The Best Worst Sci-Fi

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My roommate and I have a particular fondness for wonderfully terrible movies, particularly SyFy originals. It all truly began with a little thing called MegaShark Vs. Giant Octopus. This movie is an absolute gem. It is simultaneously a horrible and awesome. So much so, that we then decided that the word MegaShark is the perfect adjective for all things that are horribly awesome.

Essential traits of movies that are totally MegaShark

Not every movie will include all of these elements, but they are pretty standard staples of this particular genre.

  • Low-budget and/or made-for-tv
  • The central plot revolves around a ludicrous (and awesome) premise
  • At least one semi-famous actor surrounded by actors no one has ever heard of; most, if not all, will be absolutely atrocious at acting
  • Scale of things–particularly the monster–will change drastically with for no reason and these differences will never be acknowledged
  • Heroes will perform amazing and ridiculous stunts that would never be possible in real life but are still pretty damn cool
  • To save money, many shots and effects will be repeated–sometimes flipped–throughout the film
    • Effects will usually consist of bad CGI
  • Also to save money, random stock footage will be used, especially for scenes of cities and/or crowds

Top 5 Examples

MegaShark Vs. Giant Octopus

First in the MegaShark series, which also includes MegaShark Vs. Crocosaurus and MegaShark Vs. MechaShark.


If the premise of a genetically engineered half-shark, half-octopus creature that can also breathe on land isn’t enough to interest you, then we can’t be friends. Also, the theme song is pretty sweet. This one has also inspired sequels: Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda and Sharktopus Vs. WhaleWolf


Not only is this movie ridiculously awesome, but so are the special features. I rented the DVD with some friends and we watched the special features which included some truly hilarious interviews.

Mega Piranha

This movie has some of the worst acting I’ve seen (and that’s saying something given the rest of this list) and a car chase in which the cars involved change repeatedly without explanation or acknowledgement. It’s hilarious.


Last, but certainly not least are the Sharknado movies. The first one was beautiful horrific and garnered so much attention, that the follow-up movies are FULL of cameos from celebrities of all kinds. The premise of the sequel is that the heroes from the first movie wrote a survival guide and became famous. You can actually buy the book they supposedly wrote!

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