As horror fans, we all have certain sub-genres that we return to over and over. For some, it’s zombie films. For others, it’s a good ol’ slasher flick.
One of my personal favorite sub-genres is the shark attack movie. I’m not talking about silly stuff like Sharknado though, I mean stories that take sharks seriously as the ultimate predators they are.
Jaws will of course always be the best example of a horror movie with a shark as the antagonist, but a notable recent entry into the mix is 47 Meters Down, directed by Johannes Roberts.
47 Meters Down’s plot concerns sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt), who are on vacation in Mexico. They decide to go cage diving, but the cage they’re in breaks free from the boat it’s attached to and plummets to the ocean floor. This leaves them trapped, with little oxygen left, and hungry sharks closing in.
The film was originally supposed to go direct to video, before small distributor Entertainment Studios rescued it and sent it off to theaters. This turned out to be a good decision, as 47 Meters Down went on to gross $53.6 million worldwide, on a budget of only $5.5 million. That’s one hell of a profit margin.
As we all know, when a horror movie makes that kind of cash, a sequel is inevitable. So, get ready to go 48 Meters Down. According to THR, Roberts will be returning to direct the sequel, and will once again be co-writing the script with Ernest Riera.
48 Meters Down moves the shark-infested action from Mexico to Brazil, and follows a group of adventure-seeking young women in the coastal city of Recife. Looking for some fun, they find out about some hidden underwater ruins, and decide to go explore them. Unfortunately, sharks already call the ruins home.
Stay tuned to iHorror for any further updates on 48 Meters Down, and when you can see it for yourself.