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Jaws – 12th Scariest Movie of All Time

Can’t argue with this.  You probably all know this story but I’m gonna tell it anyway.  Cause it’s one of those happy accidents that makes history.  Just like the guy who invented stickers.  So here’s what happened:

Steven Spielberg was only 28 and his entire career was resting on this movie.  It was on a tight budget and timeline.  And it got all fucked up.  And it all boiled down to one thing:  The shark didn’t work.  It didn’t look real.  It didn’t do what it was supposed to do.  It was ruining the movie.  And it made Jaws one of the greatest movies of all time.

See, since the shark didn’t work, they had to try to make people think there was a shark without showing the shark.  That’s why you see those goddamn barrels pop up.  They wanted the shark to pop up.  But as much as I think about it, I cannot imagine how they could have thought having the shark in there would be better.

Yeah, it’s one of the 31 Scariest Movies of All Time, but it’s more than that.  If you’ve never seen it you suck!  I wish it were higher on the list but I can’t argue with science.  But what I can do is give you something I haven’t given for any of the movies so far.   As usual, trailer after the jump.  But I’m also including the beginning of a documentary about the making of the movie.  Goddamn I love this movie.

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Acadia Einstein

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  1. bluzdude

    One of my all time favorites. To truly experience the movie, though, you needed to see it in the theaters during its first run. Audiences were losing their fucking minds.

    My younger brother had seen it first, had told me all about it. I’d also read the book. And when Hooper is investigating the hull of the beaten up boat, my brother was like “here’s where the head comes out, here’s where the head comes out…”

    The head came out and I still shot back in my seat.

    Aside from the numerous comedic lines, my favorite part was Quint’s USS Indianapolis speech… just chills my shit, right there.

    This movie changed people’s behavior!. That’s rare, my friends.

  2. Jen

    When my son was 6 and we stuck inside one rainy afternoon, Jaws was on TV. I couldn’t watch anymore Pokemon and suggested we watch Jaws. I hadn’t seen it since I was a kid and figured they take out the head part. We watched the opening scene, with the little boy named Alex (which happens to be my son’s name) he screamed (my son) for a good ten minutes and then told me what a bad mother I was for letting him watch it.

    For me, Nightmare on Elm Street and Last House on the Left (the original) will always be the scariest movies. But then I can’t watch movies like Saw.

  3. Patrick

    The unseen monster.. the music.. it has it all. One of the best in my opinion.

  4. Acadia

    @Jen – lol you are awesome.

    @Patrick – it does have it all. ALL!

  5. Evangeline

    I’ve never seen it.

  6. Evangeline

    Doubt I ever will.

  7. Evangeline

    Stupid scardycat.

  8. captain america

    there is a dentist somewhere?

  9. Nicole

    My daughter watched Jaws and was not scared by it in the least. Movies like this don’t frighten her. Put on the show Lost Tapes and it’s a different story.

    And I have to say, the remake of Last House on the Left disturbed the shit out of me. Anytime a movie has rape in it, it bothers me. What they showed on the remake was too graphic for me.


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