This week we have found a really rare German flick that predates JAWS, but really isn't about killer sharks as much the title and cover would have you think. An entertaining seaward adventure in its own right, it does still in fact have many encounters with deadly creatures of the ocean, they just are more of blockers than stalkers..............
DEADLY JAWS (1974)
A trio of tourists arrange to meet one of their uncles to get information about an Aztec sunken treasure of insurmountable wealth. When they arrive at the uncle's apartment they find him bleeding to death, but he manages to divulge the location of the secret map before his demise. The killer is still in the apartment though and instead of killing the group, he somehow arranges for himself to be the captain of the boat they hire to go find the treasure.
After getting some dive training in, the group set off and find the site of the treasure which is teeming with deadly sea life, including a fearsome octopus, creepy eels, a hammerhead shark and more. It isn't only the creatures of the sea that the treasure hunters need to worry about though as a local gangster has been following them, waiting for the loot to be pulled up to claim for himself.
Made the year before Steven Spielbergs's Jaws, this rare German production is more of an action adventure than killer creature feature. Cinematography by the prolific veteran Franz X. Lederle borders on brilliant, giving the locations a tropical brilliance with superb underwater photography as well.
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