Monday, September 30, 2013

Phil Goes Hollywood: Phil attends the World 3D Film Expo III: JAWS 3D-Spetember 7, 2013

So as Mo and I were getting ready to leave after seeing the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON at the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, we ran into our old friend Pat Jankiewicz, writer for the horror magazine Fangoria. He's also a published author; his two books "Just When You Thought It Was Safe: A JAWS Companion" and the recently released "You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: A Hulk Companion" are available online to order. He was there along with his good friend Heather from I-Con Entertainment to see the next screening at the World 3D Expo, which just happened to be the 1983 cult classic JAWS 3D! So Mo and I decided to head back into the theater and see the gem of a film!

Theatrical Movie Poster (1983)
Set at SeaWorld in Florida, the film follows Michael Brody (Dennis Quaid) and Sean Brody(John Putch), the sons of former Amity police chief Martin Brody (the late Roy Scheider) from the first two films. The brothers, along with Michael's girlfriend and dolphin trainer Kathryn Morgan (Bess Armstrong), must save the park from a killer 42ft mother shark that's on a rampage since her baby died there. Oh and Louis Gossett Jr. is in this film for some reason. Why, I don't know.

I saw this film when it first came out and I thought it was bad back then! Now seeing it 30 years later, it's still pretty damn bad, but now it's so bad it's good! The camp factor is way off the charts, the acting is really not that great, and of course, the shark still looks fake. But when you take all of these ingredients together and put it in a 3D blender, you've got yourself all the makings of a cult classic!

The only really redeeming factor in the film is that it has Lea Thompson in it and she looks hot! Damn hot! There's a scene where she and Sean go down by the shore and she gets naked and goes skinny dipping! Yup, 30 years later and that is still damn hot! Now this was her big screen debut! She would appear in other 80s classics like ALL THE RIGHT MOVES, RED DAWN, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL, HOWARD THE DUCK, and of course, the BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy.

The film was originally released by Universal Pictures on July 22, 1983. The film's budget was $18 million (which was pretty pricey back then) but it took in a staggering $42.2 million dollars! That's right, people actually went and saw this flick on purpose! Eventually the film was released on VHS, and then DVD. However, it has yet been released in its original 3D glory.

JAWS 3D is a perfect example of cult classic! If you are ever brave enough to see this piece of crap, I can guarantee that you're in for one hell of a treat! 4 out of 5 stars! Watch if you're brave enough!

JAWS 3D is available only on DVD in the standard 2D formant. To purchase a copy, visit your local retailer or visit the Amazon website.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

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