20 Scary Movies That Will Make You Afraid to Go into the Water
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It’s hard to argue with the original. Consider this: If not for Jaws, the idea of a great white shark attack probably wouldn’t cross your mind at the beach—they’re very uncommon. Decades later, though, our eyes are still peeled for a fin on the horizon.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Ever get a little creeped out when a slimy piece of algae slaps against your ankle? This classic monster flick is why.
The Perfect Storm
Sure, take that fishing trip—what could possibly go wrong?
Proving that amphibians can be just as scary as razor-toothed fish, The Host will have you eying your friendly neighborhood pond a little differently.
With so much bad press about cruise lines lately, you probably don’t need yet another reason to fear ocean liners. However, Ghost Ship‘s got a few murderous spirits for you to add to your list. Freakier than the not-so-fresh shrimp you grabbed from the buffet, at least.
That thin film of water pollution you see coastside? It could lead to a giant irradiated lizard hellbent on the destruction of humankind.
Here’s a twist: In The Abyss, the creepy crawlies are the water itself. If that doesn’t do it for you, maybe the film’s claustrophobic interiors will.
What’s scarier than a giant snake capable of swallowing an entire deer? A giant snake capable of swallowing an entire deer that can swim—especially if you’re J.Lo.
With all the sharks and ocean beasts lurking in this list, we’d understand if you headed inland for your next vacation. “We’re safe in freshwater,” you’d think—and then a 30-foot mutant crocodile would gobble you up. Should have gone to Disneyworld. Check out these 22 animals that are deadlier than sharks.
Would you rather get taken out in a few big chomps from a shark, or in tons of vicious nibbles from lil’ piranhas? Weigh your options carefully while watching this scary cinematic masterwork.
Another day, another calamitous seabeast awakening, thanks to ocean pollution.
Deep Blue Sea
This is sort of like Jaws for the millennial set: There are sharks, yes, but they’re smarter, faster, more lethal after being used in lab experiments for an Alzheimer’s drug. Science, you are a cruel mistress. You’ll also want to check out the 16 scariest books of all time.
A crossover between Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Deep Rising follows an ocean liner on its first cruise as its passengers deal with thieves and a giant, destructive sea monster with tentacles. Kinda puts bad situations into perspective, doesn’t it?
Emphasizing the ocean’s depth seems to be a common theme among aquatic-themed horror movies. And once a pair of vacationers unwittingly cross paths with dangerous treasure hunters, you can bet they’ll be in Deep trouble.
47 Meters Down
If you’re considering cage diving in shark-infested waters as a fun sibling bonding activity, this movie is for you.
It Came from Beneath the Sea
Like Creature from the Black Lagoon, this horror flick also debuted in the mid-1950s, but watching it in black-and-white doesn’t make giant radioactive octopuses any less terrifying. Luckily, there are 6 reasons getting scared is good for your health.
Many sea horror movies follow the same set-up: Some aquatic monster endangers the lives of innocent bystanders, whose only source of protection is their boat. But for the leading couple in Dead Calm, the monster may already be on the boat with them. Cue dramatic music.
You’re used to hearing bumps in the night and seeing creepy shadows in dilapidated buildings, but experiencing haunted house vibes on a WWII submarine is a whole new kind of spooky.
If we can learn one thing from this movie, it’s this: Don’t go surfing alone off the coast of a secluded beach. Even if you’re Blake Lively. For more chills and thrills, check out the 35 scariest movies of all time.
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