand as easily as it does water.
“Shark Huntress”, because the poster looked a bit cool, so you expect a cross between Jaws and Lara Croft. More like a cross between Flipper and Pippy Longstocking. Turned out to be a big eco-warrior advert, and keeping plastics out of the ocean to save fish, but at the same time trying to kill a shark - seemed a little contradictory! Quite possibly the worst film I’ve ever seen, which was why I didn’t even give it half a star.
”From The Depths” fared marginally better (I gave it half a star). Despite being a shark film, most of the film consisted of a girl who’s sister who was killed in a shark attack visiting her from beyond the grave. Hardly any sharks.
Obviously, they’re all bad. You can tell by the title just how bad they’re going to be. I cant remember whether I’ve watched part of, or all of the first Sharknado film, fully knowing what to expect. I haven’t watched any of the others.
My favourite shark films completely ignoring how good Jaws is, are Bait, Shark Night 3D, and Deep Blue Sea. None are great, but they’re a damn sight better than those previously mentioned. There’s also a three hour, two part TV series called Creature, written by Peter Benchley who wrote Jaws, which is a TV movie, but not too bad. The half man/half creature shark looks pretty cool. And I have to say, and I might get some flack for this, but one of my guilty pleasures is The Meg. Again, not a great film, but the first time I saw it was at the cinema (when I had an Unlimited card, so it was free - I didn’t pay!), and it looked great at the cinema. Funny seeing a shark cruise up to a large underwater window and stop, staring menacingly at a little girl, which looked like something like a scene out of Finding Nemo. But what’s funnier is watching a CGI shark out-act Jason Statham.
The Shallows is pretty good, as is 47 Meters Down (the follow up was ok), and The Reef is ok. That’s how I’d describe them, “ok”. Watchable.
There was a film released in 2015 called “Raiders Of The Lost Shark”, and one this year called “Shark Side Of The Moon”. You’ve just got to watch them with titles like that, haven’t you?!!