Updated: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:15:00 GMT | By Daniel Bettridge
Ten iconic movie monsters

The Shark – Jaws (1975)



The Shark – Jaws 1975 (© Rex Features)
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Part of what makes Jaws such an effective scare story is the terror that it manages to instil into audiences using little more than a dorsal fin and a few bars of its iconic John Williams score. Whilst it sounds like clever writing (which of course it is) it’s also something of a happy accident. You see, Spielberg didn’t have the special effects at his disposal to bring his super-sized shark to life, so instead relied on the power of suggestion to create one of the scariest critters to grace the cinema. It worked. So well in fact that people stayed out of the water in their droves following the film’s original release.

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