It’s hard to believe that the 40th anniversary of ‘Jaws’ is coming up, but on June 1st, 1975, Steven Spielberg changed the cinematic world as we know it. From helping further raise the popularity of mainstream horror, to the birth of the summer blockbuster, to a worldwide increase of galeophobia (the fear of sharks), this is a movie that made waves when it was released. Prior to ‘Jaws,’ there hadn’t been a summer blockbuster as moviegoers preferred outdoor entertainment when the sun was shining. Now 40 years later, Fathom Events and Universal Pictures are re-releasing ‘Jaws’ on the big screen.
From Sunday, June 21 through Wednesday, June 24, you’ll have a chance to watch this epic horror thriller in all of its glory. For many, this may be the first chance to experience the movie on a big screen since it was first released and made Spielberg a household name.
If you have never seen this 1975 classic you can check out the original trailer below:
It’s a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn’t sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy’s mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they’re going to need a bigger boat.
Tickets are on sale now over at Fathom Events. If you are planning on checking it out, it would be best to pick them up sooner than later. Of course, the one downside of ‘Jaws’ is that it is the primary reason we’ve all probably had to suffer through ‘Sharknado.’
Are you planning on checking out ‘Jaws’ on the big screen?
Sources: Slash Film