What’s summer without the horror of sharks?
The official sequel to Andrew Trauckiit is the reef, The Reef: Tracked is now available on Digital/VOD and streaming on Shudder.
Written and directed by Andrew Traucki (black water) following his 2010 film, The Reef: Tracked stars Teressa Liane (“Vampire’s Diary”), Anne Truong (“Cowboy Bebop”), Saskia Archer (Boshack), Kate Lister (“Click Bait”) and Tim Ross (“Wonderland”).
In the sequel: “Nic, in an effort to heal after witnessing the horrific murder of his sister, travels to a tropical resort with his friends for a kayaking and snorkeling adventure. Just hours into their expedition, the women are stalked and attacked by a great white shark. To survive, they will have to unite and Nic will have to overcome his post-traumatic stress, face his fears and kill the monster.
The appetite for shark horror is insatiable, and it’s not hard to see why. A gripping shark movie can be downright terrifying. Sharks are apex predators at home in their element, unlike humans. This makes escape and survival much trickier. To demonstrate why we love shark horror, we take a look back at six of the most terrifying shark moments in horror.
the reef – Underwater fear
Writer/director Andrew Traucki’s minimalist approach and use of actual shark footage resulted in an intense shark feature full of scares. One of the most significant moments comes after the group makes their long swim in open water after their boat capsizes. Luke (Damian Walshe-Howling) ducks his head below the surface in search of oncoming predators, only to encounter a charging shark with its mouth wide open. It’s a powerful jump scare that makes you happy to be on dry land.
The wide – Feeding frenzy
Daniel and Susan find themselves stranded at sea due to a counting error during a scuba diving excursion. Drifting without food or water through various aquatic encounters would sell survival horror enough, but The wide also sees the pair constantly surrounded by sharks. The most disturbing scene comes when Susan is alone, after Daniel’s injuries cause the sharks to descend and take him. The wide sees Susan walking on water, with flippers spinning nearby. It is intercut with a peek below the surface, showing the sharks gathering frantically. That Susan’s response is to silently accept her fate sends shivers down the spine.
The deep blue sea – Poor Jim
Renny Harlin goes big with this blockbuster-sized shark attack flick and sets the tone early with this brutal, over-the-top death. The triggering event occurs when Dr. Jim Whitlock (Stellan Skarsgård), one of the people responsible for genetically modifying the intelligence of sharks, has his arm severed by one of the sharks. Medical evacuation attempts during a storm create a series of disasters, resulting in multiple deaths once the helicopter crashes into the aquatic research station. Through it all, poor Jim is dragged from the airbridge to the ocean below by one of his sharks. The survivors watch, helpless and horrified, as the shark carries it in its mouth and then uses it as a tool to break the glass of the facility. It’s a long, endless way to die.
The shallows – Jellyfish Glove
Jaume Collet-Serra injects heart-pounding suspense throughout this shark attack flick, creating plenty of memorable sequences. Arguably the most notable of all comes with the extended sequence which sees Blake Lively’s Nancy forced out of the safety of a rock thanks to the rising tide. Nancy’s closest source of protection from the stalker shark is a buoy in the distance, creating a harrowing chase through the jellyfish-infested waters.
47 meters below – A flare in the dark
Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are on vacation in Mexico when a shark diving excursion offers the reserved Lisa a chance to prove she can be impulsive after all. It goes awry when the cage’s cable snaps and traps the sisters in the depths of the ocean with prowling sharks. The film’s most terrifying moment comes when the sisters finally make their slow ascent through the pitch-black waters, lighting their way to the surface with a flare. When that rocket goes off, a palpable tension builds as they struggle to ignite another. When the rocket finally explodes, it gives way to the biggest scare in the entire film.
Jaws – Silent Killer
Steven Spielberg has established that less is more when it comes to the scariest moments. This is never more evident in film than during the 4th of July weekend. A crowded beach full of revelry turns to horror when the shark swims into the area and overturns a few boats, including one with Brody’s son, Michael. Putting Michael in jeopardy creates tense tension, and Spielberg takes advantage of this by framing the scene overhead as the yachtsman surfaces to reach his boat. The spectator can see what the swimmer cannot see; the shark is approaching to kill him. He is quietly being dragged underground, with Michael petrified as he watches this happen. Finally, the cries of the yachtsman alert swimmers as he is being devoured. Cut to his severed leg drifting to the bottom of the sea.
The Reef: Tracked is now available on Digital/VOD and Shudder.