Episode 106: Jaws 3-D (1983)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water (again), yet another Carcharodon carcharias is on the rampage in 1983’s stereoscopic sequel Jaws 3-D.

Chief Brody’s eldest son Mike (a wired Dennis Quaid) has left the smalltown idyll of Amity Island to work at the sprawling SeaWorld theme park in Orlando, Florida, alongside his smart alec scientist girlfriend Kathryn (Bess Armstrong). The park’s owner Calvin Bouchard (Louis Gossett Jr.) unveils the new crown jewel attraction – a vast underwater series of see through tunnels where customers can walk beneath the waves. But a malfunctioning sea gate has allowed entry to a deadly, unexpected addition to the park’s fishy attractions – one that threatens to wreak bloody havoc on the upgraded park’s grand reopening.

Country dancing pigs, popcorn cart hijackings, barroom crotch tricks and inept coral thieves populate this disaster movie-influenced entry into the increasingly shaky franchise directed by debutant Joe Alves, the production designer and 2nd unit director from the previous instalments. We delve into the circuitous and contentious 5-year development cycle that saw the original movie’s producers exit the project, look at the technical difficulties that plagued the 3D production, and generally marvel at the creative and corporate decisions that resulted in this…unusual picture. GUV’NAAAAAAAH!

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