If you’re like me, occasionally you get wistful while humming the soundtrack to Tangled, and you wonder what Mandy Moore’s been up to lately. Apparently This Is Us and a Tangled TV series, fittingly called Tangled: The Series. (Peak TV, who can keep up!?) But also she dove into my favorite subgenre: shark horror.
47 Meters Down isn’t as sexy a title as Jaws, Deep Blue Sea, or even Sharknado. But the premise is the stuff of nightmares and daydreams turned panic attacks:
Two sisters, vacationing in Mexico, are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean, with less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby.
This sharksploitation flick snuck up on entertainment reporters. Last year, it was a Dimension Films release called In The Deep, and was slated to go straight to DVD that August. But then Dimension ditched on its distribution, selling the Mandy Moore vehicle to Entertainment Studios, which decided that in the wake of Blake Lively’s surprise shark hit The Shallows, this creature feature deserved a shot in theaters. And in an especially odd twist, Dimension Films ditched out on the production after they’d sent screeners to reviewers. So we know this is a standout to get stoked for, as ComingSoon has a really early review that describes it as “a crackerjack slab of sharksploitation survivalist horror that basically kicked my ass.”
47 Meters Down will hit theaters June 16th. I’m already hyperventilating.