‘Just when you thought it was safe to stay home’
From the Depths is a 2020 American horror film about a young woman suffering from hallucinations and survivor’s guilt after a shark attack. She is plagued by nightmares of being stalked by the ravenous predator and has disturbing visitations from her sister and boyfriend, both of whom were killed in the attack.
Written, co-produced and directed by Jose Montesinos (Frenzy aka Surrounded; Sinister Minister; 5 Headed Shark Attack). Co-produced by Brendan Petrizzo and Jon Kondelik (Jurassic Galaxy; Snake Outta Compton; Behind the Walls).
The Dual Visions production stars Angelica Briones (Dead Voices; Blade the Iron Cross; Sinister Minister), Terra Strong (The Nightmare House; Zoombies 2), Marissa Godinez, Taylor Jorgensen (Frenzy aka Surrounded; Shadows of the Dead) and Liz Fenning (Held; Flight 666; OMG… We’re in a Horror Movie; Ghosthunters).
“From the Depths plays its cards close to the chest and doesn’t give much away. Some scenes, such as a shark attack in a swimming pool, are obviously hallucinations, but are they all? Either as a portrait of someone succumbing to madness or a ghost story the film is compelling and held my interest.
The cast and crew of From the Depths deserve a lot of credit for that. Even without the short shoot and low budget, making material like this work isn’t easy. Scenes of a shark swimming up a hallway could easily have been unintentionally funny, see Ouija Shark for proof of that. The same for the scenes of Liz talking to the ghosts. They don’t overplay them or try to go for cheap scares or laughs. They actually feel almost like normal conversations despite the subject matter.” Read the full review at Voices from the Balcony
” …From the Depths makes the most out of its protagonist’s psychological trauma to give way to creativity with this creature. It is entertaining trying to figure out what is going on with the main character, as the shark stalks her everywhere, and its pros strongly overcome its cons […] it presents a surprising and intense finale.” 10th Circle
“Despite a lean 85 minute running time, much the same as a predatory shark it has the habit of swimming in circles. The conclusion can sadly be telegraphed well before the end of the film and falls quite flat. Sadly, From the Depths feels like a missed opportunity to explore a new narrative within the sub-genre of shark thrillers.” Bloody Flicks
“While there’s some enjoyment to be had from this, the focus on her trying to masquerade her feelings and come to terms with how her life is going due to the constant fear of seeing the shark stalk her comes off like a disservice, especially when it stalks to be quite predictable and seen coming from a mile away. It’s still watchable for what it is but it’s not the kind of thing most will appreciate…” Don’s World of Horror and Exploitation
“While the story is mostly a decent “Protagonist Questions Their Sanity” drama, it gets off to a very sluggish start and is peppered with chunks of clunky dialogue […] Briones’ performance feels more emotive and natural as Liz has to deal with her ghostly visitors, their troubling demand, and the equally troubling memories their arrival stirs up. While the atmosphere Payton and Seth create could’ve been utilized to greater effect, Jorgensen and definitely Godinez work well with what they’re given.” Geeks
“Montesinos paces the proceedings soundly and juggles the different subgenres at play nicely […] Viewers looking for a straight-up horror thriller with loads of shark attacks may be disappointed, but adventurous viewers who gravitate toward chance-taking independent fare should find From the Depths worth diving into.” The Scariest Things
From the Depths was released by ITN Distribution.
1 hour 22 minutes
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