Shark Night

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Shark Night
Shark night 3d film poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by David R. Ellis
Produced by Chris Briggs
Mike Fleiss
Lynette Howell
Written by Will Hayes
Jesse Studenberg
Starring Sara Paxton
Dustin Milligan
Chris Carmack
Katharine McPhee
Donal Logue
Joshua Leonard
Joel David Moore
Music by Graeme Revell
Cinematography Gary Capo
Edited by Dennis Virkler
Production
company
Sierra Pictures
Incentive Filmed Entertainment
Silverwood Films
Next Entertainment
Distributed by Rogue
Release date
  • September 2, 2011 (2011-09-02)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million[1]
Box office $40,136,479[2]

Shark Night (advertised as Shark Night 3D) is a 2011 American horror film directed by David R. Ellis and written by Will Hayes and Jesse Studenberg. It stars Sara Paxton, Katharine McPhee, Alyssa Diaz, Dustin Milligan, and Joel David Moore. The film, which was negatively received by critics and grossed $40 million worldwide, was released in Real D 3D and Digital 3D. This is Ellis' final film before his death.

Plot[edit]

The story revolves around seven college friends from Tulane University who spend a weekend at a lake house near Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain. Shortly after their arrival, the group experiences terrifying salt-water shark attacks.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Principal photography took place in the fall of 2010 in Louisiana around the Ark-La-Tex and at Caddo Lake in Uncertain, Texas.[3]

The sharks featured in the film were animatronic sharks built by Edge Innovations, who previously built sharks for movies such as Deep Blue Sea, Austin Powers in Goldmember, and even the Orca in Free Willy. According to Walt Conti, the head of Edge Innovations, two models for each shark were built. One "attacker" and one "swimmer." Each of which required very different internal mechanisms. "Sharks are this total contrast of stealthy, cruising lurking and these intense bursts of power," Conti says. "We split those two behaviors into two different types of models, and optimized each to do one of those things best." [4]

Although the movie was always going to be titled "Shark Night 3D" overseas Ellis fought for a name change for the North American release, at one point wanting to release the film under the title "Untitled Shark Thriller 3D.[5] Bloody Disgusting would later compare the proposed title of the film to Elis's previous film Snakes on a Plane (2006).[6]

Reception[edit]

Shark Night 3D received negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reports that the film holds only a 17% approval rating from critics with an average rating 3.3/10, citing 'A joyless excursion into the water that doesn't even produce good gore or nudity thanks to the neutered PG-13 rating."[7] The film has a normalized score of 22/100 on Metacritic, indicating generally unfavorable reviews.[8] The positive reviews praised the film for providing "dumb fun."[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shark Night 3D (2011)". Box Office Mojo. 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Shark Night 3D (2011)". Box Office Mojo. 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  3. ^ Roy, Carolyn (June 24, 2011). "Filmed in Hollywood South: Shark Night 3D trailer released". KSLA. Raycom Media. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/digital/3d/shark-night-3ds-predators-blow-jaws-out-of-the-water
  5. ^ Broddeser-Akner, Claude. "Snakes on a Plane Director Fighting to Call His Next Film Untitled 3D Shark Thriller". Vulture. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "'Shark Night 3D' Could Be Titled 'Untitled 3D Shark Thriller'?!". Bloody Disgusting. February 8, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Shark Night 3D". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Shark Night 3D". Metacritic. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Shark Night 3D". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 

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