Anyone who has seen a Sharknado movie before knows exactly what you're letting yourselves in for. They're movies best enjoyed with a pizza, a crate of beer and your brain firmly switched off! Whether you believe it or not, Global Swarming takes this franchise to even more ridiculous levels, involving blimps, shark proof helmets, time travel, and of course more sharks than you could shake a chainsaw at.Read More
Never fully away from the public’s consciousness, every shark film since, has owed a huge amount to Jaws, but of course we are now living in an age where perhaps sharks are not the feared beast they were in the summer of 1975. So often the laughing stock of cinema, shark movies have settled comfortably in the realm of B-movie fodder, with straight-to-SyFy shark movies being the most commonplace. However, the aforementioned The Shallows restored some credibility to the genre, and proved it could still be a draw on the big screen.Read More
The Revenge is what most fans and film critics of the original would like to have on this third and (to date) final sequel to Jaws which was the final theatrical film directed by Joseph Sargent, perhaps most famous for The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, which featured a pre-Jaws Robert Shaw on bad guy duties. Whilst Revenge is series cannon most would probably like to see it fired out of one.Read More
Ah, poor Chrissie. The opening night time attack is up there with the shower seen from Psycho, sharing with it the vulnerablenessof being naked, and even after all this time it still packs a punch like a train.Read More
My memories of Jaws continue to grow as I have grown older. The first time I saw the film in a cinema was at a special midnight screening, where a drunk stood up half hour into the film and said ‘this is the film with the big fish’ and walked out, I’m not sure, but I’m guessing he though the Jaws would refer to a film of a more adult nature.Read More
"...if a single film can deliver all that forty-plus years on, does it really deserve a remake? If it can still terrify audiences upon their first viewing, do we really need it rebooted and told in a more modern environment?"Read More
In the UK its election time (again) and of course last year it was the Presidential election in the US. So, in this time of media savvy, truth-bending, baby-kissing, sharp-suited political types, who best to turn the Jaws spotlight on than Mayor Larry Vaughn?
Even as a child, I never thought of Jaws as a horror film, but rather an drama. That's not to say that I didn't find it terrifying the first time I watched it (even in its edited-for-television version that was much less bloody and left out a couple of severed limbs). It's just that horror films lose their edge after their original viewing. Audiences know when the scares are coming, and in a genre reliant on catching you off guard, such movies have trouble living up to their original screenings. Jaws, on the other hand, is like a fine wine (or Clint Eastwood's directing). It improves with age.Read More
Bond, James Bond. He gets the gadgets and the girls but the bad guys get the swanky lairs and deadly creatures that they use to despatch staff who have outlived their usefulness. That range of creatures includes everything from tarantulas to crocodiles, to piranhas and of course, sharks.Read More
JAWS, whilst having its light and humorous moments can’t exactly be referred to as being a (three) barrels of laughs, but being such an iconic cultural touchstone, not just classic film, has meant that it has long since been part of our subconscious. As such, over the years, that means that Jaws has been ripe for the comedy bullet, smile you son-of-a-bitch indeed.
The Keith and Paddy Picture Movie Show is the latest to spoof or pay comedy homage.Read More
My "holy grail" is the stunt harness that Susan "Chrissie" Backlinie wore during the opening attack sequence. As you know a pair of blue jean shorts were altered and "brackets" were attached to each side.Read More
Don't worry, 'Bruce'hasn't taken over from the Easter bunny or chomped all your chocolates - he can't stay down with three Lindor bunnies in him! When we say Easter eggs we mean of the film variety, those little in jokes and references waiting to be hunted done. That's a relief as all of those yellow chicks would have been harbingers of dorsal fin-related doom.And the colour yellow is exactly where we start...Read More
This book changed the game. Just when you thought there was nothing more to learn, see or read about the making of Jaws, Matt Taylor (with the help of Jim Beller) complied for the first time ever the behind-the-scenes photographs and stories of the Martha's Vineyard locals who worked as labourers and/or actors into a treasure trove of Jaws rarities. An absolute must have for any Jaws fans and filmmakers alike!Read More
What was it like working with Lorraine Gary?
She was lovely. I really only worked with her for a couple of weeks. Much of my time on the movie was spent alone in a big tank on the Universal lot. The exteriors were shot on location in Martha’s Vineyard for two weeks. So Lorraine and I spent quite a bit of time together, which helped with our short, but important on screen relationship.Read More
Let’s get one thing straight; JAWS is not simply a shark movie. It is THE shark movie. It is the shark movie that all other shark movies get instantly compared to. But why is that? Why is it that whenever Hollywood announce a new man-eating shark film is to be released, the cinematic audiences automatically state “I bet JAWS is still going to be better?”Read More
As a huge fan of Jaws that sadly is too young to have seen it on the big screen when it was released back in 1975, I will of course jump at the opportunity to see my favourite film given the full cinematic treatment. In August 2016, I finally got the chance to do just that, as the Prince Charles Cinema in London was showing it as part of a double-bill with Spielberg’s 1993 classic, Jurassic Park (another film I was too young to see on the big screen - sorry I’m just rubbing it in now, I know!). Now I am a fan of Jurassic Park, don’t get me wrong, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say the main reason I was attending was to see Jaws, and really seeing Jurassic Park as well was just an added bonus.Read More
It turns out that Matt Hooper wasn’t the only taking one photographs on Jaws, so was actor Alfred Wilde, behind the scenes on the film that is just as famous for its making of as it is for being one of the greatest films of all time.Read More
JAWS, 25 feet and all three tonnes of him, will be making his first UK appearance with a live orchestra this October. The film, first released in 1975, is being screened at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra – surely that should be Orca-chestra - filling us equally with the thrills and foreboding of the classic John Williams score.Read More
First of all, psychologically, we are built to fear the unknown and we all carry the memories of our ancestors’ survival experiences on an unconscious level.
So, naturally, our instinct to survive raises our anxiety over any danger especially when it comes to the unknown just like the black depths of the water without knowing what lurks below. As you can imagine our ancestors didn’t have much cool memories with beautiful beachgoers but instead so many lethal experiences when it comes to the memories of the sea. So, the movie “Jaws” directly stimulates our deepest fears.Read More
Hooper: “It doesn’t make much sense for a guy who hates the water to live on an island either.”
Brody: “It’s only an island if you look at it from the water.”
A Great White Shark attacks and kills several people across the Cornish coast, such was the cut and thrust of my 1987 mini-epic, Jaws V, written in my English lessons at school.