As a child of the 1980s, one of my all-time favorite horror sub-genres has always been the “trapped underwater” trope. I love claustrophobic horror in general, but I am an absolute sucker for this particular sub-genre. Give me a submerged research station cut off from the world above with a terrorizing monster, and I can guarantee at least one ticket sold.
So imagine my surprise when the trailer dropped on Monday for Director William Eubank’s (The Signal, 2014) latest thriller Underwater starring Kristen Stewart (Lizzie, 2018). The film was shot back in 2017, and while never officially announced as being shelved by the studio, it experienced numerous delays—that was until Monday when then the trailer finally surfaced.
The official synopsis describes Underwater as, ”A crew of underwater researchers must scramble to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory.” However, if you watch the trailer closely, you will see that there is more damaging the underwater rig than an earthquake. That’s right folks; we have ourselves a deep-sea monster movie on the horizon.
After watching the trailer, I am one-hundred percent all-in on Underwater. The film looks to include everything I love about the sub-genre. The trailer gives off an Alien (1979) vibe, with Stewart channeling Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley. It also has clear influences from the late 1980’s aquatic sci-fi/horror films like James Cameron’s The Abyss (1989), George P. Cosmatos’s Leviathan (1989), and Sean S. Cunningham’s DeepStar Six (1989).
Underwater is scripted by Brian Duffield (The Babysitter, 2017), and Adam Cozad (Legend of Tarzan, 2016). The film also stars Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, 2010), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist, 2017), Mamoudou Athie (The Circle, 2017), T.J. Miller (Deadpool, 2016), and John Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane, 2016) and is currently scheduled to dive into theaters January 10th, 2020.
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