Does 'Sharknado' top 'Jaws'?
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Does 'Sharknado' top 'Jaws'?

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Forget "The Meg." "Jaws" and "Sharknado" are the real shark movies. The "Sharknado" franchise does sharks like no other. The made-for-tv film started out as a joke, but celebrity cameos, gore and the graphics make the film. "Jaws," on the other hand, is a movie that transcended basic summer blockbuster trash to become one of the greatest films of all time, exciting, rewatchable and beautifully shot. Our editors Keydra Manns and Cait Bladt take each other on to decide which shark film is king?

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#TeamSharknado
26.4%
#TeamJaws
73.6%

In case you live in a cave with no internet, "Sharknado" is a film franchise that follows a group of friends trying to survive a tornado infested with sharks. The tornado snatches the deadly sea creatures from the ocean and whips them around as folks try to avoid getting bitten or becoming lunch. 

Let's talk gore and graphics. "Sharknado" is ahead of its time. By the time the shark is actually revealed in "Jaws," you've probably fallen asleep on the snooze fest. "Sharknado," gets straight to the point and within the first 20-minutes of "Sharknado" a man is viciously attacked by the sea demon and before you know it sharks start flying around on land attacking everything that moves. The visual effects look so real you would think sharks are actually flying through the air. And when people start losing body parts, the 3D limbs look believable.  

Wow! Did you really just call "Jaws" a "snoozefest"? While it's true the shark is withheld until over halfway through the movie, the gore is absolutely not. Within the first five minutes of the movie, you have one of the most iconic screen deaths in film history. Poor Chrissie just wanted to go skinny dipping like the free spirit she was and she gets bitten in half for her troubles. By the time the shark is done with Chrissie. she's just a perfectly manicured hand covered in crabs. That's the kind of gore I'm looking for in a shark flick. 

The film is so awesome that A-celebrities campaigned to get involved. Tara Reid, Jerry Springer and Ne-Yo, among a slew of others, can all be spotted throughout the franchise, running and getting eaten by sharks. One of the most iconic moments might be Tara Reid giving birth inside of a shark's belly, then managing to slice her way through its flesh, rescuing herself and her baby. Not only is the plot thick, the undertones of the film obviously supports women's rights. Who knew "Sharknado" was a feminist flick?

Wow, ok. I'll be honest, I did not realize that Tara Reid gave birth inside a shark. That's incredible.

THAT SAID—"Jaws" doesn't need gimmicky appearances from B- and C-list celebrities. All it needs is the open ocean, man's innate fear of sharks and it's three leads blowing the barn doors off with their performances.

Robert Shaw gives a dang powerhouse performance as the haunted WWII veteran Quint. Roy Schneider imbues his Chief Brody with a warmth and humanity we don't see from our male movie stars anymore. And Richard Dreyfuss wears all denim better than anyone has ever worn all denim before. Seriously, could Jerry Springer make me cry during a shark movie? Nope, but Roy Schneider does.

Let's be honest the film isn't smart, but that's what makes it so good. Only a true creative can make such a ridiculous concept come to life. It's easy to create a film about a villain (Jaws) then rely on the protagonist (male) to save the day. "Sharknado" challenges stereotypes and the typical "I need a man to save me" trope that most films overdo. Cassandra Scerbo is the real hero in "Sharknado." Ian Ziering is a great asset to the film, but Scerbo could have totally taken down those sharks on her own. Yeah, she had a hiccup and was basically eaten alive but that could have happened to anyone! But like most women, she persevered! Go girl.

Yes, "Jaws" is an all white man movie, but what great white men these ones are! Quint's speech about his time on the USS Indianapolis is both harrowing and informative, teaching generation after generation of movie watchers about the tragedy of the Indianapolis. The whole scene, where Hooper and Quint compare scars as the boat creaks below them and the threat of the killer shark looms in the background, is masterful. They switch from humor to tragedy so quickly it takes the viewer's breath away. I know I'm getting very sincere here, but this scene is truly perfect! It makes the audience feel so many emotions! I know the lack of diversity in the cast is a problem, but with leads this good, you couldn't really ask for much more.

Last but certainly not least, let's talk numbers! For a TV movie on the Sci-Fi Channel, the film reached a wide audience. The first "Sharnado," hit the small screen in 2013 and the low budget film blew up Twitter. The film premiered on a Thursday night and #Sharknado was used at a rate of 5,000 per minute.  "Sharknado 6" is the final film of the franchise but would it have made it to number six if it wasn't amazing? NOPE! Check out the trailer for "Sharknado 6" which premiered in August. 

"Jaws" spawned quite a few sequels as well, but we don't need to talk about those (a shark pulls a helicopter out of the air, that's all you need to know). But the movie launched Steven Spielberg's career into the stratosphere. It remains one of the greatest and most well-respected movies of all time. 

And the soundtrack! I haven't even talked about the soundtrack yet! John Williams' score is simple, threatening and utterly unforgettable. 

Yeah, Sharknado was pretty good for a tv, but "Jaws" is the king. "Sharknado's" gonna need a bigger boat. 

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