Strap on your floaties and dive in to some of our favorite films that feature deadly creatures, man-eating sharks, and all sorts of other dangers that make you question that Myrtle Beach vacation. Seriously... We're still scared of the deep end of the public pool thanks to some of these!
What It’s About: Still reeling from the loss of her mother, medical student Nancy travels to a secluded beach for some much-needed solace. Despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to soak up the sun and hit the waves. Suddenly, a great white shark attacks, forcing her to swim to a giant rock for safety. Left injured and stranded 200 yards from shore, the frightened young woman must fight for her life as the deadly predator circles her in its feeding ground.
Who’s In It: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge, Pablo Calva, Diego Espejel, Janelle Bailey, Ava Dean
Our Favorite Scene: Pretty much every moment after the initial 30 minutes of this movie is heart-pounding and nail-biting. Our most memorable moments has to be her self-administered first aid. You must be tough to surf, but Nancy shows just how tough she is when she uses an earring to patch a massive wound on her leg. Ouch.
What It’s About: Previously thought to be extinct, a massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific. With time running out, a visionary oceanographer recruits rescue diver Jonas Taylor to save the crew and the sea itself from an unimaginable threat — a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.
Who’s In It: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao, Shuya Sophia Cai, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy
Our Favorite Scene: It’s like Jaws, but on crack. This shark is BIG. And pretty much every scene where you see just how big the Meg is breathtaking… also, bloody. We just love watching this prehistoric shark take out crowds of people, subs, and ships alike.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
What It’s About: In 1866, Rumors of a sea monster have disrupted shipping lanes across the pacific ocean. When a swarthy harpooner sets out with a professor and his assistant to discover the truth behind the monster, they soon come into contact with Captain Nemo and the Nautlius, and advanced submarine vessel, and the culprit behind the monstrous tales.
Who’s In It: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke, Carleton Young, Ted de Corsia, Percy Helton
Our Favorite Scene: This movie is a masterpiece on so many levels, but the ultimate moment everyone remembers (and loves) is the final battle with the giant squid. There’s plenty of great film to get through before the denouement, but let’s face it, we all just wanna see an oversized calamari tear into the Nautilus and pluck sailors out like beans in a jar.
Rebirth of Mothra 2
What It’s About: Mothra Leo, protector of Earth, must summon all his power when the discovery of an ancient city leads to the revival of a destructive creature that is drawn to environmental disasters. With the help of three school children and Mothra’s miniature twin guides, Mothra Leo sets out to stop the powerful and dangerous Degahra before it brings calamity upon the world.
Who’s In It: Megumi Kobayashi, Sayaka Yamaguchi, Aki Hano
Our Favorite Scene: This is definitely one of the more obscure films on our list, but we love classic Kaiju movies. They really are a genre unto themselves. This is no different, and the epic battle between Mothra and Degahra is awesome. Plus, you get TONS of great Mothra transformations that really make it unique to the series.
Deep Blue Sea
What It’s About: On an island research facility, Dr. Susan McAlester is harvesting the brain tissue of DNA-altered sharks as a possible cure for Alzheimer’s disease. When the facility’s backers send an executive to investigate the experiments, a routine procedure goes awry, and a shark starts attacking the researchers. Now, with sharks outnumbering their human captors, McAlester and her team must figure out a way to stop them from escaping to the ocean and breeding.
Who’s In It: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgård, LL Cool J, Aida Turturro
Our Favorite Scene: The late nineties saw a resurgence in B-grade theatrical releases. This was one of them. Samuel L. Jackson is a go-to for consistently on-the-money characterizations. When he is first introduced to the sharks contained in the facility, well… let’s just say the only sushi on THIS menu is about 6’2”, yells a lot, and has “had it with these mother *blanking* snakes on this mother *blanking* plane.”
What It’s About: A newly unveiled ocean liner, the Argonautica, sets out on its first cruise, only to encounter dangers both on board and in the ocean depths. While the beautiful thief Trillian to steal riches from the boat’s wealthy passengers, the ship encounters major problems, most notably a giant murderous sea creature with tentacles. Eventually, a boat captained by John Finnegan comes across the Argonautica, and everyone struggles to survive the monster.
Who’s In It: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O’Connor, Wes Studi, Derrick O’Connor, Jason Flemyng, Djimon Hounsou
Our Favorite Scene: We love disaster movies. The coordination of extras and stunt doubles and effects are rarely unimpressive. But our fave moment… the poor woman who gets dragged butt first down a toilet. Its’ vile. It’s gross. It’s physically impossible. But hey… carnage is as carnage does.
What It’s About: When a mysterious creature violently kills a man in a Maine lake, Jack Wells, the local game warden, looks into the bizarre case, along with Sheriff Hank Keough and visiting paleontologist Kelly Scott. Looking for clues in a tooth that the beast left behind, Kelly and the others eventually locate the monster, a massive and vicious reptile eager to devour anything in its path.
Who’s In It: Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White, David Lewis, Tim Dixon, Natassia Malthe
Why You Should Watch: Three Words: Betty Freaking White. She doesn’t appear too terribly much, but every scene she’s in is loaded with her charm, wit, and potty mouth. If you aren’t quoting her the next day around the water cooler, then your human resources department won’t have much to do with themselves.
47 Meters Down
What It’s About: Young sisters Kate and Lisa and travel to Mexico for a vacation filled with sun, fun and adventure. Lisa needs some extra persuasion when Kate suggests that they go diving in shark-infested waters. Safe in their protective cage, the thrill-seeking siblings come face to face with a group of majestic great whites. Their worst fears soon become a reality when the cage breaks away from their boat, sending them plummeting to the ocean floor with a dwindling supply of oxygen.
Who’s In It: Claire Holt, Mandy Moore, Chris Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura, Matthew Modine, Axel Mansilla
Our Favorite Scene: This movie gets dark. Very dark. Like, actually dark, because there is so little light beyond the notoriously unreliable flashlights. That said, watching the main characters attempt to navigate the darkness in search of items to help them survive is enough to set your nerves on edge.
Creature from The Black Lagoon
What It’s About: Remnants of a mysterious animal have come to light in a remote jungle, and a group of scientists intends to determine if the find is an anomaly or evidence of an undiscovered beast. The dangers of South America are nothing compared to that posed by the monstrous creature that endangers their work, and their lives.
Who’s In It: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva, Whit Bissell, Henry A. Escalante, Ben Chapman
Our Favorite Scene: This. Movie. Is. A. Classic. It’s also very much a Beauty and the Beast story, where the creature in question becomes obsessed with the lone female in the group of explorers. We love when the creature gets the upper hand by escaping capture and kidnaping the damsel. Yeah. We’re rooting for the creature. You should be, too. Want to see the creature win? Check out The Shape of Water… seriously. It’s like a total sequel.
What It’s About: When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper and grizzled ship captain Quint offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.
Who’s In It: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb, Jeffrey Kramer, Susan Backlinie
Our Favorite Scene: While most people would say the “war wound” comparison between Quint and Hooper is the best scene in the movie, call us old-fashioned, cause personally, we love the opening. You know something is coming. You don’t know what. You don’t know when. The anticipation is killing you… then the music starts. And suddenly the poor Chrissie is being dragged around like a rag doll… poor Chrissie.