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Black Water
Black Water
Actors: Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda, Ben Oxenbould, Fiona Press
Directors: Andrew Traucki, David Nerlich
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
R     2008     1hr 30min

In the tradition of Open Water and Rogue comes a thrilling and suspenseful new horror film inspired by the true events of a terrifying crocodile attack. What begins as a leisurely boat tour down the rivers of Northern Aust...  more »


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Actors: Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda, Ben Oxenbould, Fiona Press
Directors: Andrew Traucki, David Nerlich
Creators: John Biggins, Andrew Traucki, David Nerlich, Rodrigo Balart, Chris Wheeldon, Gary Rogers, Germaine McCormack-Kos, Michael Robertson, Michelle Harrison, Paul Cowan, Paul Ranford
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/19/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

This film looks very familiar.
Puzzle box | Kuwait | 02/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Black Water was a very good Australian low budget croc film, at first I thought that this film looked very familiar then I remembered this other low budget film its kind of like Open Water only with a crocodile instead of a shark. Three friends go on a vacation in the Australian backwoods and decide to go on a fishing tour through the mangroves, this obviously turns out to be a bad idea since it doesn't take to long before a large and ravenous crocodile flips over the boat and chases them up a tree.

With nowhere to go the three friends (which includes Grace with her boyfriend and younger sister) are forced to act real fast before they're eaten by the crocodile, the film was quite good but the beginning was slightly dull they could have made things more interesting but then again the film kept getting more interesting and alot better especially during the second half which has some decent action scenes, it really took off and became a nice and suspenseful low budget thriller/horror film and it packs in plenty of nail-biting tension so it does make us root for these three main characters, its really unpredictable since we don't know who's going to die next and once they hit the water you never know when the croc's going to attack cause its not visible under the water.

This film had a few bloody scenes in it but there wasn't any gore except for one dismembered arm and they used a real crocodile instead of CGI however there was a scene where they used a composited shot where the croc leaps up to grab one of the girls on top of the tree and yes it does look ridiculous, there were a few more unbelievable moments but despite all that I still thought it was worth it and it was very entertaining, I highly recommend this."
A super-intense, uncomfortably realistic thriller from Down
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 07/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Black Water is one extremely intense human survival movie. I don't know how anyone could sit through this and not have to consciously unclench most of his/her muscles before he/she can walk away after it's over. I can see where comparisons with Jaws (30th Anniversary Edition), Open Water (Widescreen Edition), or Rogue would ultimately come up in the discussion of this film, but I absolutely did not expect to see some viewers rating it so poorly. I don't think the Jaws comparisons carry much weight, and -as far as the other film comparisons go - who cares? Even if you've never seen a movie before in your life, you pretty much know how the film is going to play out by the twenty-five minute mark - and that doesn't make the film any less thrilling or suspenseful. The only question that really matters here is who, if any, of the characters are going to survive. The plot is one of brutal simplicity - and I mean that as a compliment.

Here's the situation. You're enjoying a fishing adventure with two family members in a mangrove swamp in Northern Australia when your boat is capsized by a salt-water crocodile. Two of you manage to scurry up a nearby tree, while the most vulnerable member of your party clings to the top of the overturned boat. Forget about your tour guide because he doesn't survive the initial attack. The odds are that no one is going to be looking for you any time soon, and there are hundreds of little tributaries to search if someone does come. Your best bet is the boat, but - assuming you can first rescue the third member of your party, there's no way to get to the boat without venturing dozens of terrifying meters into the water. That water, by the way, isn't black but it is definitely dark (I imagine they would have called this movie Dark Water if that title hadn't already been taken so recently) - unless the crocodile shows himself, there's almost no way you're going to know he's coming until he's torn into you with his massive jaws. What do you do?

I love and respect crocodiles. They are second only to sharks in the list of nature's most brilliantly designed killing machines. As unfortunate as the characters' situation is, I can't hate or condemn this salty for doing what he was born to do. That being said, this particular croc is a mean one; I don't want to give anything away, so just take my word on this. The big guy's in total control of the situation, and he knows it - and he has all the time in the world to wait for his victims to make a deadly mistake. You're not looking at some kind of CGI creation or mechanical beast here, either; Black Water serves us the real deal. Some people, of course, complain that the crocodile does not get enough screen time, but any fan of classic horror can tell you that less is more in situations like this. Maybe the ending doesn't ring quite true, but overall I found this film disquietingly realistic.

Perhaps the most horrifying thing of all about this film is the fact that it was inspired in part by actual events. Salt water crocs kill several people a year in Northern Australia, but most of those deaths involve humans doing something they shouldn't be doing. Here, as in the case that inspired the movie, you simply have a case of three individuals being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I realize I haven't mentioned any of the characters in this film. We may not get to know them like old friends, but I thought there was definitely adequate characterization in play here - and I thought Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, and Andy Rodoreda turned in inspired performances. In fact, I'm going to throw out kudos all around, especially to co-writers and co-directors David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki. I understand that this film had a low budget (as little as one million dollars), but I would never have guessed that for myself. Black Water is an immensely excellent film."
Amazingly amazing
Starr Status | Geeeeeeeeeerrrmanyyy | 03/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"the cover looks trashy and very B movie like, plus i am not a big fan of horror movies that contain crocodiles,apes,snakes etc. the more i was happily surprised about black water. u can never really tell its low budget and it kept me on the edge of my sofa almost the entire time. u get sucked into the atmosphere...especially knowing this is based on true events makes it even more chilling."
Oh black water, keep on roilin'...
T. allen | PENN VALLEY, PA USA | 04/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"...Crocodile blues, won't you keep on snapping. Now this is a movie that keeps you on the edge of your tree. Three vacationers go fishing in an Australian mangrove swamp unaware that they're about to become croc food. Simple enough, but what I loved about this movie is that you rooted for the people, not the water dragon. The mother-to-be, her husband, and her sister were all solid characters.

Tense music and mood substitute superbly for the reptile's appearance throughout the film, which is used sparingly. There are no crappy CGI effects, just footage of real saltwater crocodilians ingeniously spliced in. I also love the upbeat beginning, which plays a neat song called Don't Walk Alone while happy photos of each character set things up.

To be fair to the creature, however, the abuse of these scaly giants by man is explained at the outset as these people discuss croc handbags, aphrodisiacs, and other uses for the stalking snappers. So when the toothy beast turns the tables later on, its revenge is understandable AND tragic.

This is not for Lake Placid laugh-out-loud cheeky monkeys! I recommend this for those who like their horror and suspense straight, without any humor."