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12 Days of Terror (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | TV Movie August 2004
For twelve 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.

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July of 1916 was a time of record heat, a polio epidemic, and a World War in Europe. But beach-goers 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. Written by Fyre EmberBorn

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

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 »

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he scientist stated that bull sharks swim in fresh water including Lake Nicaragua. It was not until the early 1970s that it was proven that fresh water sharks and bull sharks were the same. Prior, it was believed they were two different species. See more »

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Dr. John Nichols: I'm a fishman.
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Its Jaws, but not as we know it.
22 April 2006 | by (Manchester, England, UK) – See all my reviews

Almost gentle version of Jaws, with all key elements still intact; the business officials refusing to close the beach, the one man fighting public opinion, the grief stuck mother.

Here's the thing, Peter Benchley based Jaws upon this true story. So whether you consider the 1916 attacks or Jaws as the 'original' is up to you. But to my liking the film has one to many 'replica' lines from the Spielberg classic. Including the salty sea-dog of a shark hunter.

Don't get me wrong, this is actually a very enjoyable film. But don't expect to watch Jaws twixt the Waltons, its better than that; including elements of politics of the time (America's continued resistance to join the war in Europe) and the class structure of rich and poor.

Interesting, very interesting.... but would you pay to see it? No, I guess not.


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