1970s

Dirty Harry

“Dirty Harry” was one of those movies that was almost never made. Actors turned down the part.  Studios turned down the script.  It morphed from a story about a New York cop chasing a serial killer who is eventually shot by Marines, not by Dirty Harry.  Then it was moved… 

Halloween

In the seventies, mainstream horror movies were more supernatural than slasher movies. From “The Exorcist” to “The Omen” to “Carrie”, it too devils and demons to be scary enough for Hollywood to invest serious money into the genre.  The “escaped lunatic” with a knife wasn’t enough.   Films like that were… 

Jaws 2

The original Jaws is generally recognized as an amazing film that basically created the summer blockbuster movie model. Summertime was not traditionally the time for audiences to stay indoors to watch movies, and Jaws changed that. The Jaws sequels don’t have any positive reputation at all.  Jaws 3 was in…