A young women is killed in the ocean and Cheif Police Martin Brody believes he knows the culprit. It’s up to Cheif Brody to stop this killer!
Filmed in 1975 by Steven Spielberg and stars Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss. Jaws follows a small town New England cop that believes certain deaths have been shark related. One single shark to be particular. We go on a journey of a man trying his best to protect his townspeople from a monstrosity. Something that know one believes is real.
Jaws might be the horror film that has had the most impact on culture to date. It might also be one of the best horror films ever made. The story is intriguing and the performances by Scheider, Shaw and Dreyfuss are phenomenal. The movie has a brilliant mixture of drama, emotion, suspense, high tension to deep seeded terror. There are times when watching that it doesn’t feel like a horror movie. Things seem This was Spielbergs first major motion picture and it would launch his career into legend.
It literally made people scream in the theaters and impacted our views on sharks. Although sharks are visually menacing creatures, there are very little actual shark related deaths. In spite of the numbers, people are still weary of going into the ocean. I doubt even one person exists that doesn’t at the least think about a shark when entering the ocean. Those fears we have for sharks are thanks to this iconic film. For crying out loud I think about sharks even when I swim in a lake! That music pounds in my mind, making me look around for that fin sticking out of the water. Now that’s fear!
Jaws is an interesting horror film in the sense that it’s actually a slasher film! It just takes place in the ocean and our killer is a giant fish. Kind of like how Alien is a slasher film in outer-space. Like Freddy, Jason, Chucky, Leatherface and Myers; Jaws is up there as one of the greatest killers of all time. It also follows the same fable-like story in that the shark is stalking our protagonist and there’s literally an ending showdown between the two figures. Even after being killed the shark became a horror icon and soon sequels were made. Pushing our man eater into legendary horror status. Although we can forget about Jaws 3.
It’s an amazing film and although the shark may seem a little fake by today’s standards; it’s still a scary story. What I love about the film is that the scariest scenes in the movie don’t even show the shark. You know the shark is there and you know it’s killing or coming closer, but you never see it. All you hear is that low menacing music playing and OH MAN! Your heart is racing! It’s why Jaws is on my list of best horror films and will always remain a favorite of mine.