A to Z – Jaws
Last October after watching all the movies on TV before Halloween, I got the idea to do an A to Z on horror movies. I also have a story premise in the back of my head involving horror movies, so this fits into my research for that. So I’m going to talk about random horror movies.
First, I am no film critic, just a person who likes horror movies. And second, some of the posts may contain spoilers. So you have been warned.
IMDb Summary: When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.
Cheese factor: Low
Gore factor: Medium
Creep factor: Medium
Could it happen? Unlikely, but maybe a small chance (I’m no shark expert)
Jaws is one of those movies almost everyone has seen. And it’s spawned so many copycats. I’ve seen tons of man-eating shark movies. Of course they are all pretty cheesy compared to the Jaws. And of course everyone knows the da dum, da dum, da dum, da dum sound, even if they haven’t seen the movie. The sound that means get the hell out of the water.
The thing that makes this scary is that sharks do attack people. Yes, shark attacks are rare, and I’m pretty sure most of them are not from giant great whites, but still. And again, I’m no shark expert, but for a shark to attach a big boat and rip it apart, that seems highly unlikely. But I won’t say impossible.
I’m not afraid of shark attacks, but I will admit that thanks to Jaws, the thought crosses my mind when I go into the ocean. But then again, I think about jellyfish stings, and how to get rid of the pain thanks to that episode of Friends years ago. (Remember that?)
But for Jaws, I love the combination of gritty characters and the setting and that most of the movie feels very real. (The unreal part being the last few scenes.)
Do you think about shark attacks when you swim in the ocean?