Who remembers Samuel L Jackson being mauled alive from the top of the body by a shark? Well, ‘Deep Blue Sea’ fans would certainly do. Directed by Renny Harlin, ‘Deep Blue Sea’ follows a group of scientists who work in an isolated research facility to find the cure for the devastating Alzheimer’s disease. However, their work turns into a pure nightmare when a trio of cerebrally enhanced sharks attack and start killing them one after the other. Noted for its status as B-Movie horror classic, the film is filled with classic B-Movie campiness. The movie features an ensemble cast that includes Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, and LL Cool J.
For this article, I have taken into account films that explore the “animal and alien slasher horror” genre. However, like ‘Deep Blue Sea’, none of these movies are “classics” or to be more precise, “great works of filmmaking”. Instead, all these films are campy and sometimes outright bad and stupid, but are definitely entertaining. With that said, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Deep Blue Sea’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Deep Blue Sea’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
Directed by Ellory Elkayem and co-written by Jesse Alexander and Elkayem, ‘Eight Legged Freaks’ is a monster comedy which centres around a group of spiders that are mutated by toxic waste. Now gigantic, the spiders attack a small American mining town. The film delivers the horror, credited to the creepy crawlers, and moulds it with comedy, which helps in the filmmaker poking fun at the horror flicks that steer into the territory of monsters.
9. Lake Placid (1999)
Directed by Steve Miner and written by David E. Kelleym ‘Lake Placid’ follows a dysfunctional group of people who try to capture and kill 30-foot-long man-eating saltwater crocodile which is terrorizing the fictional location of Black Lake, Maine, United States. The film is pure campy entertainment from the first to the last frame. In addition, the earnest performances of the cast bring in some soul to the film, which is further contemplated by the campy creature eating humans alive – its brilliance cannot be matched.