Right: "Jaws" is a thriller, not based on real animal behavior.
What makes it a fun horror flick is that it exaggerates reality deeply, that this one shark seems like a godawful, monstrous eating machine.
We see one report on the news about a shark attack, or a death in Australia, that's one thing... a horror writer or director takes that grain and snowballs it into something delightfully scary.
They say in 1975 people didn't go to the beach so much after seeing Spielberg's movie. Not surprising.
Few movies affect the public like that. "Psycho" created that phenomenon in 1960, with showers, supposedly. Maybe people took more baths after that? Haha.
Similar thing in the 1930's when Clark Gable wore an A-shirt and tee shirt sales fell. Or something like that. I read about it years ago but can't recall if it was about "It Happened One Night" from 1934.
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