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 Thriller THE REEF: STALKED will be released in Australian cinemas from 28 July with the new trailer unveiled today.

Written and Directed by Andrew Traucki (Black Water) as a follow up to his 2010 film, The ReefTHE REEF: STALKED stars Teressa Liane (“The Vampire Diaries”), Ann Truong (“Cowboy Bebop”), Saskia Archer (“Boshack”), Kate Lister (“Clickbait”) and Tim Ross (“Wonderland”).

In THE REEF: STALKED , Nic, in an effort to heal after witnessing her sister’s horrific murder, travels to a tropical resort with her friends for a kayaking and diving adventure. Only hours into their expedition, the women are stalked and then attacked by a great white shark. To survive they will need to band together and Nic will have to overcome her post-traumatic stress, face her fears and slay the monster.

From Universal Pictures Content Group, Thrills & Spills, Mysterious Light and Filmology Finance, THE REEF: STALKED was produced by Neal Kingston (Great White), Michael Robertson (The Pack), Jack Christian (Black Water: Abyss) and Traucki (The Reef).

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural have released the trailer and poster art for the upcoming Shudder Exclusive from Australian filmmaker Andrew TrauckiThe Reef:Stalked, a follow-up to his critical acclaimed film The Reef,will premiere on the platform on Friday 29 July.

Written and directed by Traucki the film stars an Australian cast including, Teressa Liane (The Vampire Diaries), Ann Truong (Cowboy BeBop), Saskia Archer (Boshack), Kate Lister (Clickbait) and Tim Ross (Wonderland).

In an effort to heal after witnessing her sister’s horrific murder, Nic (Liane) travels to a tropical resort with her friends for a kayaking and diving adventure. Only hours into their expedition, the women are stalked and then attacked by a great white shark. To survive they will need to band together and Nic will have to overcome her post-traumatic stress, face her fears and slay the monster.

“For years since I wrote and directed the hit thriller, The Reef, people have been asking me to do another shark film.  I didn’t really want to because I thought I’d been there and done that but then I had a compelling idea I just had to explore,” explains Traucki.

“I’ve been very aware of the problem of domestic violence both in Australia and across the world. In Australia, a woman dies of domestic violence every week. What a horrible, disturbing statistic. I started thinking about making a film that had an anti- domestic violence message that would find a broader international audience. I thought of the parallels between a vicious shark attack and death at the hands of your partner and that is how the idea for The Reef: Stalked was born. I think I have managed to craft a story that entertains and could be a catalyst for further discussion around domestic violence and exposing the issues that surround it.”

Production has commenced on survival thriller THE REEF: STALKED from creature feature master Andrew Traucki, delivering the long-awaited sequel to the 2010 nail-biter THE REEF.  Filming is underway in Bowen in The Whitsundays, with the region’s tropical landscape and beautiful reefs doubling for the story’s location in the islands off Papua New Guinea.

Written and directed by Traucki, the film is produced by Neal Kingston, Michael Robertson and Jack Christian.    
 
Andrew Traucki said, “I’m thrilled The Reef: Stalked is in production and back to Bowen where we shot parts of The Reef eleven years ago! As a lover of survival tales, there is nothing I enjoy more than storytelling that pits humans against nature and asks the question ‘how would I survive?’. In this genre, there’s nothing scarier to the audience than encountering an apex predator, one of the sea’s most magnificent creatures, the great white shark.”
 
Starring Australian actors Teressa Liane (Neighbours, The Vampire Diaries), Ann Truong (Cowboy Bebop, Strike Back), Kate Lister (Unhinged, Fox Trap) and newcomer Saskia Archer, the story follows four girlfriends on a kayaking and diving adventure that goes horribly wrong, and draws on themes of resilience, healing from trauma and strength in sisterhood and female friendship.
 
In the tradition of 47 Metres Down, The Shallows, and like its predecessor, THE REEF: STALKED plays with our most primal fear of the deep, being eaten alive and of terrifying predators lurking unseen somewhere below.
 
The voracious appetite for genre thrillers has Thrills & Spills producing partners Michael Robertson and Neal Kingston on their toes and happy to keep audiences well fed. “We’re excited to be filming The Reef: Stalked in the same week Great White hits the cinemas in Australia and with our new partnership with Filmology Finance, we plan to bring many more thrills to the theatres and the fans.”
 
THE REEF: STALKED is produced by Thrills & Spills and financed by Filmology Finance, with world sales (excluding Australia/New Zealand) handled by AMP International. The film is slated for release in 2022.

With Aussie cult classic Black Water being released on Blu-Ray through Umbrella Entertainment we sat down this week and had a chat to the film’s director Andre Traucki.

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When it comes to genre filmmaking Australian filmmakers have always punched well out of their weight division. The result has been a number of Australian made genre films doing well overseas while names like George Miller, James Wan and Leigh Whannell have become household names for fans of the genre art-form.

Now director Andrew Traucki is about to take that huge step with his latest film Black Water: Abyss now showing in cinemas in Phuket. The award-winning filmmaker has perfected his craft over the years with brilliant horror thrillers such as The Reef and The Jungle while his latest film is a sequel to the film that started it all for him – 2007’s Black Water.

Traucki laughs as he talks to The Phuket News about what made him want to do a follow-up to his lauded crocodile horror thirteen years later. “Well someone had to write it,” he says laughing loudly. “It is an interesting question though because my journey has never been one of instant success. Every one of these films has been a struggle to make because of the financing side of things. So, for me it was a mixture of not really knowing if I wanted to make another film because I didn’t want to be pigeon-holed as the ‘crocodile guy’ so I went on and did other things… but it does seem like people prefer my animal movies.”

And animals certainly do play an important part of Traucki’s films… or perhaps we should say creatures. Black Water: Abyss like its predecessor sees a group of cave explorers, led by Jennifer (Jessica McNamee The Meg) and Eric (Luke Mitchell – Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.), trapped underground in a cave system with rising waters and a killer crocodile who wants to defend his territory.

It was that mixture of the cave and the crocodile that made Traucki want to be involved after he read the initial screenplay. “That was one of the greatest appeals of the script,” he explains. “Not only do I get to play with a crocodile, which is a top apex predator which makes it pretty scary, it is also all set in the dark while the original was all set in the day. So yeah, there is nothing quite like the darkness to make the film scary. That and them trapped in a cave with rising water and that felt like a pretty scary scenario.”

Of course though filming in and around water can be an absolute nightmare for a film crew and again Traucki laughs when we point out that it seems to be something that he has done in a few of his films now. “It is hellish, I don’t know why I keep doing it,” he says again laughing loudly. “I must have been a bad person in a past lifetime and now karma is catching up with me… that must be the reason why I keep coming back to water.”

“Look, I love water. I live by the beach and I surf all the time,” he admits. “I think that it is a great texture and an element to a film but it is difficult to film with. Gear gets destroyed and all kinds of mishaps can happen, people can get really cold and they catch hypothermia. It can be really slow going because you have to go through this stuff every day. So yeah, it is not an easy thing to work with but it just so happens that sharks and crocodiles live in the stuff so we have had to make these things with that added element of water.”

As the interview goes on it soon becomes very obvious that Traucki was also very excited about being able to work with such a talented Australian cast. “Luke was pretty keen to be involved,” he says as we talk about the film’s star Australian actor Luke Mitchell who over the past few years has been working in the U.S. on shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Blindspot. “He wanted to come home for a bit. His mother lives on the Gold Coast and we were filming in Brisbane. I think Jess (McNamee) wanted to come home for a bit as well because she is L.A. based.

“They were both motivated by the script as well,” he says still focussing on the stars. “But they also did both want to come home, and they had seen my previous work. So that is how we got them in the end, but it is never an easy road with casting.”

The hard-work that has gone into Black Water: Abyss is obvious and this is the kind of horror-thriller that will keep its audience on the edge of their seat… while they make a mental note to never set foot in the water again.

 

Black Water: Abyss opened in Phuket cinemas on August 12th.

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