The best horror films in my mind, are not the blood and guts movies. They are the ones when the audience cannot see the villain, but they knew he/she/it is in the scene and all you know what is about to break loose.
Jaws is a summer horror classic. Premiering 40 years ago, the movie scared audiences then and continues to do so today. Amity Island is a popular tourist destination in the summer. The beaches are full, the shore line is full and the sun is high in the sky. That is until a shark starts to terrorize the population. Sheriff Brody (Roy Schneider) has an instinct to close the beaches. But the mayor and city leaders don’t believe that closing the beach is necessary.
That is, until a boy is killed and his mother put’s a bounty on the shark’s head. Quint (Robert Shaw), a local fisherman with experience hunting sharks takes on the task of killing the beast. Teaming up with Brody and Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), representing the Oceanographic Institute, the men must find and kill the shark before it takes another life. But the shark is up to the task and won’t go down without a fight.
The genius of this film is that it does not heavily rely not on special effects, but on great writing, iconic music and hair rising scene setting to make the audience nervous. Unlike many of today’s movies which rely on computer generated graphics created in post production, this film lays it on thick during filming. After 40 years, it still holds up as a classic.
I absolutely recommend it.