Deep Fear stars Madalina Ghenea as Naomi, an accomplished yachtswoman, on a solo trip to meet her boyfriend, Jackson – played by Ed Westwick. Her tranquil three-day sail aboard a 47-foot yacht takes an unexpectedly dark turn when she responds to a distress signal to aid a sinking vessel, where she finds survivors clinging to the shattered remains of a boat. Events soon take a malevolent twist when it is revealed that the survivors are savage drug traffickers who force Naomi to dive down and retrieve 350 kilos of cocaine. The plan is thwarted when Naomi is surrounded by a frenzy of great white sharks – lured by the dead bodies in the wreck. In a tense and deadly undersea attack, Naomi must use her wits, skills, and determination to survive both the narcos and one of nature’s most awesome apex predators on a drug-fueled rampage.
Gravitas Ventures distributes in the US.
Filmed in Malta.
Directed by Marcus Adams (Long Time Dead, Octane), who was quoted saying: “Deep Fear’s tense and deadly underwater scenes are the visual and metaphorical essence of the movie. When we filled the studio’ water tank (100m width x 13m depth) with over a million gallons of seawater, we were told it would need four days for the sediment to settle and allow for visibility. Four days we didn’t have in the shooting schedule. Fortunately, by day two, we filmed a test dive and I knew we’d struck gold. The lack of clarity and murky conditions created the perfect tone and setting for this dark and sinister thriller. Visible enough to see but not enough to be sure of their surroundings, this rendered the characters to be only partially in control and creates a feeling of intense threat. Plunged into the deep-sea blackness, there is a visceral fear that grips our film’s audience and won’t let go.”
This is a killer shark movie.
Gravitas Ventures released Deep Fear on Digital on November 3, 2023.
Gravitas Ventures released Deep Fear on Blu-ray and DVD on November 7, 2023.
Director: Marcus Adams
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