12 films about sea monsters and monsters

The mysteries of the oceans still excite the minds of researchers and the imagination of filmmakers. Thanks to the latest, horror films about fictional and real ocean creatures have been scaring viewers for years. In our selection of movies about sea monsters, you will meet terrible creatures that will not hesitate to snack on lonely swimmers or crawl out of uncharted depths to sink entire ships.

Underwater (2019)

The film takes the viewer to the near future . As a result of an accident at a research drilling complex at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, a group of scientists and the rest of the crew will have to fight for their lives under the 11-kilometer layer of water. The six survivors have only a few hours to get out. However, something terrible and mysterious is blocking the way for the crew – something that has been hiding in the depths of the sea for centuries.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Underwater

Genre:
Horror, Action

Actors:
Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Marine parasites (2019)

Biology student Siobhan is doing an internship on a fishing boat. After entering the anomalous zone, the ship seems to run aground. The reason for this is a previously unseen form of life – a monster that can dissolve everything it touches, and the monster’s larvae cause a painful death. Despite the lack of experience, Siobhan must do something, otherwise the team will go to the next world in full force. Do not expect epic horror about sea monsters from watching the film, the film touches others with an atmosphere of hopelessness, because any contact with water brings inevitable death.

Original title:
Sea Fever

Genre:
Horror, fantasy

Actors:
Hermione Corfield, Doug Malmberg, Jack Hickey …

Country:
Ireland, USA, UK, Sweden, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Meg: Monster of the Deep (2018)

The film is based on Steve Alter ‘s first book , Megalodon: Terror from the Deep. A group of scientists explores the bottom of the Mariana Trench. It turns out that this is not the bottom at all, but a kind of pillow that hides another underwater world and gigantic animals unknown to the world. One of them attacked the deep-sea bathyscaphe of scientists. There is no way out – you will have to call for help dashing submariner Jones Taylor. Once he already met with a 23-meter prehistoric shark from the depths and, perhaps, he will be able to defeat the deep giant again.

Original title:
The Meg

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, thriller

Actors:
Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson…

Country:
USA, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.6

Age limit:
16+


Shape of Water (2017)

Who, if not Guillermo Del Toro, is able to create a fantasy world that is so attractive and repulsive at the same time? This time the master decided to turn the film about an underwater monster into a colorful and bizarre melodrama. The action takes place in America in 1962. Eliza is a lonely mute woman who works as a cleaning lady at a government facility. In the basement of the laboratory, they are experimenting on an underwater mutant. After the end of all experiments, the creature is threatened with death. Kind Eliza cannot accept the cruelty of scientists and prepares an escape for her friend.

Original title:
The Shape of Water

Genre:
Fantasy, drama

Actors:
Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer …

Country:
USA, Canada, Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Blue Abyss (dilogue, 2016 and 2019)

Our top will continue with another shark thriller, which begins with the resort adventures of two sisters in Mexico, and ends with chilling horror. Kate and Lisa, in order to diversify their beach holiday and nightlife , choose a deep-sea safari for entertainment. The dive takes place in a reinforced cage – so the tourist can watch the sharks, remaining safe. However, the design of our heroines loses connection with the boat and sinks to the bottom. Oxygen is running out, there is no connection, and dangerous sea creatures are prowling around.

Original title:
47 Meters Down

Genre:
Horror, Thriller

Actors:
Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Chris J. Johnson …

Country:
UK, USA, Dominican Republic

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.7

Age Limits :
16+


Atlantis (2016)

The list of the best films about underwater monsters will be continued by foreign science fiction – a thriller filmed in a retro style. 1914 Young meteorologist Friend travels to the ends of the earth to take a year-long watch at a lighthouse in Antarctica. Upon arrival, the guy learns that there is only a lighthouse keeper on the island, and the predecessor of the meteorologist has disappeared. Two people remain in a deserted place: the neat and well-mannered idealist Friend and the uncouth, gloomy lighthouse keeper. And the latter is clearly hiding something. Perhaps the island is not as uninhabited as it seems at first glance.

Original title:
Cold Skin

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:
Ray Stevenson, David Oakes, Aura Garrido…

Country:
Spain, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Shallow (2016)

Tourist versus shark – sounds boring? Only not in this film, which managed to captivate the audience no less than the famous Jaws. An ordinary trip to a wild beach in search of the perfect wave will turn surfer Nancy into a real fight against death. Entering the water, the girl will become a hostage of the ocean and a prey for a giant monster from the depths. And only the sandbank and resourcefulness of the heroine can give her hope for salvation from the monster.

Original title:
The Shallows

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Angelo Josu Lozano Corzo…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Piranha 3D (2010)

A movie about sea monsters never gets a high rating, but it becomes popular among fans of trash, gore, young bodies and wet women’s T-shirts. 20,000 teenagers , who have their first taste of adulthood, are getting ready to celebrate graduation on Lake Victoria. However, their fun will soon be interrupted by very ancient and very bloodthirsty creatures that have broken out of the underground lakes due to a recent earthquake. Thousands of vicious piranhas are already sailing for Lucullus’ feast.

Original title:
Piranha 3D

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, romance, comedy

Actors:
Elisabeth Shue, Steven R. McQueen, Adam Scott…

Country:
USA, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.4

Age limit:
16+


Surface (TV series, 2005 – 2006)

Strange things are happening all over the world’s oceans and seas. Oceanographer Laura is attacked by an unknown lifeform while diving underwater. A 14-year-old teenager finds himself face to face with an unknown sea monster after falling off his wakeboard. And a Louisiana man loses his brother in an accident while diving, when something drags him to the bottom. Who are these beings? And where did they come from?

Original title:
Surface

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama, detective, adventure

Actors:
Lake Bell, Jay R. Ferguson, Carter Jenkins …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.2


Lake Placid: Lake of Fear (1999)

A selection of films about sea monsters will be supplemented by an American horror film about a killer crocodile from Lake Placid. According to rumors, an animal of unprecedented size lives in the local reservoir of Maine, capable of eating a whole person. The expedition, which includes the sheriff, several scientists and a paleontologist, is going to check the sensational information for accuracy. The team manages to find out that the lake really holds secrets, and the deaths that occur in the area are not accidental.

Original title:
Lake Placid

Genre:
Horror, action, comedy

Actors:
Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Rise from the Deep (1998)

The action of the feature film takes place on a huge cruise ship, which, according to its owner, can compete with the Titanic itself. A lot of rich people and celebrities are resting on the ship, huge money is spinning here and diamonds are sparkling. Of course, the ship attracts swindlers and bandits. While the thief Trillian cleans the cabins, a gang of mercenaries are preparing to completely take over the ship. However, not only the activities of criminals threaten the crew – an ominous monster is already rising from the depths, and people are beginning to disappear.

Original title:
Deep Rising

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Creature (mini-series, 1996)

Black times have come on one of the Bermuda Islands – fish began to disappear, moreover, along with the fishermen themselves. And a married couple traveling on a yacht has also disappeared. The police throw up their hands – there is no evidence, no suspects. Only the sea wolf Whip Dalton is convinced that something from the depths has captured the island – a monster that has been living in these parts for a very long time. And soon the guesses of the old captain will be confirmed.

Original title:
The Beast

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, thriller, adventure

Actors:
William Petersen, Karen Sillas, Charles Martin Smith…

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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