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Raised in Fear: Horror Films as Schoolyard Lore

All I really need to know about fear I learned in elementary school.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • January 17, 2013 8:55 AM
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AARON ARADILLAS: JAWS: the film and the director that changed everything

It is often said that Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, his excitingly directed adaptation of Peter Benchley’s disposable beach read about a summer community being terrorized by a great white shark, ushered in what we now know as the modern blockbuster. It, along with George Lucas’ Star Wars, brought about what we now accept as the Summer Movie Season. Up until Jaws, studios had considered the summer a vast wasteland where they could offload their grade-z programmers. Just like the town of Amity in the film (really Martha’s Vineyard), where a successful summer tourist season could carry the town through the rest of the year, Hollywood studios would forever rely on summer blockbusters to carry them throughout the rest of the year. This is all true, but Jaws is something else. Look closely and you’ll see it is actually the last old-fashioned adventure, a kind of farewell to a rickety yet sturdy style of Hollywood film-making – and values.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • December 15, 2011 5:36 PM
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