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Ghost Canyon

'Black Water'
(Diana Glenn, Andy Rodoreda, Maeve Dermody, et al / DVD / R / (2007) 2008 / Sony Pictures)

Overview: In the tradition of Open Water and Rogue comes a thrilling and suspenseful new horror film inspired by the true events of a terrifying crocodile attack. What begins as a leisurely boat tour down the rivers of Northern Australia becomes a horrifying race for survival when Grace, Adam and Lee become hostages of a man-eating crocodile. When their boat suddenly capsizes in a mangrove swamp they are shocked to find that their guide is missing. Realizing they've been attacked by a crocodile, the only place they can find safety is up a tree. Now, stranded in the flooded swamp, starving and terrified, the three must battle to survive the bloodthirsty beast who sits below - just waiting for one of them to lose their grip.

DVD Verdict: 'Black Water' was a very good Australian low budget croc film, at first I thought that this film looked very familiar then I remembered this other low budget film its kind of like Open Water only with a crocodile instead of a shark. Three friends go on a vacation in the Australian backwoods and decide to go on a fishing tour through the mangroves, this obviously turns out to be a bad idea since it doesn't take to long before a large and ravenous crocodile flips over the boat and chases them up a tree.

With nowhere to go the three friends (which includes Grace with her boyfriend and younger sister) are forced to act real fast before they're eaten by the crocodile, the film was quite good but the beginning was slightly dull they could have made things more interesting but then again the film kept getting more interesting and alot better especially during the second half which has some decent action scenes, it really took off and became a nice and suspenseful low budget thriller/horror film and it packs in plenty of nail-biting tension so it does make us root for these three main characters, its really unpredictable since we don't know who's going to die next and once they hit the water you never know when the croc's going to attack cause its not visible under the water.

This film had a few bloody scenes in it but there wasn't any gore except for one dismembered arm and they used a real crocodile instead of CGI however there was a scene where they used a composited shot where the croc leaps up to grab one of the girls on top of the tree and yes it does look ridiculous, there were a few more unbelievable moments but despite all that I still thought it was worth it and it was very entertaining, I highly recommend this. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Audio Commentary with writer/directors Andrew Traucki and David Werlich
“Making of Black Water” Featurette
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer
Sony Trailers

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