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  • Actors: Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda, Ben Oxenbould, Fiona Press
  • Directors: Andrew Traucki, David Nerlich
  • Writers: Andrew Traucki, David Nerlich
  • Producers: Andrew Traucki, David Nerlich, Chris Wheeldon, Gary Rogers, Germaine McCormack-Kos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00111YM56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,283 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Water" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Filmmakers' Commentary with Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich
  • Deleted Scenes

Editorial Reviews

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...

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
Black Water is one extremely intense human survival movie. I don't know how anyone could sit through this and not have to consciously unclench most of his/her muscles before he/she can walk away after it's over. I can see where comparisons with Jaws (30th Anniversary Edition), Open Water (Widescreen Edition), or Rogue would ultimately come up in the discussion of this film, but I absolutely did not expect to see some viewers rating it so poorly. I don't think the Jaws comparisons carry much weight, and -as far as the other film comparisons go - who cares? Even if you've never seen a movie before in your life, you pretty much know how the film is going to play out by the twenty-five minute mark - and that doesn't make the film any less thrilling or suspenseful. The only question that really matters here is who, if any, of the characters are going to survive. The plot is one of brutal simplicity - and I mean that as a compliment.

Here's the situation. You're enjoying a fishing adventure with two family members in a mangrove swamp in Northern Australia when your boat is capsized by a salt-water crocodile. Two of you manage to scurry up a nearby tree, while the most vulnerable member of your party clings to the top of the overturned boat. Forget about your tour guide because he doesn't survive the initial attack. The odds are that no one is going to be looking for you any time soon, and there are hundreds of little tributaries to search if someone does come.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bear1000 on May 8, 2012
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The first time I saw this movie on Demand, I was expecting it to be your average man-eating animal movie. Instead, I got one of the best and perhaps the most realistic movie of this type. The movie is about a group of friends who take a fishing trip out into the mangrove swamp of Northern Australia. Soon, however, they get more than they barganined for when an enormous croc flips their boat, kills their tour guide, and traps them up in a tree. What really seperates this movie from so many others is the story is convincing. As someone who has read extensively about crocidiles, I can tell you that everything the croc does in this movie can be done by crocs in the wild. Now perhaps not all at once as the movie depicts, but just about every specific action can be done. Another thing is the acting. The acting in this movie is by far the best acting I have seen in any movie (much less a horror one) in a long, long time. You can literally feel the terror of the characters. In addition, the croc is the most realistic looking movie monster in a long time, as it should since they used real crocs for many of the scenes. I can't praise this movie enough. Buy it, watch it. You won't be dissapointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on June 6, 2013
Format: DVD
Three people with "lunch" written on their forehead get trapped in Australia's backwater by a big crocodile. That is pretty much it for plot. The movie has believable characters and good intensity. It reminded me too much of "Frozen" which was about three kids trapped in a ski lift. If you liked "Frozen" you should love this one, which I found significantly better.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. 3 1/2 stars
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. O'Blenis on November 10, 2008
Format: DVD
"Black Water" follows an almost identical set-up to the higher-profile Rogue, with several people setting off boating along the rivers of Australia, only to have a pleasant, hot and sunny day take a turn for the worse when a large, aggressive crocodile shows up with hunger on its mind. Rogue is slightly better on a technical level, and is a reccommended watch, but overall I thought Black Water was the better movie.

The plot is basic but the crocodile is a formidable prescence (bolstered by impressive special effects) and the interactions (and sometimes tensions) among the human characters are well done and convincing. Probably the most notable thing about Black Water is the very thing that, in mentioning it, has the potential to turn a lot of people off it: the croc attack comes early, and the surviving characters proceed to spend a large portion of the movie trapped up in the trees that dot the mangrove. Now, I realize that sounds like it's going to be stupid, but it says something that the movie actually pulled it off. The trees are sparse, and as the characters try to manuever from one to the other to make it to land, or clash over whether to brave the shallow, still waters and try and reach their capsized boat, or try to scramble higher up the trees and out of potential reach of the croc's jaws, the movie doesn't drag one bit. I thought it was worth some kudos that while some movies have all kinds of interesting twists and subplots but can't always make them click, Black Water takes a very bare-bones scenario and keeps it fresh and engaging. Of course, eventually, the movie does move on as the boaters's fight for survival gets increasingly desperate.
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