“I’m telling you, and I’m telling everybody at this table that that’s a shark! And I know what a shark looks like because I’ve seen one up close. And you’d better do something about this one because I don’t intend to go through that hell again!” It must not be safe to go back in the water. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they foolishly go back in the water anyway for Jaws 2 (1978).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 122 – Jaws 2 (1978)
Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.IMDb
- Director: Jeannot Szwarc
- Writers: Carl Gottlieb, Howard Sackler; (based upon characters created by) Peter Benchley
- Roy Scheider as Chief Martin Brody
- Lorraine Gary as Ellen Brody
- Murray Hamilton as Mayor Larry Vaughn
- Joseph Mascolo as Len Peterson
- Jeffrey Kramer as Deputy Jeff Hendricks
- Collin Wilcox Paxton as Dr. Elkins (as Collin Wilcox)
- Ann Dusenberry as Tina Wilcox
- Mark Gruner as Michael “Mike” Brody
- Susan French as Old Lady
- Barry Coe as Tom Andrews
- Gary Springer as Andy Nicholas
- Donna Wilkes as Jackie Peters
- Gary Dubin as Eddie Marchand
- John Dukakis as Paul ‘Polo’ Loman
- G. Thomas Dunlop as Timmy Weldon
- David Elliott as Larry Vaughn Jr.
- Marc Gilpin as Sean Brody
- Keith Gordon as Doug Fetterman
- Cynthia Grover as Lucy
The Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew has a mixed reaction to Jaws 2. Chad really missed the Matt Hooper character but loved Roy Schieder’s performance and enjoys the film tremendously. On the other hand, Bill thinks Jaws 2 creates the template for disappointing sequels, but having said that, points out that it is the best Jaws sequel and is still entertaining. Jeff enjoyed the film but had problems with the logic of some of its story. The urgency of the original was missing in Jaws 2, according to Doc, and he was horribly disappointed with it.
The Grue-Crew is a bit split on Jaws 2 but, hey, it’s still the best Jaws sequel. At this writing, it is available on Blu-ray in a variety of packaging and is streaming on HBO max.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be And Now the Screaming Starts! (1974), directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beachem, Ian Ogilvy, Patrick Magee, and Herbert Lom.
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