Jaws was released 40 years ago this week. Almost immediately following its release, Hollywood began churning out cheap knock-offs to capitalize on the audience’s craving for killer creatures. Swap one animal for another, change the location, add a brainy scientist and a heroic cop, and presto: A Jaws knock-off movie is born. While many of the movies quickly faded into the watery abyss, a few managed to crawl their way to cult status and even spawn remakes of themselves.
In honor of Jaws’ anniversary, I thought it would be fun to look back not at the movie that launched the summer blockbuster, but at the many, many movies that shamelessly copied its very format.