When: Fri., June 22, 7 p.m. 2012
Yes, it's Jaws, the flick that made Steven Spielberg a star director, prompted dozens of oft-quoted lines and scenes, and spawned about 5 billion parodies and knockoffs. (I'll always have a soft spot for Blood Beach, where the beach itself is the killer and John Saxon gets to rattle off some incomprehensible insults as "twelsh" and "amen-snorters"). Stylish, tense and ruthlessly effective, it's worth seeing just for that monologue where Robert Shaw's shark-hunter describes a real incident from WWII involving a downed boat and blood in the water. And who can't hum that theme music?
Jaws is paired with a film that was supposed to be a blockbuster, but, well ... wasn't. Yes, it's the 1976 remake of King Kong, with future Oscar winners Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange (as "Dwan," and no, that's not a typo) among a crew that sets out to capture the famed giant ape. Admittedly, the film still did well at the box office, but it wasn't the record-shatterer that was anticipated. Though I'll admit one of my earlier memories is when this was shown on TV and the giant ape-hand crashed through the hotel room. This might have triggered a childhood fear of monster movies, but I'll save that for therapy. The double feature starts at 7 p.m. and costs $8.50. —Zack Smith