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Author’s Note: Dedicated to my editor, Jerry Smith. A fellow sufferer of Selachophobia and all around Thalassophobe. This one is for you.
The Reef presents quite the conundrum when contemplating how much praise to heep upon it. Here we have what is essentially an Open Water ripoff (or send up or homage, you choose) by Australian director / screenwriter Andrew Traucki. Traucki is the man responsible for 2007′s Black Water (and the upcoming The Jungle), itself inspired by Open Water. Concluding, The Reef rips off Open Water and its own director’s Black Water, itself a ripoff of Open Water (of which all three films are allegedly based on true stories). Still with me? Hence the conundrum. Do I reward a film with considerable amounts of accolades when it so blatantly cannibalizes another film, not to mention the same director’s previous film? Well as it turns out, when the »
- Justin Lafleur
There's something more chilling about movies based on true events. Knowing that at least some version of what you're seeing on the screen actually happened in real life makes the movie more powerful. With the upcoming release of The Quiet Ones, we decided to reminisce about other movies based on horrific real life events.
The Quiet Ones is inspired by a true story of a university experiment done on a young girl that goes horribly, horribly wrong, so we focused on movies based on claims of supernatural true events.
There is a huge list of honorable mentions in this category. We could even break it down into sub-categories, like movies based on the antics of Ed Gein: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs, Psycho and Deranged. True crime reenactments: In Cold Blood, Helter Skelter and Zodiac just to name a few of the best. Even real »
- Scott Hallam
After taking audiences deep into the unknown, following an underwater cave diving team in the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world in the 3D film Sanctum, director Alister Grierson is heading into the vastness of the ocean this time. The Daily Mail (via The Guardian) has revealed a new film called Deep Water about the fate of a group of passengers who survive a crash in the ocean when their plane goes down during a flight to Beijing. It sounds like The Grey meets Open Water, but it doesn't sound like Grierson will try to use 3D in an attempt to immerse the audiences in the aquatic disaster like Sanctum. The paper points out the similarities to the headline-making story about a missing Malaysian plane (which has since been confirmed to crash in the Indian Ocean), and while Grierson admits there are similarities, the film went into »
- Ethan Anderton
3 items from 2014
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