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Shark Week: 10 Shark Attack Horror Movies Currently Available for Instant Streaming on Netflix

Shark Week: 8 Shark Attack Horror Movies Currently Available for Instant Streaming on NetflixEven if you live in a pineapple under the sea or threw your television out the window in a drunken fit of rage one night a few weeks ago, you’re likely aware that we’re currently balls deep into Shark Week…

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Shark Week: 8 Shark Attack Horror Movies Currently Available for Instant Streaming on NetflixEven if you live in a pineapple under the sea or threw your television out the window in a drunken fit of rage one night a few weeks ago, you’re likely aware that we’re currently balls deep into Shark Week…

…Discovery’s Channel’s annual celebration of those underwater beasties who once upon a time turned a man by the name of Quint into a bucket of human chum.

I don’t think you need me to tell you that this week is the absolute perfect week to revisit Jaws and other shark attack films, but in the event that you do, allow me to provide that service for you.

This week is the perfect week to revisit Jaws and other shark attack films!

There. You happy?

In celebration of Shark Week here at Dread Central, we initially flirted with the idea of bringing you a list of the best shark-themed horror films to watch this week. But then we realized that not everyone lives inside of a video store (would be cooler if we did, wouldn’t it?), a sad fact that would result in many of you not being able to enjoy those films during the actual Semana del Tiburón. And what fun is that?

Enter Netflix. With hundreds of movies available for instant streaming, we were pretty sure there had to be at least a handful that featured sharks brutally murdering and consuming human beings. Lo and behold, our searches revealed eight such films.

Though we can’t in good faith recommend that those eight films are all worth watching, we can nevertheless guarantee that they’ll make your Shark Week a whole lot more sharky. And really, that’s all we’re trying to do here.

So read on for a rundown of eight shark attack horror movies that you can watch on Netflix right this instant. And may your Shark Week be merry and white… GREAT WHITE!

That was totally corny. I shouldn’t have typed that.


MISSION OF THE SHARK (1991)
Remember that epic monologue Quint delivers in Jaws, where he tells Hooper and Brody about the time a ship he was on sank and nearly everyone on board was subsequently devoured by hungry sharks? Well, that whole speech is based on a true event that happened in July of 1945, when the Japanese sunk the United States Navy cruiser known as the U.S.S. Indianapolis. Out of nearly 2,000 crewmen, only 717 made it out of the water alive, with the rest either dying in the blast or being eaten by sharks. The 1991 made-for-TV movie Mission of the Shark is based on that real-life tragedy, centering on shipwrecked sailors who must fight to stay alive amid a school of hungry sharks in the Philippine Sea. Starring Stacy Keach, the movie was directed by Robert Iscove, who went on to helm such gems as From Justin to Kelly and She’s All That.

Watch MISSION OF THE SHARK (1991) on Netflix.


RED WATER (2007)
Before Syfy cornered the market on original movies about killer sharks, the TBS Superstation aired an original shark movie of their own in the summer of 2007. Titled Red Water, the made-for-TV movie become one of the highest rated in the network’s history, proving something that Discovery Channel confirms every single year: People just plain love sharks. Starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Kristy Swanson and Coolio – yes, THAT Coolio – Red Water chronicles the trials and tribulations of a freshwater bull shark that wreaks havoc as it heads up a Louisiana river. Interesting to note that the film was written by J.D. Feigelson, who also penned the TV movies Dark Night of the Scarecrow and Wes Craven’s Chiller.

Watch RED WATER (2007) on Netflix.


THE REEF (2010)
Seven years after the release of Open Water, Australia got in on the fun with a similar film titled The Reef, directed by Andrew Traucki. In it five friends capsize while sailing to Indonesia, finding themselves stranded in the water and at the complete mercy of sharks that want nothing more than to turn them into a hearty meal. A low-budget, character-driven affair with real sharks in favor of CGI, The Reef is genuinely scary, and I think you’ll find that it effectively washes the taste of some of that Syfy dreck out of your mouth. I know I said that I can’t personally recommend every film on this list, but The Reef is definitely one you should check out, as it’s one of the better shark attack movies to come along in recent years.

Watch THE REEF (2010) on Netflix.


DARK TIDE (2012)
It’s not often that we get to see Academy Award winners doing battle with sharks, but that’s precisely what 2012’s Dark Tide brought to the table, putting Halle Berry face-to-face with a great white. In the film, from the director of Blue Crush and Into the Blue, Berry plays a “shark whisperer” who nearly lost her life after an attack one year prior, forced to face her fears and return to the water when a millionaire businessman commissions her for a dangerous dive. Released into limited theaters in April and then dumped onto home video shortly thereafter, Dark Tide is one of few films to actually have a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 19 critical reviews. Almost makes you want to watch it, doesn’t it?!

Watch DARK TIDE (2012) on Netflix.


SHARK WEEK (2012)
Wait, they made a Shark Week movie?! Well, not exactly. Premiering in August of 2012 during the real Shark Week, this Syfy Original Movie was titled as such in order to draw viewers in, sharing no actual connection with anything the Discovery Channel has ever done. Mashing together Saw and Jaws, Syfy’s Shark Week is about strangers who find themselves stranded on an isolated island with a whacko rich dude who’s intent on feeding them to the surrounding predators. Not surprisingly, the production company behind the film was The Asylum, who the following year went on to strike gold and shatter Syfy records with…

Watch SHARK WEEK (2012) on Netflix.


SHARKNADO (2017)
After failing to capitalize on the ratings success of Shark Week the previous year, Syfy and The Asylum hit a big time home run in July of 2017 with Sharknado, which immediately won the world over with its ridiculous concept. Sillier even than Syfy’s usual fare, the film of course centered on a shark-infested tornado that saw sharks literally raining from the sky in Los Angeles with washed up actors Ian Ziering and Tara Reid tasked with putting an end to the most unnatural of disasters. Americans love stupid shit, and so it was no surprise that Sharknado became a ratings and social media success story, the film spawning a sequel this year. At the time of writing this, only the first film is available for instant streaming, and it’s needless to say one that’s best paired with a whole lot of strong drink.

Watch SHARKNADO (2017) on Netflix.


2-HEADED SHARK ATTACK (2012)
Two heads are better than one, as they say, and if you’re a believer in that concept, then you might want to check out 2-Headed Shark Attack, another Syfy Original that came courtesy of the folks over at The Asylum. In fact, this one was directed by Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray (son of Fred), who also handled directing duties on the aforementioned Shark Week. Premiering in September of 2012, 2-Headed Shark Attack very much lived up to its alluring title, featuring a shark with two heads that consumes a group of young partiers. If that sounds like fun, you’ll be happy to know that this one is pretty damn entertaining with the highlight being a scene where the titular shark tosses a victim between its two mouths like a ragdoll. Also noteworthy is the cast, which includes Carmen Electra, Charlie O’Connell and even Hulk Hogan’s daughter, Brooke, BROTHER!

Watch 2-HEADED SHARK ATTACK (2012) on Netflix.


MEGA SHARK VS. MECHA SHARK (2014)
And finally, we’ve got another Asylum film, which went straight-to-DVD in January of this year. A follow-up to Mega Shark vs. Giant Octupus and Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus, Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark saw the government developing a giant robot shark in an attempt to put an end to the “Mega Shark” once and for all. Billed as “Monster vs. Metal,” this bout of computer-generated madness starred 1980s pop music sensation Debbie Gibson, continuing The Asylum’s trend of infusing recognizable faces from the past into their movies. I think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s the best movie ever made about a shark fighting a robot shark, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you needn’t look any further.

Watch MEGA SHARK VS. MECHA SHARK (2014) on Netflix.
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Check Out the Opening 2 Minutes of Another WolfCop

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It was just earlier today that we brought you guys The Dude Design’s the newest poster for writer-director Lowell Dean’s horror-comedy sequel Another WolfCop.

And now we have the movie’s opening 2 minutes!

The clip showcases the new flick’s villain trying to sell us on his “Chicken Milk Beer” before losing his cool and taking it out the commercial’s crew. We then cut to a ragtag group of criminals, dressed as homeless Santas trying to outrun the cops.

A fun two-minutes if you ask me!

You can check out Another WolfCop‘s opening scene below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

Synopsis:

A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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The Axiom Review – A Stylish and Clever Slice of Independent Horror

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Starring Hattie Smith, Zac Titus, Nicole Dambro

Directed by Nicholas Woods


The Axiom is an ambitious, well directed, impressively acted and stunningly shot independent horror film that has just a few, teensy little flaws holding it back from greatness (and therefore will have to settle for just being really, really good, instead).

The first thing you realize when watching The Axiom is that this is a beautiful film. Everything is framed and shot in a lush and stylish manner, but one which is always tonally appropriate for the scene.

The second thing you’ll notice, and keep noticing as the film plays out, is that the movie really struck gold with this cast. Not only is there a total lack of the sort of stilted and unnatural acting seen in countless other microbudget horror affairs, but the performances are genuinely fantastic across the board. The main characters are believably chill and relatably normal in the early scenes, and the acting remains just as impressive once things start getting a bit more… intense. It’s not often that an independent horror film has so many good performances that it makes it hard to pick the movie’s acting VIP, but that is undeniably the case here. Taylor Flowers delivers what is probably the showiest performance (and does it very well, indeed), but the entire cast really is quite good.

The central premise of the film is both interesting and original, and touches upon the real life fact (given some recent attention in the ‘Missing 411’ books and documentary) that a lot more people sure seem to go missing out in the woods than seems reasonable, while simultaneously weaving all sorts of folklore, fairy tales and urban legends into the mix. It’s also clever in the way that it very naturally reveals aspects to the relationships between characters that serve to later – or sometimes retroactively – explain some of the more questionable decisions they make or attitudes they display. While that may sound like screenwriting 101, it’s surprising how many films fail to do this. The Axiom rewards the viewer’s attention in other ways as well, with many aspects of the movie that initially feel odd or unnatural receiving reasonable explanations (within the context of the movie) by the end. It’s not quite as challenging (or as rewarding) in this regard as, say, something like Session 9, but it does add a nice layer of complexity to the storytelling.

The film’s score, by Leo Kaliski, is also quite good. There may be a moment here or there where the music hits an overly familiar beat, but overall it not only fits the movie’s tone, but does quite a bit to help set that tone as well.

The only thing that I don’t feel the movie quite pulls off – and I’m trying to be vague here, because I feel like the less you know going into this film, the better – is some of the makeup effects work. The gore stuff is very well executed, but some of the other stuff feels like it was crafted with the intention of shooting it in a more… stylized manner. Instead, filmed as it is here, the result is sometimes less than impressive and can fail to make the impact that the movie seems to be implying that it should. And while some of what the makeup effects lack in execution is made up for with the ingenuity and creativity of their design, it’s still a bit of a shame when they don’t quite pull them off because, aside from a few niggles that I have with the writing, the effects are the only aspect of the film that occasionally fails to live up to the high level of technical proficiency that The Axiom otherwise demonstrates.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

  • Man, the acting in this movie is really good. The dialogue may stumble once or twice, but these actors always sell it anyway.
  • Give back Mia Sara’s DNA, Hattie Smith!
  • If you’re going to put your female lead in shorts this small, I hope you’re not sensitive to viewers unleashing a nonstop parade of “Has anyone seen my pants / OH GOD WHERE ARE MY PANTS!” jokes.
  • “You just pop this here ‘Blair Witch Stick Person / Anarchy sign’ sticker up on that there windshield of yours, and them park rangers? Well – heh heh – they won’t bother you none, no sir.” Hmmmmm…
  • The film really is shot amazingly well – better than a lot of mainstream releases. Cinematographer Sten Olson has a real future ahead of him.
  • As does writer / director Nicholas Woods, for that matter. Any director who can get this level of quality out of their cast and crew on their first ever film is someone to keep an eye on.
  • “I’ll make a run for it and get help,” says the female lead, and I’m like “Yeah, let her go – she has no pants to weigh her down.”
  • The gore effects in the movie are both realized and utilized very well.
  • Welcome back to horror movies, “I’ll be right back” dialogue spoken unironically by and/or to ill-fated characters.
  • The Axiom
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Summary

In the end, The Axiom is a solid and entertaining flick that manages to wring a level of quality and originality out of the somewhat tired “Don’t Go in the Woods” horror subgenre not seen since 2012’s Cabin in the Woods. The cinematography and acting are hugely impressive, it features a nice, unnerving score, the premise is original and captivating, and the whole thing moves at a nice pace that helps keep the film’s flaws from dragging it down.

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – First Trailer and Artwork!

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As a fan of flicks like Mad Monster Party, I was surprisingly pleased with the last two Hotel Transylvania affairs. For my money you can put the classic monsters in just about anything, and I’ll watch it happily, and these animated features feel like a natural progression of the 1967 Rankin and Bass classic. Which is why I’m looking forward to Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and if you are too, check out the film’s new trailer and poster.

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, who co-wrote the film with Michael McCullers, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, and Mel Brooks.

Look for it in theaters on July 13, 2018.

Synopsis:
In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans.

But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.

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