Today’s excruciating weather seems like a fitting tribute to the film everyone loves to hate-watch in the summer: Jaws. We say hate with a grain of salt, obviously, because the tale about a great white terrorizing an island community is one of cinema’s greatest hot weather movies — tapping into our universal fears like few can.
Steven Spielberg’s second feature film — which set the standard for summer movie blockbusters and is essentially an updating of Melville’s Moby Dick, based on Peter Benchley’s novel — first hit theaters today in 1975. For a film that’s almost 40 years old, Jaws is just as suspenseful and unnerving now as it was back then. Spielberg’s horrific shark Bruce is surprisingly scarier than most CGI monsters currently packing theaters.
With shark-filled beaches in mind, let’s take a look back at other movies that make us cringe when the temperatures rise. Tell us about the films that get your vote below.
Riots, death, and racial tension: these are a few things a neighborhood in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn endures during one of the hottest days of the summer. Tension amongst the larger than life personalities at war with each other eventually becomes unbearable, the scorching heat and hatred enough to send you searching out air conditioning no matter the cost. Lee’s production designer emphasized the boiling point — of the characters and the temp — by using a lot of reds and oranges for the urban color scheme.