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Start your summer off right with 17 of our favorite sci-fi beach scenes

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Jun 21, 2013

It's officially summer, so it's time to hit the beach ... if you dare.

Most of the time the beach is a place for fun and relaxation. You can sit under an umbrella and read a book, have a swim, have a few beers, maybe even play a little volleyball, then close out your day with an epic sand castle project. It all sounds like a very lovely time. 

But in the sci-fi world, the beach gets ... complicated. You're still usually able to get the sun and the sand, but you also get giant radioactive lizards, shark/octopus hybrids, Nazi planes and sometimes even the terrible realization that the nightmare world you were living on was Earth all along.

So, in celebration of the weirdness that is sci-fi summer, we gathered clips of some of our favorite beach scenes (the ones we could find, anyway) from throughout sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Take a few minutes and watch the fun, then try to plan your ideal beach vacation somewhere a little more ... serene.

(Note: Many of these clips feature graphic violence, and some feature a bit of sexual content, so consider this NSFW.)


You think you're gonna be lucky enough to just be brutally killed by a giant octopus, and then you get the shark surprise. 

Planet of the Apes

It's too bad Charlton Heston has to be so distraught by the big reveal. That beach actually looks really relaxing apart from the monumental ruin that landed there.


 Click to the 5:30 mark for one of the strangest seaside meet-cutes in movie history.

The Fog

This is a different kind of beach, less for relaxing in a swimsuit and more for getting the crap scared out of you by a legendary actor.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon

Half this movie takes place right alongside the titular lagoon, but here's a particularly action-packed beach moment.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

No zombie pirates in this scene, but we do get some of the most iconic Captain Jack Sparrow moments in the whole series.

The Horror of Party Beach

In this clip from this somewhat notoriously cheesy B-movie, the creature claims its first victim.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Henry Jones remembers his Charlemagne at just the right moment ... on a beach.


Those little fish sure know how to wreck a good day at the beach for everyone.

Mothra vs. Godzilla

Godzilla and his monster pals spend a lot of time by the ocean, and it's led to some iconic scenes. Watch for the moment when Godzilla begins wrecking some oceanfront property while a frightened crowd scrambles up the beach.

Blood Beach

 Here's a horror film where you don't even have to go to the water's edge to meet a gruesome beach death.

X-Men: First Class

Magneto takes a moment to show his mutant superiority against the U.S. and Soviet navies.

Attack of the Crab Monsters

A guy can't even relax after a little SCUBA diving anymore without a giant crab trying to kill him.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Well ... they picked the wrong island to have a picnic on.

Humanoids from the Deep

The lesson here: Don't make out in front of the monsters. They get jealous.

Creepshow 2 ("The Raft")

Even if they don't look like the type, sometimes monsters like to hop up on the beach too.

Jersey Shore Shark Attack

If you weren't part of this particular craze, you'll get a special kind of satisfaction watching these people get eaten.

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