(R, 1:29:16, Released 2008)
|Genres:||Mystery & Suspense, Horror|
|Release Date:||Feb 19, 2008|
|DVD Release Date:||Feb 19, 2008|
|Starring:||Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda, Ben Oxenbould, Fiona Press|
|Directed by:||Andrew Traucki, David Nerlich|
|Synopsis:||Three tourists navigating the treacherous swamps of Northern Australia are forced to fight for their lives after a hungry crocodile capsizes their boat and stalks them from the murky depths in this natural horror thriller from directors David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki. It was during a relaxing voyage into the outback that Grace, her boyfriend Adam, and her younger sister Lee decided to venture into an area of the outback rarely seen by tourists. Enlisting the aid of local tour guide Jim, the three thrill seeking travelers eagerly hopped into their boat and set out on what was supposed to be a typical river tour. Later, the leisurely tour becomes a life or death struggle against a deadly predator when the boat capsizes and Jim vanishes into the water without a trace. Stranded in a mangrove swamp without a tour and realizing that a crocodile is circling somewhere beneath the eerily placid surface, Adam pulls Grace up into a tree as Lee clings desperately to the overturned boat. Later, after Lee joins her friends in the trees and Grace realizes that they are completely surrounded by water, the trio quickly realizes that their harrowing experience has only just begun. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi|
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June 1, 2011
Movie that started out promisingly but edged into mediocre towards the end. Although the effort have to be appreciated for having made it with out much of a budget and CGI.
January 25, 2011
Aussie survival-horror about a bad-ass Crocodile who has a trio of holidaymakers stuck up a tree in the middle of a mangrove swamp fighting for their lives. Apparently based on true events and it's been filmed in a naturalistic way to enhance its believability. However, the Croc did display some deliberate sadistic and sinister behaviour that was probably exaggerated for the film. It's a premise we've seen before but it's a real nerve-shredder and very effectively made - it's low budget works in its favour.
January 25, 2011
Wolf Creek with a crocodile. Interesting setting and believable character motivations help make up for some moments of stupidity. Not much violence, more of a suspense film.
January 7, 2011
One of the scarier giant croc movies. Heavy on atmosphere and great low budget directing.
July 19, 2009
A decent enough tale of survival based on true events as 3 people are stranded when attacked by a crocodile. It's ok but a lil too long and the interest starts to go after a while. Only so much tension you can build about people stuck in a tree avoiding a crocodile!
August 9, 2008
A lot better then Rogue.
It's a must!!
June 28, 2008
Great Alligator eat the humans flix. That was one big Gator. Will change your mind as to who gets eaten, Australlian but enjoyable.
June 10, 2008
Ultimately, the first thing you should know about Black Water is that in its ninety minute running time, there are MAYBE seven crocodile attacks. None of them last longer than a minute. That means we are left with 83 minutes to fill with other substance. You can stop right here if you've heard enough, or read the rest of my breakdown.
The first fifteen minutes establish the characters and the setting before we actually see any of Mister Croc. Fair enough - you need that. So that's 68 minutes we have left. What do they put in this hour-long span?
Arguments about rope. Vain attempts at flipping their capsized boat over. Discussions of the river's length. Incredibly long, unsuspenseful scenes of wandering through trees. Minute upon minute of worthless, colorless dead air. This is not a horror movie; it's a fucking National Geographic highlights reel with a few dismembered limbs thrown in. This is absolutely not worth a minute of your time, unless you want to slog through some overblown pretender to Open Water's (dubious) throne.
May 29, 2008
I found Open Water to be a tense and terrifying example of the simplicity of cinema. Black Water on the other hand is an annoying journey into pure tedium. Essentially the film is people in a tree argueing about what they should/could do. They do this for ages before eventually doing something. The man tries to take on some kind of control and the women scream A LOT. They reach frequencies I didn't know existed and could barely hear. They are simply irritating, which gets me cheering on the Croc. The third act sees one of the women suddenly become bad ass and is a cross between Sarah Connor in T2 and the late Steve Irwin. The acting is great, and very real, I could imagine this to be how people act in such a situation, but as we all know people can be very stupid and very annoying.
fb584658586November 25, 2013
Black Water never stood a chance of coming off better than Rogue in my eyes, but that's more my being a prick full of preconceived ideas than the fault of the film.
Black Water's another human-munching croc movie, which we are of course in no short supply of. What I like about Black Water is that even though it's not about a giant croc like Rogue, Primeval, the Lake Placid series or Crocodile, it gets massive props for taking the route of Maneater and using a genuine fucking beast in the film. A real crocodile goes wondering around and eating people? Way crazier than CGI or a rubber puppet.
It's clear that Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich (directors) along with whomever the other kids behind Black Water might have been were severely lacking in the funds department, so they rely on suspense more than anything, sometimes painfully so. Suspense is my favourite type of horror, I'm one of those few people who thinks that the longer it takes to say something the better (in films only mind you, not IRL). Black Water comes dangerously close to crossing the line with me and ending up boring, but misses it by the narrowest of margins and comes back in line with some great jump scares of the laugh-out-loud kind and plenty of blood. Though I doubt they could've gotten any more than the 89 minutes running length out of it than they did.
Yet another one we've brought out that insists on sticking to the "Based on true events" claim. Sure go on, maybe it works and you'll earn a little extra lolly, but I could make any film set anywhere with any amount of people doing anything I wanted and then put a crocodile in it and say "Oh, it's based on a true story, 'cause there's a crocodile in it, and in real life, crocodiles exit, so yeah...".
Exhibiting precisely zero naked teenage girls running around screaming was quite a nice change of pace, making the film pleasurable in a "no cheese" kind of way. I like the way that both Black Water and Rogue focus more on the idea of a mostly unseen predator picking people off while the people are at one another's throats to be much more provocative than the stupendously lame events of one-by-one death in Lake Placid and Mega Shark VS Crocosaurus.
Black Water might not be for everyone, but it stands quite loftily somewhere in the upper-middle amongst all the other Monster Movies and Creature Features out there, as one of the few serious ones that's still to some extent genuinely enjoyable.
December 19, 2010
"Black Water" is a simple movie and effective at delivering some thrilling moments and entertainment but I personally think that it would be a lot better with a stronger ending although the result of the whole product is not bad and worth checking at least once.
April 5, 2008
The scenes of tension work really well for the majority of this film, and the characters are likable. It does somewhat fall apart at the conclusion, but I always have a soft spot for any "when animals attack" movies.
March 26, 2008
Loved it! Really entertaining and great suspense in this little Aussie Gem of a movie. Similar in the idea as Open Water but much better and more fun!
March 4, 2008
An intriguing film. This is definitely a reminder of "Open Water". It's filled with suspense; it leaves you wondering and thinking about the variable odds. Great movie regardless.
January 11, 2008
Bad, bad, bad. Don't bother wasting your time seeing this.
fb555928095July 27, 2013
Australian filmmakers prove that, once again, they know how to make natural horror films--Long Weekend, Rogue, etc. Black Water follows a trio who takes a boat tour and ends up on the wrong end of a crazed and bloodthirsty crocodile. Tense and character-driven, there is nothing overly deep about Black Water, yet it manages to be a well-acted, competently directed, and unsettling thriller that will make you think twice before booking your next boat tour.
fb676870079April 21, 2012
Add a reviewFrom the description, I figured this was going to be just another oversized killer mutant animal movie. I was pleasantly surprised at the psychological terror this film brought. "Black Water" preys on two of our utmost fears: fear of the unknown and being eaten alive.
The plot is not as predictable as other films and none of the characters seem like throwaways. This crocodile is the most terrifying movie monster I've experienced... especially since it could be anywhere at any time and you have no idea where it is, nor who will be the next victim.
This film is realistic almost every way that you can believe the tagline that the story's based on actual events. So if you want a good scare without the supernatural or fake monster cgi, definitely check this one out! (optional)...
February 19, 2012
There are many good low budget films, this though is definitely not one of them. The entire movie took place in a tree and no where else but that tree. The acting was horrendous as was almost every other aspect of the movie. The effects looked like ones that would be used to made a high school project. The acting made it unrealistic and even the plot itself was uninteresting. I mean come on, one crocodile? They couldn't have had more than one creature? To top it off the ending just wants to make you yell in frustration. I wouldn't recommend anyone see this unless they want to blow and hour and a half in complete boredom.
December 28, 2011
Do not confuse this well done, frightening and edge of your seat film with duds like 'Lake Placid', or even with ok releases like 'Primeval' or 'Rouge'. This is the real deal.
Very Hitchcockian in the way that it recognizes that what you imagine is even more scary than what you see. It is a perfect length to tell its story, and works especially well because the characters come across as intelligent people who are actually interested in surviving, instead of the typical movie monster fodder that most other films feature.
Filmed in a way that makes you feel alone and isolated, the same way as its characters, who all turn in realistic and believable performances. The real star of the movie is the croc though, and there is no cheesy CGI to be found here, its all 100% real.
It becomes all the more scary when you realize that things like this happen all to frequently, and that the saltwater croc is indeed a perfect killing machine who is responsible for hundreds of human deaths every year.
August 17, 2011
it seems for me to be easier with my phobia of crocs and sharks when i watch movies like this. SCARED THE CRAP out of me so i give it a thumbs up. my heart was pumping the whole time because of the suspense and the huge croc. i love these movies, i just dont like the actual creatures. when ive seen them(twice) they looked at me like i was lunch. and theyre supposed to be on good diets in zoos.
February 11, 2009
The best movie I've never heard of. With a tight and well-written script, beautiful cinematography, great directing and acting, this movie kept me glued to my seat. The scene between the croc and the young woman was riveting and reminded me of the scene in Silence of the Lambs when Lector handed Clarice her folder. Their fingers brushed, creating a moment of dichotomy both sensual and repulsive. Black Water is an excellent movie, one not to be missed.
August 17, 2008
Best crocodile movie I've ever seen. It was very suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
July 9, 2008
This movie was decent. It being based on true events is probably what made it as good as it seemed. Don't think I'd buy it but worth the money to rent the dvd.
March 16, 2008
Don't waste your time watching this crappy movie. I like moves that are inspired by true events but I didn't like this one at all. It is about people fighting for their themselves to lives against a ferocious killer crocodile. Because, a ill-fated boat excursion of three vacationers go to Northern Australia's mangrove swamps were their boat suddenly overturns and the guide disappears into the water. Most of the time they are just struck in a tree. After a while you just couldn't help thinking ""Would you just eat of them already!".
March 11, 2008
This is a really good movie, and when you are in need of a scary movie this one works. The only thing is the predictability. A lot of the scenes are predictable.