What you can't see can hurt you.
A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia.
A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia.
A tiny budget that created an effective nail biter! The characters may not be fleshed out but it still works because they're extremely relatable! Average folks on holiday! The wife's secret makes her an even more sympathetic character!
The fact that this film was inspired (loosely based on) by a real life crocodile attack makes it that much easier to buy into its premise!
Gorgeous backdrop with shots of twisted mangroves soon becomes a sinister place to find yourself stranded with a menacing crocodile that's not becoming a vegan any time soon and it's fiercely determined to restock its larder!
Spine tingling thriller that left me a quivering mess by the time the credits started to scroll!
Supposedly based on real events, this Australian monster movie feel's a bit like Open Water in the outback. Three friends, two sisters and the older sisters other half are on holiday, touring about Northern Australia they decide to take what's billed as an 'alternative river tour', a fishing trip on a remote mangrove swamp with guide Jim. Jim promises our holiday-makers that there's no croc's in the swamp as the have all been shot or captured and moved onto the animal farms but as soon as he finds a nice spot to start fishing the boat is capsized and Jim is killed by a large croc. Two of the survivors climb a tree while the other is stuck on top…
4th watch of the Hoop-Tober 2016 film challenge list.
Criteria it meets: A film from 6 different countries (Australia) AND A Crazed Animal Film
It's not necessarily a bad movie - it's unfortunately not very good. It was a great suspense horror film that built up tension with stillness and uncertainty. It even makes the viewer debate what to do and there's no easy way out of this situation. Some of that gets a bit old - but it's in the drawing out those scenes that helps lures the viewer in to the terror.
The biggest problem is the crocodile doesn't act like an animal simply doing animal things - it acts more like a monster with motives. The croc stops to threaten or menace our characters a couple times - I'm not buying that at all. If those seconds were edited out - it would be an incredibly solid film worth recommending.
An overconfident Kiwi croc launches a guerilla attack... The age-old story gets retold, and it’s chock full of tension, at least for my taste.
Far, far from flawless, Black Water couldn't be more lean and lo-fi if it tried. But that's what makes it so cool. It scores points with sheer simplicity and realism. And I’m not sure if a bigger budget would have helped or hindered that in the end. A minor triumph for quality over quantity, I tell you.
Two sisters and a husband goes fishing in the backwaters of northern Australia after celebrating christmas with the family. It turns to shit when a crocodile tips the boat over, kills the guide and leaves the trio fighting for the lives...
Black Water is a trapped-in-one-place-with-a-dangerous-animal-lurking-around survival horror and what's not to like about that?! It's set in the swampy outbacks of Australia and has a big crocodile as the deadly predator. If you think that's dull, well Black Water isn't for you but I really liked it, even the second time I watched it. It's a slow moving movie but never boring and intense when it needs to be, the waist-deep water and the almost ghostlike trees are a great surrounding and knowing that the creature is out there somewhere is tough stuff. Black Water is a perfect double-bill with the lost at sea movie Open Water or why not the same year's croc-feature Rogue.
A husband, wife, and wife's sister go out on an Australian fishing expedition where they end up wrecking. and are stalked by a killer crocodile.
Killer animal movies are possibly my favorite sub-genre of horror. While I complain a lot about ridiculous premises in most other types of movies, killer animal movies, I sort of give a pass to. Bad acting, bad effects, bad story, etc.. I can look past most of these faults in Killer Animal movies as long as the movie keeps me mildly entertained. Having said that, Black Water has to be one of thee least entertaining killer animal movies I ever saw.
IMDB has this listed as an Action, Drama, Horror movie. Which is absolutely ridiculous…
I really enjoyed the set-up of this, but once we got to the moment where it was going to be people hashing out their relationship under stress while arguing/planning their escape I bailed out on it. It's a fantastically tense situation and it's not that it was bad, I just didn't want to continue. I read some spoilers and watched the relevant scenes and IF you want a crocodile Aussie version of Open Water this could be your movie since it was very well done.
An effective Australian survival tale that follows a trio of holidaymakers on a fishing trip who encounter a large man-eating crocodile in neverending mangrove swamps. Diana Glenn is a good lead as Grace, conveying the fear of her situation, and there are some thrilling scenes as the creature could be lurking in the dirty water at any time. It’s a simple story, but the real locations and good special effects make this low budget movie work.
Not usually a fan of movies where the main anatagonist is an animal. I often get annoyed by how OP the animal is. Also, wouldn't it just fuck off after awhile? Doesn't it have anything else it can do? Crocodiles don't eat that often, I don't think. Eating like two people would be enough.
Jaws 2 in a swamp
.... or is there more to it? I’ll let you know in 90 minutes...
I know it’s very popular to pour scorn on found footage films and it’s fair to say that there have been some shockers. However I think with Black Water, telling the story through their own handheld cameras would have changed two women sitting in a tree into two sisters, desperately thinking of ways to survive and escape.
Just a suggestion.
In fact there were several moments here when it almost felt like a documentary- camera angles being corrected, the women not ‘acting’ but more just being. I thought this was really cool.
The lingering shots of those ominous, naked trees,…
Imagine being stuck on a tree while a 12 foot crocodile feasts on your significant other beneath you in the middle of a thunderstorm. Yup. That’s terrifying.
Black Water is one of those movie that taps into the primal fear of predation AND being stranded. No ridiculous CGI reptiles eating pets for comedic effect here. This movie is raw and real and effective.
The cast is 100% believable and witnessing their demise is just sad. They didn’t deserve this horrific fate at all. And yet I couldn’t look away.
Totally worth it even if it’s totally hard to find (as of the time of this review/recording).
1 hour of watching people sit in a tree
I’m sure I’m not the only one who was routing for the crocodile!!!
What did they expect? Bellends.
I turned my TV down four times due to prolonged annoying crying and screaching! There was no need for that.
Australian horror film about two sisters (Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody) and one of their boyfriends (Andy Rodoreda) who decide to take a guided tour down a river where they can fish and see crocodiles. Once out in the water and far away from land, their boat comes under attack by a large croc and soon the guide is dead and the three friends are stuck in a tree without much hope for survival.
This film was clearly influenced by OPEN WATER even though this film too is based on true events. I enjoyed that film but thought it had several problems, which could have been fixed and the problems I had with that film aren't in this one and I…
This is a top-notch low-budget animal attack survival film. The tension through the film is effective, and some of the (real) gator shots are great. They way they filmed the animals (separately) and composited them together is very impressive and convincing looking, especially if you watch the making of special features. Listened to it with filmmaker’s commentary, which wasn’t always the most captivating, but they highlighted some interesting production details.
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