There’s some-fin in the water

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There’s some-fin in the water – Greatest ‘shark attack’ films of all-time

3. Open Water (2003)

‘I wanted to go skiing’.

Love it or loathe it, just the premise of Open Water is enough to send chills up and down one’s spine. The story of a couple, Susan (Blanchard Ryan) and Daniel (Daniel Travis) left stranded at sea after their dive-tour operator mistakenly leaves them behind. Filmed with real sharks, which only adds to the couples terror, Open Water does what it does very well, and if, like me, you find yourself truly engaging with the characters it is a terrifyingly bleak tale. Some nice visuals accompany an overwhelming sense of hopelessness, which very likely left many viewers with mixed feeling toward this entry.


2. Jaws 2 (1978)

‘Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…..’

As with most sequels, Jaws 2 set out to be bigger and badder than its forerunner. Unfortunately, in this case, the movie found itself being compared to an out-and-out masterpiece, and so from the get-go was on a hiding to nothing. As a sequel to the classic JawsJaws 2  does not deserve to be uttered in the same sentence as its fabled predecessor. As a stand alone film, however, it is a very different story. Very enjoyable, with an interesting story that again, like the original, brings its human victims out to sea and far from help. Jaws 2 features some terrific set-pieces (the water-skiing scene being one of my personal faves) and some passable (for the time) shark effects. Not  patch on Spielberg’s original, but a worthy entrant in the pantheon of films based around killer sharks.


1. Jaws (1975)

‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat’.

No introduction needed. We’re not just talking about the greatest ‘shark attack’ movie of all time, we are talking about arguably the greatest movie of all time. Suffering a troubled production in which anything that could go wrong, did go wrong, young Director Steven Spielberg was forced to reach into his not inconsiderable bag of tricks during the months of filming on the now famed Martha’s Vineyard set. With a rubber shark that wouldn’t work, inclement weather and lead actors who just could not get along, Jaws managed to emerge as the first of the now annual summer blockbusters and set a standard that movies even today generally fail to achieve. A masterful score by John Williams and razor sharp editing by the late Verna Fields (both of whom had worked with Spielberg on his first feature film, The Sugarland Express) deserve special mention. Jaws is, quite simply, the monster of all monster movies.



How did I do? Any favourites I failed to mention? Please fell free to let me know. I could do with some fresh material to sit down and watch!



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