Jaws 2 isn’t Jaws, I get it, but it deserves more love than it gets - although there seems to be a fair bit of it from The Daily Jaws followers. As sequels go it can’t really be categorised as a case of diminishing returns and whilst not mentioned in the same breath as Aliens and The Godfather Part 2 in fine sequel conversations it’s certainly better than the muddled The Exorcist 2, the teenage-themed Damian: Omen II, Halloween 2 and Plain dull Poltergeist 2. The originals of which were standout in their genres.Read More
Seeing Jaws live with an audience is almost like a religious experience of sorts, we all know the film inside out but collectively laugh at all the same places, the same was true with the Southend audience. Not quite as feverish as the fanatical RAH crowd - Jaws live Mecca if you will - there was no cheering and applause when Bruce exploded at the end.Read More
Prior to Jaws in Concert in Southend-on-Sea, our Chief Writer, Dean Newman, had an exclusive The Daily Jaws interview with him giving a fascinating insight into bringing the music to Jaws and other Spielberg classics to life, chatting about everything from the live film conducting experience to his favourite death in Jaws.
Answer that last question and you could be in with a chance of winning a mini-Jaws in Concert poster signed by Ben.Read More
And that film looks just as gorgeous today as it did over 40 years ago. Bill Butler - who celebrated his 97th birthday last weekend - plays a huge part in that, even more impressive as half of it was shot on or in the sea.Read More
Self-confessed games nut Spielberg has melded those two worlds in his adaptation of Ready Player One, which features a huge hit of iconic pop and movie culture references in an escapist virtual reality world. Those that have seen the trailers will have glimpsed the likes of a DeLorean, The Iron Giant and so on, but no Bruce.Read More
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ museum is going to need a bigger building as it has announced that the fourth and final surviving shark taken from the original mold is set to be the largest item on display...25 feet, just not three tons of him - he's only made out of fibreglass after all.Read More
Every so often Hollywood will make a hit film that will have such a cultural impact that it will radiate a slew of lesser quality cash ins and knock offs. We had years of it post Die Hard with Die Hard on a bus, plane, ship, train etc.
The same thing happened with Jaws as Hollywood discovered that nature just kept on fighting back...mostly badly. Even the posters, covering everything from Tentacles to Blood Beach feature a scantily clad young woman in distress (and little else) about to be enveloped by the corresponding film’s creature.Read More
I found myself thinking of new plays on not only “Jaws” but even other “Jaws” knock offs that came out shortly after it and in the years that followed, movies like “Grizzly”, “Piranha”, “Alligator”, “Blades” and so forth. But the main focus was “Jaws”, and I thought of ways to pay homage to all the great moments and characters in that movie, big and small. Some are obvious, well know and quoted often, but others would only be caught by the hardcore “Jaws” fan.Read More
Jaws, seems such an obvious title doesn’t it? That wasn’t always the case though, so you could have been reading this article on The Daily The Stillness in the Water or The Daily Leviathan Rising. Thankfully, some 125 titles later, we ended up with the Jaws title we know and love.Read More
Perhaps one of the most memorable parts of Jaws was its epic finale. The final sequence of Steven Spielberg’s classic gave audiences an unforgettable conclusion to an unforgettable film. But what makes a masterpiece ending? What about a finale leaves audiences cheering through the end credits?
Today, I’d like to analyze the ending of this film, and compare it to the finale of another Spielberg classic, Jurassic Park, to see exactly what makes these films go out with a bang (in the case of Jaws, literally).Read More
There's been lots of talk about whether Die Hard was or wasn't a Christmas film and although Jaws isn't (Jaws The Revenge actually is set at Christmas, perhaps that is why it is a turkey of a film. Check out my 30th anniversary look back at it here "Jaws Poor"), I thought the original Spielberg classic had many elements that lent itself to the Christmas story (sort of).
But Jaws is set in July!Read More
The evolution of a mechanical shark puppet that affected the history of cinema (and indeed, maybe even theme park engineering) still continues to fascinate us – and part of the reason may have something to do with the uncanny valley aspect of it all. This knowledge that those puppets aren’t the real deal, even after seeing behind the scenes footage with multiple wires poking out of the shark’s stomach, we can still watch Jaws and be just as terrified and mystified by this gigantic fish, even after 40 + years.Read More
The Daily Jaws writer and something of a t-shirt connoisseur, Dean Newman (DN), takes time out from deciding which Last Exit To Nowhere design to wear from his wardrobe (for the record he has multiple Jaws related items, Event Horizon, Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, The Thing) to speak with the creator of LETN, Mike, who are based in Nottinghamshire.Read More
Scheider’s performance is the glue that holds Jaws together; we are also the newcomer that experiences the world of Amity Island through his eyes – even if it is only an island if you look at it from the ocean. It all helps that he is like us, an everyman. He’s afraid of the water, can’t tie a knot and doesn’t even get to drive the boat! Not exactly Dwayne Johnson, but that is exactly what we love about Brody and Scheider’s performance. He’s endearing, likable and relatable.Read More
JAWS, quite rightly has a place in movie history. It's become a fan favourite, it’s one of Steven Spielberg's finest and is one of those rare examples of a movie being better than the book. When Jaws came out in 1975 it caused a huge buzz. If there was such thing as a movie going viral back then, then this movie definitely did that. You can always sense when a movie is something special when it starts to get referenced in other movies and TV shows. Here are ten of the earliest examples of Jaws being seen, heard or referenced in a movie or TV show from the 1970s.Read More
The battle against the shark was one thing, but that was nothing compared to the frisson between Hooper and Quint, and if it seemed realistic it was because it allegedly was.
And if his role as Matt Hooper put Dreyfuss at the top of the cinema tree, then it was Spielberg's follow up that cemented it. Spielberg, Dreyfuss, Production Designer Joe Alves and Composer John Williams were all back; this time however they weren't after a bigger boat but more of a bigger spaceship.Read More
Like many Jaws fans, I was the first in line to purchase tickets for the ‘Jaws in Concert’ shows at the fabled Royal Albert Hall in London; watching Jaws with a live orchestra was pretty high up on my “Jaws bucket list” (there’s a whole other post on that I reckon!) so it was an opportunity not to be missed.Read More
Der dum, der dum, der dum…famous in swimming pools and cinemas worldwide the Jaws theme did for seas and sharks what the Psycho theme did for showers and kitchen knives.
Arguably, not since has there been a piece of music that has so transcended its original material and is known worldwide, passed down by generations, known even to those who have not seen it or have been too young to view it.Read More