Like many of you guys out there, this here horror movie fan kneels at the altar of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Raiders of the Lost Ark director Steven Spielberg's second film Jaws starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss. In fact, I find the film to be one of the few "perfect" movies out there. Thus I have seen every behind the scenes documentary out there, heard all the tales worth telling, and seen all the pics from the long and arduous shoot. Well, at least I thought I had seen all the pics. However, today it seems I'm wrong as new and never before seen behind the scenes pictures have been unearthed from the set of Jaws.
The new pictures come to us (in a roundabout way) from director John Campopiano (Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary, Pennywise: The Story of IT). Recently, the filmmaker was on a visit to Martha's Vineyard where the original film was shot and ran into a fellow named Billy Reagan (who in my mind must have been dressed like Horatio McCallister from The Simpsons), sitting in a porch rocker. Once Reagan realized that Campopiano and his wife were fans of Speilberg's masterpiece, the man explained that he was around during the filming in 1974 - and had taken some photos. Nice!
What the old man shared were pics of a technician with his head in the shark (AKA Bruce's) mouth, and Steven Spielberg talking with some kids during the infamous estuary scene. On top of that, there are a few general behind the scenes shots of the filming of said "infamous estuary scene," which, by the way, this guy considers to be one of the most utterly horrific scenes of all time. You know the "Jaws sliding in sideways to nom some hairy leg" shot I'm referring to. Check them out below!
For those of you out there that have been living under rocks since 1975, Jaws tells the tale of a beach community that descends into chaos when a killer shark swims into town and starts eating all the legs off all the little boys on yellow rafts. From there it's up to the local sheriff with a fear of water, a marine biologist with a fear of razors, and an old seafaring curmudgeon to hunt the infernal beast down. Trust me. It's as badass as it sounds.
Jaws was directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb based on Benchley's novel of the same name. Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown produced, and the film starred Roy Scheider as Chief Martin Brody, Robert Shaw as Quint, Richard Dreyfuss as Matt Hooper, Lorraine Gary as Ellen Brody, and Murray Hamilton as Mayor Larry Vaughn. John Williams provided the film with its perfect score, the cinematography was handled by Bill Butler, and the whole shebang was edited together by Verna Fields. Zanuck/Brown Company and Universal Pictures were the production companies behind the scenes and Universal Pictures distributed the film into theatres near your teenage parents on June 20, 1975. These pics come to us via The Wrap.