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A 1975 shocker that made a generation terrified of the sea and a 1999 pseudo-scientific hydrophobia inducer. Two pretty scary shark films: Steven Spielberg’s original masterpiece Jaws and Renny Harlin’s career pinnacle Deep Blue Sea were both films that gave us a clear message… sharks aren’t to be trifled with.

Considered the original shark film by many due to its resounding success, Jaws made Spielberg a household name, a young multi-millionaire and an award-winning director. It holds a coveted 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and became the highest-grossing movie of all-time when it was first released in 1977.

Deep Blue Sea was not as fundamentally ground-breaking as its opponent, but nonetheless provided an even mix of good thrills, great performances and clear messages about how messing with shark brains is a one way ticket to disaster. Let’s leave behind critical, commercial and lengthy successes and look at the films at face value. »

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