Jaws 3-D (1983)
Directed by Joe Alves
Writing credits Carl Gottlieb
Dennis Quaid.... Michael 'Mike' Brody
Bess Armstrong.... Kathryn Morgan
Simon MacCorkindale.... Philip FitzRoyce
Louis Gossett Jr..... Calvin Bouchard
John Putch.... Sean Brody
Lea Thompson.... Kelly Ann Bukowski
Jaws invades an underwater park. The idea was great. The problem is the special effects are terrible. I missed it when it came out in theaters so I never got to experience the 3-D phenomenon. Maybe that would have made a difference but I doubt it.
A giant shark attacking a Sea World-like park was a great starting point. But it's hard to get scared of Jaws when he looks like the shark at Universal Studios. I mean, he was one plastic shark. I need to believe Jaws is a real shark inflicting terror. This time, I didn't. He was definitely a big toy floating in the water. The climax scene was the worst of all.
SPOILER ON ENDING
Jaws goes headfirst through the window of the control room. In 3-D, this might have been cool. In the tape I saw, it looked awful.
Although the effects were rotten, I still find myself enjoying this flick. All of the "Jaws" sequels have a very high bar set for them. They are not going to even get close to the original "Jaws". For a B-giant shark flick, it was pretty good. Comparing it to "Jaws" is unfair but also unavoidable. Even though I know the effects were bad, I still liked it. It was the best "Jaws" sequel.
SCORE: 3 out of 4 attacking Jaws - in 3-D!