If all you need to get in the mood for Halloween is a good scare, why not watch “Jaws?” Some may think this 1975 movie set in a beach town is not Halloween fare. Yet “Jaws” delivers more genuine scares than many traditional horror films.
One of Steven Spielberg’s first big hits, “Jaws” is based on a book by Peter Benchley. It begins with a girl getting killed in the water by a shark. The sheriff, Martin Brody (played by Roy Scheider), warns the mayor, Larry Vaughn (played by Murray Hamilton), that the water is dangerous, and the beach should be closed. But he does not listen because the town’s prosperity depends on the lure of the beach. Unfortunately, this selfishness results in another death. Eventually, eccentric shark expert Matt Hooper (played by Richard Dreyfuss) is brought in to help.
Steven Spielberg’s direction is superb. He does not show the shark for the first half of the film, which makes it more exciting when it finally does come.
The movie has an iconic score, which won an Academy Award for John Williams. His music punctuates every suspenseful scene in the film.
All of the performances are excellent. Richard Dreyfuss is especially strong as Hooper, the frustrated scientist desperate to prove to the mayor that a shark is in the water. Robert Shaw is equally good as Quint, a fisherman who suggests hunting the shark.
“Jaws” is a must-see for any film fan.