Sharks are known as nature’s perfect killing machines, but they’re also one of cinema’s greatest villains. Most films go straight to the top of the food chain when picking their finned fiends, selecting the great white shark, but what happens when that five-tonne fish doesn’t seem to cut it anymore? The answer lies in a new sub-genre: hybrid shark movie.
Started by the cable channel Syfy, these films take b-movies to the extreme—the more over-the-top the premise, the better. Their most recent production will air tonight on Space at 9e 6p and the title says it all: Sharknado. When a superstorm tornado hits the West Coast, it sweeps up sharks from the ocean and drops them all over Los Angeles. Sharknado stars Tara Reid and Ian Ziering and has silly written all over it. So in order to get in the right mindset for the Canadian premiere, let’s take a look at some of the other fine fishy films. Warning: some of the content is gory and all of it is hokey.
What’s more terrifying than a shark? An ancient dinosaur-shark! Preserved in a glacier for millennia, the creature escapes its icy tomb due to global warming and terrorizes the Mexican coast.
In the urtext of shark hybrid movies, the U.S. Navy sets out to make the ultimate weapon: a shark genetically engineered to have octopus tentacles. The plan backfires when “sharktopus” escapes and starts eating swimmers in Puerto Vallarta. The king of b-movies, Roger Corman, produced the film.
Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus
This film ups the monster ante with a giant shark and a crocodile-dinosaur fusion! An enormous crocodile is discovered in the Congo just as a U.S. Navy ship is sunk by a Megalodon, a massive species of shark that was thought to be extinct. The two creatures end up fighting.
Deep Blue Sea
Not all shark mutations are made for TV. In this one, a group of scientists who are seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s genetically engineer Mako sharks and increase their brainpower. The newly sentient sharks don’t like being used for research.