The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

This Day in Pop Culture for October 28

The Philadelphia Experiment

It was on this day in 1943 that the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Eldridge became invisible or “cloaked” to enemy devices say some conspiracy theorists. The event is commonly known as “The Philadelphia Experiment.” The story goes that astronomer Morris K. Jessup, author of The Case for the UFO, received two letters from Carlos Miguel Allende who made the claim that he saw the secret experiment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where the ship became invisible and was teleported to New York as well as another dimension, which cost the lives of some of the ship’s soldiers. Jessup concluded that the writer was a bit off.

Actress Elsa Lanchester was born on October 28, 1902.

Elsa Lanchester is Born

While you may not know the actress Elsa Lanchester by name, you definitely have seen her in one of her acting character rolls. Lanchester, who was born on this day in 1902, is best known for her portray as the “Monster’s mate” in the classic 1935 flick, The Bride of Frankenstein. She also had bit rolls in many movis including Disney’s Blackbeard’s Ghost, That darn Cat! and Katie Nanna from Mary Poppins.

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