Kong: Skull Island

★★½☆ – (2017) – A military guided expedition to an unclaimed island leads to the discovery of a massive ape. Gets off to a rip-roaring start, but after the first major action sequence, the pace takes a serious hit. Separate parties wander toward a rendezvous point amid sporadic creature battles, yet only one character has a background while others go missing for long stretches. The human scope is empty, but the mystique of Kong is top notch.

Up from the Depths

★★☆☆ – (1979) – A monstrous fish is on the prowl near a vacation resort, to the dismay of the resort’s owner. Best when moving fast and showing camaraderie among colorful characters, but too many slow areas bog down the fun. Gloriously goofy at times, with some okay gore and decent female eye candy.

The Shallows

★☆☆☆ – (2016) – A young woman travels to a specific vacation spot to surf and recollect, and becomes stranded on a reef by sharks. Yet another water feature that might pretend it’s on par with Jaws, but has no such credibility as it’s more akin to the atrocious Open Water. A drab showcase of a prolonged victim who suddenly rises against an improbable occasion.

2-Headed Shark Attack

2 Headed

★★☆☆ – (2012) – College students attempt to survive the wrath of a shark that has duel heads. Does nothing new besides adding an extra noggin to a creature, but thankfully includes cheap sleaze and cheaper gore. Dialog is awful and the acting is worse, but dopiness saves the day.

Cruel Jaws

Cruel Jaws

★★½☆ – (1995) – A tiger shark terrorizes a small community while a real estate investor refuses to shut down tourist attractions. Borrows heavily from Jaws, but is more enjoyable than any of its sequels thanks largely to a quick pace and rampant silliness. Goofy fun with plenty of shark mayhem.