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Black Water (2008)


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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


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Feb 19, 2008

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Tapping into the primeval fear generated by these perfectly evolved killing machines, the filmmakers ratchet up the tension, while sustaining our interest in the fate of the trio.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A lack of incisive action takes the teeth out of croc pic...offering too few scares and insufficient tension for audiences to take the bait.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Splendid in its economy, Black Water gets a grip on our senses and never lets go %u2026 the writer/directors portray nature as something wondrous and deadly all at once, which is what it is of course, without guilt, without an agenda %u2013 except surviva

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile uneven yet sporadically tense thriller...

February 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Nasty, brutish and at 89 minutes just the right length.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Australian film-makers Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich have done a great job in making the world's most deadly reptile as scary as a shark.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Writer-directors David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki calibrate the tension with creditable skill.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

While the when-animals-attack genre has been a staple of direct-to-retail movies for decades now, this tries for a more realistic approach than the usual rubber or CGI reptile's buffet.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

There are some nice creepy chills to be had from the directors David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki's low waterlevel camera work, but ultimately the outlandishness of their real-life adventure deadens the visceral impact.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Packs enough shocks to keep you gripped, not to mention a conclusion that refreshingly refutes the genre rulebook.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Lean and mean, this basically does for crocodiles what Open Water did for sharks, Snap it up.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Well acted and all the more engaging for having been based on a true story, ultimately Black Water lacks teeth.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Short, sharp and refreshingly nasty, it's a light antidote to all those heavy Oscar hopefuls clogging up the multiplex.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source:

A wasted opportunity.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A barely disguised B-movie - but one that bites deep.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Watchable crocky horror flick that makes the most of its low budget and simple set-up, though the characters aren't especially engaging and you keep hoping they'll get eaten.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

"Black Water" is the scariest film of its type since "Jaws" - you'll wanna strap in for this one ... otherwise you'll be continuously jumping out of your seat. One of the most genuinely scary films I've seen in a long time.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Moviehole

Black Water may be derivative, but it ain't no crock

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Comment (1)
Eye for Film

There's something to be said for a chomp-em-up tale that exhibits some class, intensity, and restraint.

November 20, 2007 Full Review Source: FEARnet

Audience Reviews for Black Water

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
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One of the scarier giant croc movies. Heavy on atmosphere and great low budget directing.
January 7, 2011

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