Water is essential to our lives and our planet.
It can be beautiful and mesmerizing in a waterfall, transform into snowflakes, hit the ground and grass as rain and that aroma hits your nostril. It can also be dangerous with floods, inhaling too much water, or keeping a big secret like a Megalodon still alive! (We know that’s not true and that’s terrifying if it was).
But in horror, it isn’t a safe haven. Danger is lurking under the surface or in its shadows, you never want to be near or in water in horror movies.
Jaws (1975) – Classic, gives sharks a bad rep. But as a classic, it’s also a GREAT film. Fight me.
Deep Blue Sea (1999) – I saw this in theaters. It’s fun, it’s wacky, SLJ doesn’t last long but we love Thomas Jane and LL Cool J’s bromance.
Lake Placid (1999) – Not great but I love all the Stan Winston effects. Also saw this in theaters and everyone laughed at Betty White’s performance.
Anaconda (1997) – An okay film, I think there are 3 ways to look at this: it’s Jon Voight’s film, it’s Jennifer Lopez’s film OR it’s a creepy ass snake film.
The Shallows (2016) – I enjoy this one, I like the concept and the final outcome.
Piranha (1978) – This is fun, so much fun. I still don’t understand the weird claymation creatures featured but if you like Joe Dante’s work, you’ll like this one.
Creepshow (1982)- The segment “Something to Tide You Over” qualifies but I know some viewers either would keep this segment in or get rid of it. I don’t mind it but I can see why some aren’t big fans of this segment.
Creepshow 2 (1987) – “The Raft” segment ties with my other favorite in this film “The Hitchhiker” but I love the special effects, the concept is interesting of a creature lurking in the waters and what it looks like, etc. Creepshow 2 doesn’t live up to the higher caliber we put the first one in but it’s not bad either.
Friday the 13th (1980) – I mean, what can we say about this movie and its many sequels? Set around a campground and having water play a huge part in the myth around Jason Vorhees, it has its own vibe against the other BIG horror franchises.
Crawl (2019) – What a fun, surprising watch! The cast is super small but the environment we are put in is very, very massive.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) – Another classic, I think visually, this movie does some great things.
The Fog (1980) – I love this movie, it’s one of my favorite Carpenter films. It’s more than just a movie set around the California coastal line. It’s a ghost story, it’s a story about righting wrongs and town cover ups.
Orca (1977) – It’s so ridiculous and I know some consider it a rip off of Jaws but honestly, I have yet to see ANYTHING ELSE like this movie. This killer whale being pissed is underrated!
The Meg (2018) – If the Megalodon was still existing, I don’t know if it would be acting this wild. I used to work around sharks and they are pretty chill if you aren’t being aggressive. It’s still a fun movie, don’t take it too seriously.
What do you think about films that have a huge aquatic presence? Water in general is quite terrifying and you’d give it a spot under the horror umbrella, even more creepy. What movies would you suggest? Leave a comment below and let’s talk about it!