'Matawan' is about the fear, 'Black River Falls' asks big questions

"Matawan" ✭✭✭ Long before "Jaws" (let alone "Sharknado") ever existed, a series of shark attacks off the New Jersey coast in 1916 rattled the nation. But as Dan Caffrey's "Matawan" suggests, there were lots of other fears lurking in the psychic waters that summer. Polio epidemics, the Great War in Europe and the German U-boats spied off the shore of the East Coast, and general uneasiness about changing social codes (which of course would be blown out of the water in the Roaring Twenties) all combined for an uneasy time. "Matawan" takes its name from the New Jersey town where the last two victims of the shark lived....