Sharks. They’re scary. If you ask anyone who experienced peak childhood in the ‘70s what the scariest movie is, you’d think you’d hear lots of The Exorcist (1973) or The Shining (1980) or The Omen (1976). But for a lot of people, it’s ‘we’re going to need a bigger boat.’
It makes sense. Some animals are cute and cuddly. Some are stately. Others are the kind of creatures you’d want to take out for a beer. (We’re looking at you, flying squirrels.) But sharks simultaneously evoke the characteristics of stupidity and pure evil. They seem to be the figurative offspring of Martin Shkreli and the xenomorph from Alien.