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Frightful Friday: Jaws

Because of the imminence of Halloween, October Fridays always seem like the scariest Fridays. So, every Friday leading up to the freakiest of holidays I'll be featuring one of my favorite scary movies to help get us all in the mood.

Like many children of the '70s and '80s, Jaws scarred me for life. It didn't help when I went to Universal Studios as a kid and endured an animatronic white shark with glassy black eyes and sharp teeth lurching out of the water toward my young terrified face.

Memories of this film are woven into the fabric of my mind, to the extent that I feel a twinge of fear when swimming in the ocean, even now as an adult. Also, I have to watch the Discovery Channel's Shark Week with one eye closed every year.

In case you didn't have maniacal older siblings or cousins who subjected you to frightening movies like Jaws as a kid, the story follows a great white shark that terrorizes people. After killing a boy, a bounty is placed on the animal and shark hunters take to the waters in search of it. A few guys finally come head to bloodthirsty head with the shark and battle it out to the finish.

Tell me: What are your memories of Jaws?

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kikila kikila 9 years
everything about this movie is perfect... especially the cast. my all-time favorite line from a movie ("gonna need a bigger boat") and my all-time favorite scene from a movie (drinking, comparing scars & the story of the indianapolis).
pargie pargie 9 years
I love the Jaws movies! I was lol about the ride. I used to go on that ride as a kid too, and relived it on my honeymoon with my husband last summer...It wasn't any less terrifying as an adult.
nannychica nannychica 9 years
I've seen it a million times and I even own all of the sequels on DVD. They're corny as hell but I don't care. :) There are quite a few older movies that are considered classics that I've never seen but anytime I come across someone who admits to never having seen Jaws, I'm in shock. lol
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
omg i saw this when I was 5 n its the reason y im terrified of sharks till today- i remember being terrified of bubble baths n pools when i was a kid just because of Jaws. Evil movie.
Pammy Pammy 9 years
I think it's the first scary movie I ever saw!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
CaterpillarGirl, every time my boyfriend makes a toast, that's what he says. :rotfl: "Here's to swimmin' with bow-legged women."
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
My memory of Jaws is watching it with my mom in our basement and literally getting so mad at the movie in the end because the stupid shark would NOT die!!! it was ridiculous.
StefaPie StefaPie 9 years
I vacation on Martha's Vineyard, where it was shot. My cousin Sean is actually an extra in a lot of the beach scenes. Whenever i watch the movie i see all of these places i love to go to (including the bridge that i jump off of to dive into the water at state beach) so it's like a nice trip back. Until the shark comes.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
This movie was nominated for an Oscar for Best picture; it won 3 Oscars for best editing, score and sound. It also won a golden globe for Best Score by John Williams, and he also got a Grammy. I love this movie, because of the way it made me feel as a child. Frightened of more than the dark, more than what’s in my closet, it made me terrified of shadows in the water and of creatures I knew nothing about. I lived at the ocean, we had a beach house! The thought of going into the deeper parts made my heart flutter, and my legs freeze up. “Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces” “Here's to swimmin' with bow-legged women”.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
That very first kill of that girl was enough, I'm still leery of the ocean.
BlairBear BlairBear 9 years
"We're gonna need a bigger boat", it's like 'duh'. I mostly thought this movie was kind of a joke. It never really scared me.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I only saw this movie for the first time a few years ago (it's my boyfriend's all-time favorite and he made me watch it). It's a fantastic horror movie. I love the part where Roy Scheider realizes that the little kid was eaten by the shark and the camera does that cool zoom in/pull back thing. And Quint kicks total ass.
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