How Jaws And Alien Invented The Summer Blockbuster

The Cracked Podcast #191 July 10, 2017

Big cardboard cutouts in movie theater lobbies. Promotional cups at fast food restaurants. Kickass soundtracks featuring Seal. These things were once not part of our summer movie lexicon. And in the case of the tie-in song from Seal, they sadly haven’t been for about twenty years.

Somewhere between the release of Jaws in 1975 and the mid-80s, the summer movie became it’s own genre. Not specifically action, horror, sci-fi or comedy, it can’t be placed into it’s own single category, but much like the Supreme Court’s views on pornography, you know it when you see it. There are certain movies like Jurassic Park, E.T., and even Guardians of the Galaxy, where they just make you feel like summer.

So, in anticipation of the launch of Cracked’s new podcast, Cracked Movie Club, Alex Schmidt is welcoming on the show’s two hosts, Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson for an ode to the summer movie. They trace the summer movie’s origins in the seventies through to the state of the summer movie today, and then crown one film the best summer movie of all time.

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Footnotes:

Video: Cracked: How An Indiana Jones Action Figure Created The PG-13 Rating: https://goo.gl/6E5xid

Documentary: Empire of Dreams: https://goo.gl/gTYC2X

Image: Alien poster: https://goo.gl/MGh0dx

Video: Alien trailer: https://goo.gl/MUNvkm

Image: Star Wars poster: https://goo.gl/HWqDfy

Image: Raiders of the Lost Ark poster: https://goo.gl/HJqNyU

Image: E.T. poster: https://goo.gl/nVZH7x

Image: Enemy Mine poster: https://goo.gl/yycWvK

Video: Seal, “Kiss From A Rose”: https://goo.gl/w8JLhF

Video: Transformers – Age of Extinction: Romeo & Juliet Law scene: https://goo.gl/KDrvu7

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