In the summer of 1975, a 25-foot shark terrorised Amity Island and cinemagoers, propelling both Steven Spielberg and the Great White into the public consciousness. A day at the beach would never be the same again! Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Jaws and its release on 4K UHD, JB Hi-Fi has assembled a school of shark films with plenty of bite.
The original and the best, this one needs no introduction. So we’ll let the trailer’s ominous voiceover do the talking: “There is a creature alive today who has survived millions of years of evolution, without change, without passion, and without logic. It lives to kill. A mindless eating machine. It will attack and devour anything. It is as if God created the Devil, and gave him… Jaws.”
DEEP BLUE SEA 1 & 2 (1999/2018)
Scientists genetically altering mako sharks to benefit medicine can only end in tears – and blood – as Samuel L. Jackson discovers in an unforgettable moment. That still doesn’t stop them from trying again in a sequel, this time harvesting antibodies from aggressive bull sharks. They also enhance their intelligence – didn’t anyone think that might be a bad idea?
THE SHALLOWS (2016)
Imagine if Chrissie from Jaws hadn’t been eaten in the opening scene and had instead climbed aboard the nearby buoy to do whatever it takes to stay alive. That’s what Blake Lively does after being attacked a few hundred yards from the beach, waging a one-woman war against her finned aggressor. The Shallows reminds us a Great White can still be scary in a post-Sharknado world.
THE MEG (2018)
Taking its cues from Jaws, this deliberately dumb-but-fun action-thriller introduces a 75-foot prehistoric shark called the Megalodon – thought to be extinct but still lurking in the ocean depths. But has it met its match in the shape of Jason Statham? This adaptation of Steve Alten’s popular novel balances horror and humour in the finest monster movie tradition.
47 METRES DOWN (2017)
Mandy Moore and Claire Holt discover how Hooper felt in Jaws when a routine cage dive in Mexico turns into a nightmare. After a fraying cable and broken winch sends them plummeting to the titular depth, they must make it to the surface, pronto, before the oxygen supply runs out. No prizes for guessing what shows up to prevent this from happening…
How’s this for high concept? A tsunami traps a bunch of survivors in a flooded Queensland supermarket, where a pair of Great White sharks are prowling the aisles – and they’re not looking for specials! This Aussie mash-up of Deep Blue Sea and The Mist is an exceedingly daft but enjoyable B-movie that makes the most of its novelty premise. Just don’t expect Jaws Down Under.
When it comes to shark movies, if Jaws is the sublime then this schlockbuster – which spawned a six film franchise! – is the ridiculous. Yep, Twister meets Jaws in this enjoyably daft flick that stretches its one-joke premise to snapping point and throws a lifeline to some has-been actors like Tara Reid and Ian Zeirling. All this plus questionable cameos, laughable dialogue and dodgy CGI, but bad movie buffs wouldn’t want it any other way!