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In the midst of shooting his first big-budget studio feature, 27-year-old Steven Spielberg was in over his head with a shark movie he decided need to be filmed almost entirely on the water. With endless days of sun exposure, a title shark that wouldn’t work, and a young and inexperienced director, some of the crew members felt they were on a sinking ship — while some literally were. The famed shoot at Martha’s Vineyard may have even been a clue to an unsolved murder case decades later. But, in a twist of fate, the misfortune that befell the production of Jaws seemed to make the concept of the movie… better? So was Jaws cursed? Or was it #blessed?

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