Regular readers of Horror Freak News know we’re huge fans of the faux-trailers created by YouTuber Tommy Ross. Though these films don’t actually exist, we almost always wish they did! His most recent creation will thrill fans underwhelmed with the recent Deep Blue Sea 2 while passing time until The Meg arrives on August 10th. We’re talking sharks, here!
This time, Ross imagines a 5th chapter to the Jaws franchise, which went dormant following the notoriously terrible Jaws: The Revenge in 1987. Jaws: Resurface takes us back to a modern-day Amity Island and includes Richard Dreyfuss reprising the role of Matt Hooper from Stephen Spielberg’s original Jaws, released in 1975.
Give the (fake) trailer for Jaws: Resurface below (followed by a statement from Ross regarding his intent) and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
Artist Statement: Despite what some people say, this really needs to happen for a number of reasons. First of all, I believe it’s important to keep beloved, iconic properties alive, relevant and thriving. We should celebrate certain films in big ways and always allow new audiences to discover these films. Jaws should never get a remake, but a reboot/sequel in the vein of Jurassic World? Yes, please. It’s not like a new film will ruin the original (Jaws has had plenty of awful sequels).
Secondly, there surprisingly aren’t that many great shark films out there. Especially ones that are accessible to modern audiences (realistic visual effects and such). The 2016 horror film The Shallows is by far the best shark movie that has come out since Jaws (mixed-bag movies such as Deep Blue Sea and Open Water were really the only competition) and the upcoming Jason Statham megalodon thriller entitled The Meg also looks like a fun, well-crafted movie–it literally looks like if a SyFy Channel movie had a big budget, realistic effects, and was actually well made. But nothing has quite reached the heights of Jaws. I need a new Jaws-esque film that is well-crafted, highbrow, sophisticated and has a feeling of dread, yet still maintains a fun, charming Blockbuster vibe.
Also, I think it’s VERY VERY important to sort of undo the damage to sharks that Jaws caused back in 1975. A new film should address the fact that sharks aren’t monsters or mindless killers but are just animals trying to survive. And the chances of one actually attacking a human are HIGHLY unlikely. A new Jaws film should revolve around the idea that people are disrespecting sharks, their home (the ocean), and are acting upon prejudice ideas of them.
I’d love if Amity Island became an even bigger tourist spot (a theme park?) due to the infamous shark attacks in 1975 and they even glorify the attacks in a way (T-shirts with Bruce the shark on them and little Bruce plush toys, merchandise, etc.). When new shark attacks start to occur, it’s due to the fact that the shark feels threatened and is trying to either defend its home or even its babies. It’s not killing because it’s hungry, it’s killing because people are taking advantage of the shark’s home and are not being cautious. The shark is just trying to fight back to survive.
This concept trailer doesn’t really support my vision of the film and is a bit more silly than intended, but I worked with what I had. I also brought back Richard Dreyfuss as Matt Hooper and threw Patrick Wilson in there just because it’s Patrick Wilson.