Steven Spielberg was utterly convinced that Jaws would be the last film he ever made, predicting it to be biggest flop in Hollywood history. Instead he rewrote film history and revolutionised the industry by introducing the summer blockbuster concept and tie-in merchandising. Fortunately for the director, the mechanical shark consistently refused to work, requiring him to be more imaginative. Admiring Alfred Hitchcock’s skill in building suspense, Spielberg used the sharks’ point of view throughout the first half of the film. It worked, and when coupled with the iconic theme from composer John Williams, Jaws physically forced audiences out of their seats in sheer terror back in ’75. Watching a test screening of the film from the back of the cinema, Spielberg finally realised what he had created – a  hit.

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