[Remember This?] The Multiple Endings Of ‘Jaws 4: The Revenge’!!


I remember when I was a wee tyke, I begged my Dad to take me to the highly age-inappropriate Jaws 4: The Revenge. It took some doing but finally, either out of fondness for the original film or a desire for me to shut up, he relented. I remember seeing Michael Caine’s name on the poster and asking my Dad why it had a rectangle around it when none of the other actors’ names were highlighted. He said something to the effect of, “Oh, he’s a really good actor.” I entered the theater buoyed by that added legitimacy factor – I was taking my Dad to a classy movie.

Because I was young and stupid, I remember walking out thinking I had just seen a masterpiece. Then I made the mistake of making eye contact with my Dad. One glance at my father’s stunned, pained and defeated visage and it was clear – he had just been through hell. I don’t remember much else from that screening, except for the fact that Mario Van Peebles died (and I liked the scene where Lance Guest’s wife flung her underwear at him).

I caught up with the movie on VHS (which going by the release patterns those days might have been almost a year later), and was surprised to find that Mario Van Peebles lived in the home video cut. This was almost as upsetting as having all of the curse words edited out of the 1986 Transformers when it hit Blockbuster. I didn’t remember any huge differences outside of that, but I was obviously pretty dumb because they changed the entire manner in which the shark decided to die after being rammed by captain Lorraine Gary.

Head inside to check out two endings and vote for which awful one you prefer! The shark roars in BOTH of them!

I’m far from being the first person to mention that sharks don’t roar, or stand on top of the water. But it’s worth mentioning.

I’m not sure how many cuts there are of Jaws 4, but it’s sort of like a really terrible Blade Runner in the sense that there seems to be an online community dedicated to restoring it. If you comb through YouTube there’s a ton of it. But, most importantly, here’s a video of Mario Van Peebles talking about his upcoming role in Jaws ’87.

  • Venom-man4

    I remember the shark looking more fake than the first movie. Really I don’t know what almost was a bigger franchise killer. Alien 4 or Jaws 4.

  • Screamz

    I prefer the non-exploding shark ending, but they both suck donkey balls. I guess if the whole movie sucks you might as well have an equally sucky ending…

  • Joe-Banger

    Jaws 4 was’nt that bad, there are much worse franchises out there in most any genra! Texas Chain Massacre for example.

  • GoreFaceSupreme

    What a masterpiece. Stan Winston would be proud.

  • djblack1313

    god this movie was so fucking bad! lol. i love part 1 and part 2 (part 2 is my fave i admit! LOL). part 3 had maybe one or 2 ok-ish moments but part 4…..just an abomination.

    • Evan3

      Seriously @djblack? You prefer Part 2? Were you taking happy pills the day you watched that. Nowhere close to Spielberg’s yarn.

      • djblack1313

        Evan, LOL. there’s a lid for every pot. enough said! :)

  • Canucklehead

    I hate to admit it but I always found the opening scene fascinating with the Christmas carols and the kill in the water just off the town. Too bad they had to go and film the rest of it.

  • EvanDickson

    Yeah I remember I liked the opening scene too!

  • flesheater24

    LMFAO wait they cursed in the 1986 transformers movie ? LOL this is news to me. How come I never knew this when I was a kid HAHA.

    And this clip from jaws 4 is so cheesy. I loved orca as a kid. that movie freaked me out for some reason .

    • djblack1313

      flesheater, me too! ORCA is actually a very very haunting/intense film. it even holds up today (for the most part). the ending alone scares me. it’s extremely haunting.

  • EvanDickson

    Yep! They try to blow up Unicron and it doesn’t work. Spike says “oh shit! It’s not even dented!”

  • betz

    my first ever drive in movie. i was like 6 and loved it haha

  • Zombie-Killa

    For some strange reason, the close-up photo at the top reminds me of that giant worm creature from Return Of The Jedi……

    I’ve never seen Jaws 4. I’ve had numerous chances to watch it over the years, but because of the overwhelming amount of negativity surrounding it, I never took the time to buy or rent the DVD, or download on it iTunes or Amazon. I guess I won’t ever see it, especially after reading this. lol.

    • djblack1313

      Zombie-Killa you ain’t missing nothing! LOL. :)

      • Zombie-Killa

        HA! Thanks, djblack. I needed the reassurance! lol.

  • Evan3

    I have never (and likely will never) see Jaws 4… but can someone explain why the shark is literally roaring like an angry bull and what that button is she presses to magically lift the shark out of the water? Is this shark related in some way to the one in Jaws 1?

    • djblack1313

      Evan, yeah, it’s fucked. from what i remember of JAWS 4, the shark had a vendetta against the Brody family!!!!!!!!!!! it’s so fucking stupid. it travels from Martha’s Vineyard all the way to the Bahamas to track the family down!!! LOL. so absurd.

      • Evan3

        @djblack… thanks for the brief synopsis… and wow that seems truly truly awful.

  • Weatherface

    My favourite quote on this film comes from Michael Caine, when asked why he’d agreed to star in it, and if he’d ever watched the final film…

    “I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.”

    • Ditamydear

      That is a very good answer from Mr. Caine.

  • NixEclips

    They never adequately explain WHY the damn shark explodes. Bah. Anyway, I (as many others have) reviewed this for the now dead Tomb of Anubis. http://www.geocities.com/tombofanubis/Nix/JawstheRevenge.html I think it’s kind of a funny read.

  • KorovaMilkbar

    I’m a big weirdo that has some kind of fascination with the whole jaws franchise. I know they are not good, but I still like watching them. I even like the one is 3D at the water park. that is just one terribly wonderful movie.

    • NixEclips

      You can find a torrent of the anaglyph 3D version of Jaws and Amityville 3. Pretty good copies, btw.

  • willyd

    Omg!!!! I remember going to the movies and seeing the trailer for this movie. I remebered the tag line from this movie being, “This Time It’s Personal”. Right after the movie theater erupted into laughter. As if the thought of this animal being so hell bent on taking revenge out on the family that murdered his/her family in the previous sequels was absurd. Lol! Needless to say it never in a million years moved enough to see it. Did I miss anything worth watching?

  • Taz Mage

    I’m trying to find the movie with the ending where the shark gets rammed by the boat, not blown up with just one freaking shot out of a gun….ugh…lol