In the wake of Mega Shark v Giant Octopus, we’ve seen the likes of Mega Shark Vs Crocosaurus, Two-Headed Shark Attack, Sharktopus, Malibu Shark Attack, Jersey Shore Shark Attack and Ghost Shark. All of them follow the same blueprint, and none of them is really about sharks. The sharks in these films could realistically be any scary thing. You could feasibly be watching Two-Headed Zombie Attack, or Megavampire Vs Werewolfosaurus. Which, now I’ve written it down, is something I really want to see. But that’s not the point. Somewhere along the line, the majesty of sharks became shorthand for generalised cheapo scares.
Yet I shall probably watch them all.