The most wonderful time of the year is approaching. No, it’s not Christmas. No, it’s not Halloween. It’s Shark Week, the annual event put on by Discovery Channel for the past 31 years. It’s all about the finned creatures that glide through the water and strike fear into the hearts of many. This year’s Shark Week programming slate strikes a balance of sensational fear and beautiful camerawork to show the power of sharks. What’s new this year is Shark Week’s first feature-length scripted film, Capsized: Blood in the Water. They’re going full on aquatic horror.
Capsized: Blood in the Water is based on a true story. In October of 1982, a yacht capsizes while on its way to Florida. The surviving crew members drift through the ocean as a group of tiger sharks catch their scent and begin to attack. The film documents the story of their survival as their numbers start to dwindle. Capsized: Blood in the Water stars Josh Duhamel (Transformers) and Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars).
Besides wading into fictional waters, Shark Week has a slew of pelagic programming, including a new episode of Expedition: Unknown about the Megalodon. However, this time instead of trying to convince us the prehistoric monster is real, this special will try to figure out how exactly the giant shark met its demise. Another special, with the alluring title The Sharks of Headstone Hell, investigates the giant tiger sharks that live off Norfolk Island, a tiny island in the South Pacific. The inhabitants of the island toss whole animal carcasses to the sharks, and scientists want to know how this has affected shark behavior. And, of course, Air Jaws returns this year with scientists documenting how seals have learned to fight back against great white sharks. Check out the full programming slate here.
The talk show Shark After Dark will premiere after each night of programming. Host Rob Riggle (it was previously hosted by Eli Roth) will recap the day’s documentaries and interview a roster of celebrities, such as Damon Wayans, Jr. and Joel McHale.
Shark Week starts on Sunday, July 28 at 8 PM EST and goes until August 4. Are you excited for this year’s Shark Week? What do you think of their first foray into aquatic horror? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!