BLOOD IN THE WATER (2022) Reviews of shark in a swimming pool movie

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‘Saw meets Jaws’
Blood in the Water is a 2022 British horror thriller about a sociopath who kidnaps six people and feeds them one by one to a shark.

Directed by Dominic Nutter (Jurassic Island) from a screenplay co-written by Matthew B.C. (Exorcist Vengeance; Monster Portal; Medusa) and Dominic Ellis. Produced by Scott Chambers [as Scott Jeffrey] (Spider in the AtticThe MutationBatsBad Nun: Deadly VowsCupidClownDoll and many others) and Rebecca Matthews (Witches of Amityville AcademyThe Candy WitchPet Graveyard).

The movie stars Hannah Ponting, Jamie Robertson, Andrew Rolfe, Amanda-Jade Tyler, Georgie Banks, Faith Kiggundu, Michael Hoad and Brendan Jones.

Zara (Hannah Ponting) is a young woman with a dark secret. Her life is abruptly interrupted when a masked sociopath, breaks into her flat, knocks her out and chains her up to a domestic swimming pool along with five strangers. Soon, they realise they are not alone as the final member of the congregation is revealed: a terrifying Great White shark.

The game of the unseen sociopath then becomes clear as each of them is chosen one at a time to be dragged into the pool to become shark food. As blood is spilt and the numbers dwindle, Zara learns that, in order to find true redemption, she will have to bare all and leave her fate in the hands of the sociopath and, more crucially, the shark that waits in the water…

Our review:
As its tagline states, Blood in the Water does indeed ripoff Saw – several times – but any connection to the classic masterly Jaws is only represented by some very brief shots of a supposed Great White… in a British suburban house’s swimming pool! Still, that’s an unbelievable yet intriguing concept in itself.

Unfortunately, this is yet another Scott Jeffrey (aka actor Scott Chambers) and Rebecca Matthews quickie production that will grate on most viewers’ nerves. If the fake Yank accents that some actors attempt (but sometimes forget) and the ceaseless whining and bickering and ranting in the tedious sweary script doesn’t wear you down then the washed-out colour correction (with some scenes in almost black and white) will make you lose all will to make it to the (mercifully short) Saw-inspired ending.

Avoid this like you’d avoid a shark in a swimming pool. It’s a new low in sharksploitation and not even so-bad-it’s-good like some of the worst ones out there. Adrian J Smith

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