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The Reef

Canadian Premiere

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Official Selection, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2011

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"Achieves exactly what it sets out to do — scare the bloody pants off you" — Gazz Ogden, BEYOND HOLLYWOOD

« Le réalisateur a parfaitement maîtrisé son sujet grâce à une histoire simple, des personnages crédibles et un savoir faire indéniable […] » — FILMS-HORREUR.COM


Director: Andrew Traucki
Screenplay: Andrew Traucki
Cast: Damian Walshe-Howling, Zoe Naylor, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering
Producers: Michael Robertson, Andrew Traucki
Print Source: Alliance-Vivafilm



Luke has his dream job. Along with his assistant Warren, he crisscrosses seas and oceans, delivering boats to all corners of the world. In order to share his luck and perhaps rekindle his relationship with Kate, he invites his ex, her brother Matt and his girlfriend, Suzie, to meet him at the Australian coral reef, launching spot for a cruise that will take them to Indonesia. Planned activities: deep-sea diving, hiking on deserted islands and sunbathing on heavenly beaches. But the dream quickly turns into a nightmare when their vessel is wrecked on the corals. Stranded on a drifting boat that is set to sink sooner or later, our vacationers, freshly re-positioned at the bottom of the food chain, must now set out to find some dry land. After several hours of swimming, punctuated with hallucinations caused by the inherent stress of splashing around in shark-infested waters, an all-too-real shadow begins to lurk around them. A colossal silhouette, the last thing one wants to see in this situation, that of a great white shark looking for a meal.

Ladies and gentlemen, cool yourselves down before seeing THE REEF because after seeing this horrific suspense shocker, you won’t even want to get close to a kiddy pool. Inspired by true events, this genuine cinematic predator could be described as a hybrid between JAWS and OPEN WATER in which the killer shark behaves like an aquatic Michael Myers. Taking a cue from Neil Marshall and his paralyzing THE DESCENT, writer/director Andrew Traucki demonstrates his immense talent by establishing from the get-go a suffocating atmosphere that puts our phobias to the test, in the middle of which his characters evolve to create fear and discomfort well before the real threat appears. The concern with realism prioritized in THE REEF amps the anxiety up to new heights and can be felt at every level, from the convincing acting to the bold means taken to portray the beast on screen. No need for robotic predators or excessive digital effects. Traucki filmed real, five-meter sharks in their natural habitat. The result is arresting, a real technical tour-de-force that makes each attack even more terrifying. Like a colossal shark that knows full well you can’t do squat against it, THE REEF will do with you as it pleases.

—Nicolas Archambault (translated by Guillaume Desbiens)

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