Sharksploitation! 136 films from Jaws to now

 

Jaws-1975

Ever since Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster was unleashed in June 1975 there have been minor waves of sharksploitation movies. Following a dribble of Jaws imitators in the 80s and 90s, including the terrible third and fourth Universal Jaws sequels, the success of Deep Blue Sea (1999) initiated a new flurry of shark-themed films.

The success of The Asylum’s Mega Shark movies prompted ever more silly and outlandish productions that reached their apex with the increasingly self-mocking Sharknado franchise. Low budget producers took the bait and a spate of even sillier shark movie mutations washed over our screens. There was also an occasionally effective serious movie such as Bait 3D, The Shallows and 47 Meters Down, to remind us that sharks could indeed still be scary.

Meanwhile, the spoofs have continued and Deep Blue Sea spawned a couple of late-entry sequels. The long-gestating megabucks adaption of The Meg finally arrived in 2018 which then prompted a mockbuster from The Asylum. The last couple of years have also seen a number of Chinese shark movies, which often have an ironic ecological theme considering the country’s record on pollution. So, without further ado, here’s a monster listing of what sharksploitation has to offer:

1975:
Jaws

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1976:
The Jaws of Death aka Mako: The Jaws of Death
Shark Kill

1977:
Tintorera

1978:
The Sharks’ Cave
Jaws 2

1979:
The Shark Hunter
Zombie Flesh Eaters

1981:
Great White aka The Last Jaws

1983:
Jaws III aka Jaws 3-D

1984:
Monster Shark aka Devil Fish

1986:
Sharks Paradise

1987:
Jaws: The Revenge

1988:
Night of the Sharks

1990:
Deep Blood

1995:
Cruel Jaws

1996:
Aatank

1998:
Great White

1999:
Deep Blue Sea
Shark Attack

2000:
Shark Attack 2

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2001:
Shark Hunter

2002:
Megalodon aka Sharkzilla
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon

2003:
Dark Waters
Open Water
Red Water
Shark Zone

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2004:
12 Days of Terror
Blue Demon
Shark Attack in the Mediterranean

2005:
Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy aka SharkMan
Raging Sharks
Spring Break Shark Attack

2008:
Shark in Venice
Shark Swarm aka Great White

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2009:
Malibu Shark Attack
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
Psycho Shark aka Jaws in Japan
The Shark is Still Working

2010:
Dinoshark
Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus
The Reef
Sharktopus

2011:
Shark Night
Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beast
Super Shark
Swamp Shark

2012:
2-Headed Shark Attack
Bait
Dark Tide
Jaws of the Shark
Jersey Shore Shark Attack
Jurassic Shark
Sand Sharks
Shark Week

2013:
Avalanche Sharks
Ghost Shark
Sharknado

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2014:
90210 Shark Attack
Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws
Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark
Piranha Sharks
Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre
Sharknado 2: The Second One
Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda

2015:
3-Headed Shark Attack
Mega Shark vs Kolossus
Raiders of the Lost Shark
Roboshark
Shark Exorcist
Shark Killer
Shark Lake
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf
Zombie Shark aka Shark Island

2016:
Atomic Shark
Dam Sharks!
Dickshark – coming soon… maybe
Ice Sharks
Ozark Sharks
Planet of the Sharks
The Shallows
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens
Sharkenstein

2017:
5 Headed Shark Attack
47 Meters Down
Empire of the Sharks
House Shark
Land Shark (USA)
Mississippi River Sharks
Open Water 3: Cage Dive aka Cage Dive
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming
Toxic Shark
Trailer Park Shark

2018
6-Headed Shark Attack
Deep Blue Sea 2
Frenzy aka Surrounded
The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time
The Meg
Megalodon
Nightmare Shark
Post Apocalyptic Commando Shark
Santa Jaws

2019:
47 Meters Down: Uncaged
Bad CGI Sharks
Snow Monster

2020:
Amityville Island
Deep Blue Sea 3
From the Depths
Horror Shark aka Blood Shark
Land Shark
Ouija Shark
Shark Encounters of the Third Kind
Shark Season aka Deep Blue Nightmare
Sky Sharks
Up from the Depths
Virus Shark

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2021:
Apex Predators
Big Shark Attack
Escape from the Shark’s Mouth
Great White
Huge Shark
Jurassic Shark: Aquapocalypse
Killer Shark aka Death Shark
Megalodon Rising
No Shark
Noah’s Shark
Ouija Shark 2
Shark Huntress
Shark Island
Sharks of the Corn
Sharkula
Swim

2022:
Amityville Shark House
Big Shark (Tommy Wiseau!)
The Reef: Stalked

Our next listing will be Jaws rip-off movies!

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