Reviewing The Jaws Series

Jaws (1975)
Release Date: June 20, 1975
Director: Steven Spielberg
Studio: Universal Pictures
Based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name, Jaws is the classic horror film about a massive great white shark plaguing a summer New England resort town. Jaws was the notable originator the summer blockbuster, a trend that would soon follow with other release strategies, such as Star Wars.

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Jaws 2 (1978)
Release Date: June 16, 1978
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Studio: Universal Pictures
Jaws 2 is a surprisingly entertaining sequel to Steven Spielberg’s original. The story again takes place in the happy beach town of Amity with Roy Scheider reprising his role as Police Chief Brody while a killer shark again plagues the town -this time attacking Brody’s own children.

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Jaws 3-D (1983)
Release Date: July 22, 1983
Director: Joe Alves
Studio: Universal Pictures
Jaws 3-D is as bad as the title suggests. The third installment in the Jaws series relies on the cornball gimmick of creating a “3-D” horror movie, a popular cash-grab in the ’80s which has thankfully fallen out of favor. The concept behind the plot is mildly interesting -a great white shark gets loose in Sea World and terrorizes the staff and animals. However, the film spectacularly fails to deliver on this idea. The film stars a young Dennis Quaid who claimed he was completely high on cocaine in every single scene of the movie.

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Jaws 4: The Revenge (1987)
Release Date: July 17, 1987
Director: Joseph Sargent
Studio: Universal Pictures
Jaws: The Revenge is hands down one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Cheap, campy, ridiculous, boring -the fourth installment of the Jaws series is renowned for being a wholly unadulterated waste of celluloid. It was once called one of the “fastest” productions ever released in cinema history. It follows the Brody family as they travel to the Bahamas while being hunted by a vengeful shark.

Ranking My Favorite Jaws Films

#1 Jaws (1975)

#2 Jaws 2 (1978)

#3 Jaws 3-D (1983)

#4 Jaws 4: The Revenge (1987)

1 thought on “Reviewing The Jaws Series

  1. I’m glad that it finally ended with Jaws 4 which was indeed terrible and one of the worst film career decisions that Michael Caine ever made. The sequel curse for several films in the following decades may have started around this time and, speaking for myself, it sometimes makes it difficult to enjoy re-watches of the original films. Thankfully though the impacts of such original films on the history of the cinema can healthily survive and Jaws in its own right still qualifies.

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