Jaws (1975) IMDb

Categorization

Horror. The first of the summer blockbusters, ushering in a new era of Hollywood where massive advertising (especially on TV, breaking a long period of hostility between the media) and simultaneous release permit hype to overcome criticism and word of mouth, whilst also upping the budgetary stakes in such a way that greater care is taken to adjust every major film to focus groups and other countercreative influences.

Subject

Fish eats people, air explodes.

Commentary

Nice incidental realism, but the poor special effects and horrendous portrayal of nature cannot be ignored. Still, it is less empty and less focused on style than The Italian Job (1969).

References here: King Kong (1976), Star Wars (1977), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), Transformers (2007).

fiction moving picture