A Double Spook
As a fan of this fine film for many decades (yes, I saw it in its initial summer '75 release), I
have always been double spooked by the shark.
First, as someone who has always been drawn into the great story, I, like others, find the
shark's presence, both onscreen and suggested, as scary as anyone else. (Some modern-day
critics, reviewing the pristine Blu Ray, have suggested the new crisp transfer renders some
shots of "Bruce", the shark, unconvincing. I don't agree, and feel that good old fashioned
craftsmanship, as well as the use of the real ocean, create an effect far more realistic than
CGI could've ever produced).
But there's another layer of great (but fun) discomfort for me. I have a weird phobia about
anything MECHANICAL in water, ocean or otherwise. For instance, I have no issue being
in the ocean, or on a boat - I just wouldn't want to be in the ocean BESIDE the boat, or
worse - underwater beside it. I can't quite explain what I mean. What it boils down to,
is I would be supremely spooked out as a crew member being in the ocean with "Bruce",
what with his interior, creepy tubing, and that crane underneath. It would almost bother
me as much as being in the water with a REAL great white.
I have never met anyone else who quite gets what I mean, or shares the same spookiness.
Does anyone else here get what I mean? You couldn't pay me enough to be underwater,
operating that metal crane to get the fake shark up from the water. For what it's worth, I'm
genuinely spooked out by that scene of Hooper underwater - with the bright underwater
lighting - when the severed head rolls out. It's not JUST the head...it's his being underwater
with LIGHTING by the boat.
Final comment: I get the heebeejeebies from pool lights also. There's just something
very unnatural about a glass light underwater.