Jaws 2

MA 15+
Jeannot Szwarc, 116 mins, USA, 1978, Digital. Courtesy: Village Roadshow.

Jaws 2
Jaws 2
Jaws 2, with its superlative script, musical score by maestro John Williams and amazing cast lead by Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton (all reprising their roles from Spielberg's original), is a genuinely scary and slick sequel.

What makes the film even more interesting, however, is the way in which it adopted the trend that was happening in the horror genre at the time - the teen-orientated slasher picture. By the late 1970s and early '80s, the teen slasher film was on the rise.

In Jaws 2, a group of attractive teenagers radiating good health and normalcy (not unlike the Camp Crystal Lake camp counsellors of the Friday the 13th films) are stalked by an all-powerful leviathan. Here, the monster is not a crazy old woman avenging her son's death like Mrs Voorhees in Friday the 13th or the boogeyman stalking babysitters in the mid-west like Michael Myers in Halloween, but an oceanic great white shark whose disfigurement (its skin is severely burnt) becomes an extension of its monstrosity.

Dates   Sun 16 Jun 2013, 8pm
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