Shallow Water – A Review
Okay, a while back Sandy Colllora started a Kickstarter campaign for his new feature, it was to be called Shallow Water, and it was to be a creature feature/ horror film with all practical effects. I got really excited by this and joined the campaign. Sadly, it wasn’t to be, but it returned as a short film, and I again joined the campaign…. and it was successful…and I just watched it…
If you don’t know who Sandy Collora is, he’s an independent film maker who created that wonder that was Batman: Dead End, as well as Worlds Finest and his first feature Hunter Prey. He also works in the film industry and has worked on some amazing pictures including The Abyss, Predator 2 and unknown to me Guyver: Dark Hero (after watching Shallow Water, I kinda see it). If you have seen the films he’s made (too which I still believe that Batman: Dead End was the fire that lit Batman Begins, and the flurry of comic book flicks we’ve seen since) you will know that they are always made with the upmost passion, respect, blood, sweat and tears. So, I can assure you that Shallow Water is by no means a plain creature feature.
I am not going to write any spoilers and I won’t give any scenes away, this is because I know it’s going go on the festival circuit soon, and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone that is going to see it.
Shallow Water is a fine edition to the Colloraverse, it’s a retroactive swan song to the time when studios took risks, and let film makers make films. Like Hunter Prey, it harks back to ideals of the films I watched from the mid 80’s, it was about detail, pacing, and beautifully shot frames. The film is eerie, it’s both loud and quiet at the same time, and also very very wet. There is allot of water in this film, and without it, the film would be missing something (and would make the title confusing). The water makes the atmosphere far more sinister, mixed in with a rather intense score that moves between music and soundscape, you’re note quite sure if you are hearing instruments or animal vocal tones.
Lisa Roumain plays the lead, and brings the fear that is needed, she’s agile enough to bring the speed of panic to her character, but not treated like the “dumb blonde” of so many horror films. There is no pandering to stereotypes, in fact, if you whacked her in a main role in a Predator film, she’d pull all the punches.
The creature itself, well, if you have been following Sandy’s posts, you’d have seen it, and it’s awesome. Again, if you haven’t, I am going to leave it to you to see it, all I will say is that a trip to the Aquarium won’t be the same.
All in all, I can say that I loved it, and I really want to do another review where I can talk about the finer details, but that will wait a while. But what I will say is that at one point, I did find myself trying to talk to Lisa on screen.
I am hoping this is the first in a Metal Hurlant series of shorts that expand on the Colloraverse, because we all know it would be amazing.
If you get a chance, see this film, hell, go and watch Sandy’s other films, go and see films made with practical effects, beautifully designed, fun and adventure filled.