Sunday, July 22, 2018

Shark Week 4: Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water

It's been 10 years since I first thought it would be fun to commemorate Discovery's mega-popular annual Shark Week series of shows with a week of blog posts about shark movies, and somehow here I am again, for the fourth time, introducing another week of shark-related posts. Shark movies are more popular than ever (this piece about cult classic Shark Attack 3: Megalodon is the most popular post on this entire blog, by a significant margin), with dozens of low-budget shark-themed thrillers being released every year. Most of them, of course, are very bad, and not really worth commenting on.

For this latest edition, I looked back into the past to find a few obscure older shark movies, but I couldn't resist including at least one terrible recent shark movie with a ridiculous pun for a title (although I still refuse to cover any of the Sharknado movies). And the week will end with my take on the fourth and final Jaws movie, which seems like a good way to bring this project to a close for good (at least until a bunch more crazy shark movies are released that I absolutely must write about).

New posts will start later today and go through the week. In the meantime, catch up on all the posts from Shark Weeks past:

Shark (1969)
She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Spring Break Shark Attack (2005)
Dark Waters (1993)
Open Water (2003)
Jaws (1975)
The Deep (1977)
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002)
Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977)
Beyond the Reef (1981)
Sharktopus (2010)
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)
Jaws 2 (1978)
Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beast (2012)
The Reef (2010)
Shark Night (2011)
2-Headed Shark Attack (2012)
Bait (2012)
Dark Tide (2012)
Jaws 3 (1983)

(Image part of the Build-a-Bear Shark Week line, of course.)

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