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People who added this item 4461 Average listal rating (2936 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8

When Psycho made people a bit hesitating about taking showers, Jaws made people stay completely out of water. Which is why I'm glad that the swimming season is over for now. Jaws is an effective horror film that is superbly told, filmed and acted. A young Steven Spielberg really established himself as a director with this film, and he did prove that very often, less is more. One of the many genius things about Jaws is that they rarely show the shark. Certainly, it was mainly because they had some trouble with the shark models, but the end result is nevertheless terrifying. What we don't see, and instead think we see, is often scarier than what we do see.

Spielberg does build suspense with great skill. Watching swimming feets underwater accompanied with John Williams legendary score is nearly too much to handle. But, while Spielberg does nearly everything right. There are some flaws here. At least for my taste. It does get a bit messy, chaotic, repetitive at times. There are also certain scenes that feels unnecessary, that breaks the flow of the film and ruins the tension.
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People who added this item 39 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.7

47 Meters Down manages to do a lot with a very simple, yet equally terrifying premise. It's in many ways marketed as a killer shark film, but for the most part, the sharks takes the back seat of this film. Only to appear when the suspense is at its highest. Instead much of the tension in 47 Meters Down is built around limited air supply, loss of radio signal, limited space to move and decompression sickness. Director Johannes Roberts manages to do a lot with this, and there are several scenes that are nail-bitingly tense with the sharks being well-used whenever they appear. They are used in some sort of jump-scare way, but instead of it feeling cheap, the scares are well-earned due to how Roberts have built up the tension beforehand.

The characters of the film are somewhat annoying, and I do think that they talk way too much and sometimes of things that they really shouldn't be talking about, given their circumstances. Yet, that's only a minor nitpick in what's a gorgeously looking and tense underwater thriller.
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People who added this item 599 Average listal rating (408 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.7

Open Water is an unfairly overlooked and bashed film. The reasons for that is quite simple. Some people just don't have the attention for anything. This film is at times absolutely terrifying due to its realistic approach on being stranded out in the middle of the ocean, with sharks lurking under your feet. And it's just not about the sharks. The film greatly manages to capture every psychological aspect, as well as every natural medical illness that might occur when floating in the water for several hours.

It also helps that this film has likeable characters giving real performances, making it easy for us to sympathize with them in their situation. This also causes the tension to feel more real.
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As far as killer shark films go, The Shallows is pretty great. I'm not a big fan of Blake Lively, but her performance is the driving force of this film, along with great pacing and a clever usage of the shark. The shark is not over-exposed, and we really only get to see the shark whenever Lively's character sees it as well. This puts us right in to her head, and drives the tension forward.

The pacing is great, but there are some story elements in this film that doesn't work. The film is really scarce on story, but they have attempted to create some back story here to force some emotion in to this film. It falls completely flat, and I would have preferred the film to be a pure and simple survival story without any plot points disturbing it.
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People who added this item 740 Average listal rating (501 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.7
Need a re-watch for me to able to write about it. Hopefully that will happen soon.
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This is the kind of film that one hopes falls into the "so bad it's good" category. Expecting great acting and layered stories from a title with the name of 2-Headed Shark Attack is a game you'll end up losing. So the value of this film lies in how bad it can get. And luckily, it's for the most part so bad that it ends up being pretty entertaining. Unfortunately, it's also very often just cringeworthy bad.

It's amusement lies in how horribly bad the CGI of the shark is, and how terribly looking the shark attacks are. I found myself laughing for a minute every time the shark ate someone. It's also amusing that they got Aaron Eckhart to play a leading role in it. Of course I know it wasn't him. (just looks like him) But despite the hilarity in the shark attacks, 15(?) unattractive, bumbling idiotic teenagers turned out to be more annoying than fun. And that ruins 2-Headed Shark Attack on an entertainment level.
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People who added this item 243 Average listal rating (182 ratings) 3.4 IMDB Rating 3.3

One would think that a film with the title and premise of Sharknado would be the ultimate "so bad it's good" film. Sadly. It's not. The problem is that seeing as the film's goal is probably to be so bad that it's good, it lacks the thing that truly makes a film "so bad it's good". Which is that it's not done on purpose. The charm comes when the people involved actually thinks they're making a good film. That's not the case with Sharknado.

So what we're left with is simply a film that's rather bad, mostly dull and not as entertaining as it really should have been. It doesn't deserve the hype.
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People who added this item 1336 Average listal rating (893 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.8

The film has one "holy shit!"-moment in it that's extremely awesome, but that's basically it. It's naturally beyond ridiculous and cheesy, but it never gets so bad it's good. It's just bad and stupid. It's a boring film.

It might have been better if it wasn't for the fact that my Netflix was a bit troublesome this time, occasionally starting to lag. Causing me to pause the film for a few minutes every time. But still, it didn't give me much enjoyment when it was working properly.
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The Asylum is notorious for making these kind of films. Cheaply, lazily and quickly made films that earn them small profits every time. It's crap. One do hope to get some simple laughs out of the ridiculousness that these films offer, but they are very few and far between. The problem is that they're intentionally made shitty, and thus you can not laugh at the filmmaker's failed intention and effort. So this is just an miserable experience.
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People who added this item 388 Average listal rating (279 ratings) 3.8 IMDB Rating 3.6
Need a re-watch for me to able to write about it. Hopefully (unfortunately?) that will happen soon.
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People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 4.4

Almost falls into the "so good it's bad" category, but it doesn't quite reach that level because it's not ludicrous enough. Not in it's own way, at least. Because the weirdest thing about this film is how much they actually ripped off from Jaws.

It has a few moments of laughable moments. Such as how they've decided to combine real footage of an actual shark swimming around with the rubber-looking shark they've created. And the death scenes are so awful looking that one can not avoid chuckling. But it's surprisingly gutless. There's almost no blood here. No nudity. And not much trash.
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It's not as annoying and insultingly lame as the second Sharknado film. It's essentially just boring. I do appreciate how it just gets started immediately and how it, for the most time, avoids wasting time on irrelevant stuff. Yet, there's nothing even remotely clever in it for it to justify its existence. Nor does it cross the threshold of being so bad it's good. Just dull.
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People who added this item 192 Average listal rating (136 ratings) 4.1 IMDB Rating 4
Shark Night (2011)

This film was absolutely no fun. Odd, the director managed to create a fun snake film, so it's strange that he didn't create an equally funny shark film. But I guess that's partly where the problem lies. Bigger budget, bigger studio and a more known director than what most of these shark film have. So they obviously had to get so many as possible to see it, and created a shark film with a PG-13 rating to cash in on kids. The result is poorly made snorefest.

The PG-13 rating basically means that they can't show us any good gore or nudity. None of the things we really want from a shark film. Which is (unless you're Spielberg) scantily clothed teenagers being eaten by sharks in a violent and gory way. We don't get that from this film.
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The first Sharknado was terrible, and Sharknado 2 is just the worst thing ever. I honestly fail to see what the hype surrounding these films are about. It's like people are not aware of The Asylum, and that they've put out these quickly made, horrible excuses for quick cash for a very long time. There's no difference between Sharknado 2 and the other films that The Asylum have dumped on us previously.

There's basically nothing to like here. Nothing to laugh about. The title is amusing, but that's it. And quite honestly, that's probably the only reason for why people fool themselves into thinking that they enjoy these films. It's just cringe-worthy, and not "so bad it's good".
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Need a re-watch for me to able to write about it. Hopefully (unfortunately?) that will happen soon.
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Sharknado 4 is on par with spoof films like Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans and so on. It's gross, unfunny and unwatchable. The joke has gone dry and the film, despite desperately trying, has failed to reinvent itself. Fuck this.
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Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Oct 1 16:11
I agree with the first.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jan 6 4:13
Have seen six on the list and agree with your comments especially on Open Water. I found that film to be ultra realistic and extremely well made. The ending was especially grim and disturbing. The opening shark attack in Jaws has to still be the most terrifying shark attack scene today.
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Jan 31 18:08
You should definitely check out Bait I loved it!

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