With Universal Studios recently announcing the closure of one of their original attractions, Jaws, I started to think about the horror movie itself. The movie was not only terrifying because of the giant, uncontrollable shark, but it also terrified because it involved one of the most vast, unknown elements in the world: Water. The ocean itself can be absolutely terrifying simply for the fact that it’s a mystery. One cannot see every living thing that is swimming around in the ocean and a person can suddenly be attacked without ever seeing its attacker coming. So, I decided to make a list of some of the best water-based horror films around.
A small, quaint New England town is gearing up for one of its most populated times of the year: summer. A woman is unexpectedly attacked and killed by a great white shark, which is unheard of in the area. When Amity Chief officer, Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), tries closing down the beach to protect tourists, the town council denies his requests because they do not want to lose money. Bad decision. Jaws is a ruthless killing machine who has hundreds of vulnerable people to eat. It’s all up to Brody, Marine Biologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), and shark hunter, Sam Quint (Richard Shaw) to take down the unstoppable force in this 1975 Steven Spielberg classic.