As humans we seem to have somewhat of an obsession with scaring ourselves stupid, and horror films continue to push boundaries and find new and heinous ways of entertaining while simultaneously scarring us. Over the last 40 years one type of horror film has been constant, feeding into our obsession with frightening ourselves, as well as our fascination with mysterious creatures of the deep: the shark film.
This week, Shark Week is doing its best to both scare and educate us over on Discovery channel, and just a few weeks ago the granddaddy of shark films, Jaws celebrated it's 40th anniversary. So with all that in mind, what could be better than listing 10 of the top deaths in shark films for us to all enjoy?
Check out 10 of the most gruesome, horrific and darn right ridiculous shark deaths in film:
1. Quint in Jaws (1975)
In the tail end of the film, Quint's dramatic death courtesy of the enormous Bruce was bloody, gore filled, and ultimately the last meal for the man-eating shark - soon after he was blown into a thousand pieces thanks to Brody's quick thinking with a scuba tank and rifle. But hey, at least he got in one last amazing kill before he was blown to bits.
2. A whole commercial aircraft in Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)
Not even a huge aircraft is enough to deter mega shark in Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus as the huge beast of the deep takes down a whole plane in a single leap, making it look almost easy!
3. A water polo team in Dinoshark (2010)
This dinoshark wreaks havoc just offshore the community of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. In one of the beast's best kills, it takes on an entire water polo team, and unfortunately not many of them make it out of the water alive.
4. Barb in Snow Sharks (also known as Avalanche Sharks) (2011)
This isn't exactly a water-based shark kill, but with a whopping 2.2 stars out of 10 on IMDB I couldn't resist putting in this kill from Snow Sharks! The first kill of the movie (which, yes is about snow-dwelling killer sharks) is pretty brutal and what makes it even worse is that last thing poor Barb saw before being devoured was her boyfriend hot-footing it out of there.
5. Tyler in Swamp Shark (2011)
A swamp dwelling shark? After Snow Sharks I'm prepared for anything, and trust me this shark film definitely delivers! Unfortunately, the unlucky Tyler met a rather grisly end when the clever swamp shark used all his smarts to snatch him from between the two boats - ouch!
6. Sten and Christo in The Beach (2000)
In one of the most harrowing scenes of this dramatic adventure film, the two Swedes of the community, Sten and Christo are attacked by sharks when fishing in the lagoon. Sten is killed immediately, but Christo is more unlucky, instead being forced to slowly die after being denied medical assistance in case it exposes the secret beach oasis.
7. Russell Franklin in Deep Blue Sea (1999)
There's nothing quite like a genetically engineered shark dramatically launching out of the water and dragging you into the deep blue beyond to stop a motivational speech in its tracks.
8. Everyone in the first scene of 2-Headed Shark Attack (2012)
It starts off as an idyllic day at the beach for these wake-boarders and speedboat passengers, however that all comes to a very abrupt end when an enormous two headed shark rears its ugly heads and swallows the two wake-boarders before turning its sights on the whole boatload of people.
9. Jessup in Bait 3D (2012)
After surviving a tsunami, a group of people are stuck inside a flooded supermarket fighting for their survival against a 12-foot great white shark, and live wires. After a member of the group, Jessup attempts to get into a ventilation shaft, he is startled by a large number of small crabs and with the commotion of the noise, crabs and movement it's only a matter of time before Jessup is devoured.
10. Water skier and boat driver in Jaws 2 (1978)
We started the list with Jaws, so it's really only fair that we end it with Jaws, albeit Jaws 2. In this 1978 flick we saw the residents of Amity Island beginning to return to the water, however for this water skier and speedboat driver that turned out to be a bad idea. The shark didn't make it away unscathed however, and was severely scarred after his tussle with the boat driver, and resulting explosion.