12 Days of Terror (2004)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  August 2004 (USA)
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For 12 days in July, 1916, a shark patrolled the waterways of northern New Jersey. This docudrama is based on Richard Fernicola's account of those days. Other accounts of those 12 days led Peter Benchley to write _Jaws_.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Bartlett ...
Michael Schleisser
Dr. John Nichols
Roger Dwyer ...
Dr. Frederick Lucas
Mayor Perillo
Nigel Sweet ...
Paul Ditchfield ...
Commissioner Meel
Daniel Kriel ...
Lester Stillwell
Craig Geldenhuys ...
David Jeffery ...
Glen Biderman-Pam ...


July of 1916 was a time of record heat, a polio epidemic, and a World War in Europe. But beachgoers in New Jersey are threatened by a even greater terror: a shark that has suddenly developed a taste for human flesh. Starting July 1st and lasting over a period of 12 days, the unidentified shark kills four people and seriously injures a fifth before the attacks stop, and threatens New Jersey's thriving tourist industry. Based on true events, and one of the inspirations behind Peter Benchley's "Jaws". Written by AirraptorXRC

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for shark attacks | See all certifications »




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August 2004 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The identity of the responsible shark has never been conclusively proven. While common legend states that a Great White is the sole shark responsible, some scientists think a bull shark might have been responsible for at least the four attacks in the creek; others believe a school of sharks may have been responsible. See more »


The end credits contain a few misspellings. For instance, the credit 'co-producer' is spelled 'co-producernas' and 'art director' is spelled 'art directorr' (these two examples are right next to each other). See more »


Dr. John Nichols: I'm a fishman.
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Jaws prequel
6 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

12 Days of Terror is a dramatization of real events during the 1916 oddity where a shark cruises the NJ shores and tributaries for 12 days apparently looking for people to munch on. Some say that the concept of Jaws was taken from this true story. Many of the same Jaws characters are there, the business people and authorities who won't listen because money is involved, the few who understand the seriousness of the problem, and the 'main course' public who rely on the authorities to keep them safe from something they don't understand. Some discussion over just how many sharks were involved was glossed over since humans are a large meal and sharks don't need to eat every day because of a slower metabolism. Good acting, relatively good camera work, interesting scenery, and a passable script.

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