Summary: Rotten Tomatoes

Previously thought to be extinct, a massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific. With time running out, a visionary oceanographer recruits rescue diver Jonas Taylor to save the crew and the sea itself from an unimaginable threat — a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.

 

Nerd Corner:

The cultural (and ecological) impact of Jaws on how we perceive sharks

  • Sharks became a staple creature feature (from popular to parody)
  • Sharks were hunted and are vulnerable

Potential reasons for the longevity of our shark fixation and the glut of shark based media

  • Climate related anxieties are paralleled or represented by sharks

Potential driving forces for our fear of sharks

  • Fear of the ocean, sharks by extension
  • Fear of sharks despite low low odds of being attacked and killed by a shark

 

A brief history of shark attacks: 

12 Days of Terror, July 1916 – New Jersey coastline, 5 attacks and 4 deaths

Prior to this we weren’t sure that sharks could bite humans

 

Kate Notes:

Fog budget!

Invocation of Star Trek

Capitalism and conquest, knowledge for the sake of profit

There’s gotta be a trope for tracking down the man who retired from badassery to get drunk on a beach

Like a shark has a political opinion on poaching and climate change

I gotta watch shark week to see if that’s typical shark behavior. Maybe the meg is like a shark boomer and he’s like “do the kids still say this”

If we learned anything from Ghost Ship, it’s that taut wires are dangerous as hell

I like how the Wall is like “teamwork makes the dream work, let’s get some fish guts in here.”

Y’all need to watch your wires! Rule 1 of shark hunting- watch your wires!

Okay rule 2 stay near the middle of the boat

We love a plan montage!

Monster movies are compounded by not just human error but human greed

 

Tropes:

Alas, Poor Villain

Accidental Hero -> Always a Bigger Fish, Villainous Rescue

Bait and Switch

Cold Equation

Covered in Gunge

Disc One Final Boss

Dug Too Deep 

Karmic Death

My Hovercraft is Full of Eels

Nice Job Breaking it Hero

Retired Badass

Shark Fin of Doom

Take a Moment to Catch Your Death

Artistic License- Marine Biology

 

Scale:

Chomps

 

Works Cited:

Townsend, Solitaire. (2022, Jan 2). The Seven Climate Movies (And The One We Need Next). Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/solitairetownsend/2022/01/02/the-seven-climate-movies-and-the-one-we-need-next/?sh=438dc77a2b43 

 

Kennedy, Caitlin. (2019, May 8). Sharks In Cinema & Environmental Anxieties: From JAWS To THE MEG. Film Inquiry. https://www.filminquiry.com/sharks-cinema-jaws-meg/ 

 

Brown, Elizabeth. (2016, June 26). How a century of fear turned deadly for sharks. Florida Museum. https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/science/how-a-century-of-fear-turned-deadly-for-sharks/ 

 

Howard, Miles. (2019, July 17). ‘Crawl’ Could Usher in a New Wave of Climate Change Horror Films. Vice. https://www.vice.com/en/article/neax78/crawl-could-usher-in-a-new-wave-of-climate-change-horror-films 

 

McCall, Vivian. (2019, June 12). 2 weeks, 4 deaths, and the start of America’s fear of sharks.  National Geographic. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/150702-shark-attack-jersey-shore-1916-great-white 

 

Wilson, Carrie. (2006, January 7). Q&A on Shark Safety. ABC News.  https://abcnews.go.com/Travel/RuggedAdventure/story?id=119040&page=1#:~:text=They%20prefer%20waters%20with%20sea,as%20deep%20as%206%2C150%20feet

 

Taylor, Ian. (2022, February 10). The blobfish: A bloated guide to the world’s ugliest animal (and what they really look like). Science Focus. https://www.sciencefocus.com/nature/the-blobfish-a-bloated-guide-to-the-worlds-ugliest-animal/ 


Schultz, Colin. (2013, September 13). In Defense of the Blobfish: Why the ‘World’s Ugliest Animal’ Isn’t as Ugly as You Think It Is. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/in-defense-of-the-blobfish-why-the-worlds-ugliest-animal-isnt-as-ugly-as-you-think-it-is-6676336/