10 Insane Ways Movies Have Influenced Real Life

2. Jaws Hurts Beach Tourism The World Over


The Movie: Steven Spielberg's immeasurably popular blockbuster has a large shark terrorising a small resort town, causing the local police chief to team with a marine biologist and shark hunter to take it down. The Reality: Though shark attacks are hugely infrequent in real life, Spielberg's film blew away that fact and struck fear deep into beach-loving folks' hearts, causing widespread panic that a shark could strike at any time. The movie's sheer terror factor was nothing like audiences had seen before, and the result was that, for a while, beach tourism took a notable hit from coast to coast as punters feared they would be munched to pieces.

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