The release of Thor later this week officially marks the start of the 2011 summer movie season, and we're sure you're just itching to get at some of this year's blockbusters. We've got big-budgeted sequels galore (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Cars 2, The Hangover II, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon); more than a few comic book superheroes (Thor, Green Lantern, Captain America, X-Men); and, yes, even some original stories too (Super 8).
But before we dive in to this year's offerings, we thought it'd be a good time to pay tribute to the summer movie that started it all: Jaws. The year was 1975, and a young up-and-coming director by the name of Steven Spielberg decided to adapt a Peter Benchley novel about a shark invading a small town right at the beginning of the summer season. That film was Jaws, and it officially put Steven Spielberg on the map. Starring Roy Schneider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw, Jaws went on to gross over $124 million at the box office off a paltry $7 million budget (not bad for 1975), and it continues to freak people out till this day.
Check out one of our favorite still images from the film above, and you can watch the original trailer over here featuring John Williams' unforgettable haunting score.