It has been 45 years since Steven Spielbergin legendary Killer shark (Jaws) appeared on the screen. The film was one of the most significant Hollywood films of its time and remains one of the most successful works of the horror genre.
The Killer Shark became the first film to generate more than a hundred million dollars. The horror classic won three Oscars: Best Cut, Best Original Music and Best Sound. The main roles were played by Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss.
Director Steven Spielberg was only 29 years old when the film was released in the summer of 1975. The killer shark elevated Spielberg to the forefront of the industry, and he is still one of the most successful filmmakers in the world.
The film has also been characterized as the first blockbuster film. Prior to the release, the producers considered the summer particularly bad during the film premiere. However, the killer shark revolutionized perception, as the film, released in the summer, immediately rose to immense popularity.
The film spawned several sequels, which, however, did not reach the same success.
The film is also remembered for its masterful music. The viewer cannot forget the composer John Williamsin created by the theme music that gets the skin on the chicken with its menacing and torturous atmosphere.
We put together eight facts that are rarely told about this classic film.
1. Based on true events
The killer shark movie is based on the author Peter Benchley to write a novel of the same name. The killer shark was not just a product of the imagination, but was loosely based on tragic true events. In two weeks in July 1916, a single white shark killed four people – including a 10-year-old boy – off the east coast of the United States in New Jersey.
The incidents shook the entire United States, as it was the first reported shark attacks in the country’s history that resulted in death.
Prior to the cases, researchers did not believe that the shark would be able to bite human bones across. The perception changed when only a fraction of the body remained.
2. The crew’s boat sank
There was a fatal accident in the filming when the Orca of a shark catcher Quintin seen in the film sank into the depths.
During the filming, the boat began to leak, and another ship arrived at the scene to rescue the crew. They were allowed to grab the filming equipment, but the film filmed all day was wet. The film was sent all the way to New York to the lab, where the technicians eventually managed to save the material.
3. The creator of the work appeared in the film
Peter Benchley, creator of the killer shark book, appeared in the film itself. He did a cameor role as a reporter, which was seen in a scene where he reported to the camera events from the beach.
4. Catastrophic descriptions
Although today Killer Shark even gets comic features, at that time the technical implementation was top quality and the film got its viewers in awe. The killer shark used a robot that was not even fully finished at the start of filming. For this reason, the entire shark was only seen at the end of the film.
The filming took place on Martha’s Vineyard Island off the coast of Massachusetts. Making the film was challenging and the mechanical shark was constantly falling apart.
Due to the problems, the descriptions stretched from 65 days to as much as 156 days. The production budget stretched from just under $ 4 million to nearly $ 9 million. However, the expansion of the budget did not end up in the end, as the film generated an astounding $ 471 million.
5. The iconic scene was filmed in the pool
When the filming was in the jar, Spielberg was unhappy with the scene where marine biologist Matt Hooper dives to examine the sunken fishing boat and is shocked to find the fisherman’s one-eyed head.
The director wanted the horror scene to be perfect and decided to shoot it again. The shooting was done by a film editor Verna Fieldsin in the backyard pool in California. To make the water look like a thick sea, a liter of milk was poured into the pool.
6. The shark was named after the counsel’s attorney
According to Spielberg’s lawyer, the robot shark was named Bruce. Resident in Los Angeles Bruce Ramer is a famous lawyer whose clients have included Demi Moore mixed Clint Eastwood. When the task force built a mechanical shark, they decided with a joke to name it after the instructor’s lawyer.
The impact of the killer shark on the film industry was still visible decades later. Pixar Finding Nemo The Giant Shark was named Bruce after the Killer Shark.
7. The right shark
The film also wanted footage from a real smell, so one scene was shot with the help of a shark. In the film, that scene is seen when Hooper descends into the water in a shark with his diving equipment, with the intention of hitting the shark’s cheek with a poison harpoon. However, the monster shark destroys the cage, and Hooper drops the harpoon and barely manages to escape by diving into the shelter on the seabed.
However, the real shark was smaller than Spielberg wanted, so he hired a small stunt actor for the scene.
8. The iconic poster disappeared into the cadres
Many also remember the killer shark’s purple poster. However, the original version of the iconic poster mysteriously disappeared in the 1970s.
The picture was designed by an artist Roger Kastel. After graduation, the work of art was recycled in bookstores at novel advertising events. Kastel last saw the work in a display at the Natural History Museum in New York in the 1970s. Since then, it has never been seen again.
“Maybe it’s been stolen, thrown away, or someone else still has it,” Kastel said.
If found, the work would undoubtedly be an immeasurably valuable collecting rarity. However, it is one of the most iconic posters in film history.
Collectors Weekly An expert interviewed by the magazine estimated the book to be worth at least about $ 20,000 in 2012 – however, guessing that if found, the book could cost significantly higher sums.
The creators of the movie poster decided to slightly exaggerate the size of the shark’s teeth, as they thought they wouldn’t have looked scary enough in their natural size. They did draw chewing stock that actually belongs to mackerel sharks.