Last week I had the urge to watch the JAWS movie series, since it was available on NetFlix..
The whole series is about this rogue killer shark, each a different shark because the shark in each movie was destroyed, I mean not just stabbed or anything, but blown to bits, except part 2, that one was electrocuted to the point it was on fire..
The movies also centered on the Brody family, which is not so strange since they seem to be the ones to kill the shark in every movie. But how do those sharks know who those people are and why would it seek such revenge on that family..??
Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) was in the first 2 movies and came up with some great lines before the shark was destroyed.. like; “Smile, you son of a bitch!” and “Open Wide! SAY AHHHHH!”
Movies 3 & 4 were about their sons, 3 was “located” in Florida at Sea World of all places and 4 was in the Caribbean.
JAWS 3 was 3-D (1983). The early 80s is when 3-D vision was being used in horror film, to add more of a scare effect in the movie theaters, you see something practically jumping out from the screen and at your face, the scare factor is high. Friday the 13th Part 3 was 3-D the year before.
The series ends with Jaws:The Revenge (Part 4). The Shark kills the youngest Brody son, Sean, who was a police deputy for Amity Island. It jumped up at his police boat, ripping off his arm and then a second chomp, pulls him under the water. Ellen Brody, the mom and former Chief Brody’s widow, said that Chief Brody died of a heart attack, Ellen says it was the fear of the shark and water that killed him.
Mike Brody, oldest son is living in the Caribbean and brings his mom to stay with them to help her over the grief of losing her son. There’s an ominous feeling she has, thinking, dreaming and knowing that the Shark is following her. Of course, she’s right, the Shark does come after the remaining family, even the little 5 year old granddaughter. But the Brodys team up and destroy that Shark again, proving that love of family and having the will to not give in to the fear of impending super natural doom, will win the day..
I noticed that these movies had to have a happy ending. The Shark had to be destroyed because Man has to be the dominant species on the planet, if super nature wins out, then people will be too afraid to live their lives.
These movies were during a time that practical effects were used. No CGIs or computer video effects trickery. They used some actual shark film footage and of course, had the largest animatronic shark built to scare the hell out of us.
When the first Jaws movie came out in my hometown in 1975, nobody went into the water or were even at the beaches during the whole month of June. It scared everyone that badly. And that makes me smile thinking about that a movie about a killer shark, would keep people from going swimming.
My hometown also was the place where they filmed Piranha 3D in 2010 about those killer prehistoric piranhas that ate Jerry O’ Connell’s penis and some springbreakers too.