Killer croc thriller 'Black Water: Abyss' to reopen cinemas on 10 July

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor
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A still from Black Water: Abyss. (Altitude)
A still from Black Water: Abyss. (Altitude)

Altitude has added its killer crocodile movie Black Water: Abyss to the list of films that will be on show when some UK cinemas reopen on 10 July.

Cinemas have been closed by the coronavirus pandemic since mid-March, and Cineworld and Picturehouse are the first chains to announce they plan to reopen on 10 July. Most films vacated their release dates in response to the shut down, and yesterday the Eva Green astronaut movie Proxima became the first title to confirm it will be in screens when cinemas reopen on that date.

According to a synopsis for Black Water: Abyss, a sequel to 2007’s Black Water, the film “sees adventure-seeking couple Eric (Luke Mitchell, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Jennifer (Jessica McNamee, The Meg) convincing their friends Yolanda (Amali Golden, The Invisible Man) and Viktor (Benjamin Hoetjes, 10x10) to explore an uncharted cave system, in remote North Australia, with the help of the unpredictable Cash (Anthony J. Sharpe, Robert The Bruce) as their guide.”

Jessica McNamee arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "CHIPS" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, March 20, 2017. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jessica McNamee arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "CHIPS" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, March 20, 2017. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

“As a tropical storm floods the caves the adventurers are trapped in the dark recesses underground, cut off from the outside world. As the waters rise they soon realise they aren’t alone, and their desperate attempt to escape turns into a frantic man and woman versus crocodile fight for survival.”

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Andrew Traucki, who directed the original, returns for the sequel.

“Altitude are excited to be working with our exhibition partners as they reopen UK and Irish cinemas this Summer with the release of Black Water: Abyss on 10 July,” said an Altitude spokesperson.

“We’re confident that cinemas will observe appropriate government guidance to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for audiences and staff and we look forward to auditoriums welcoming enthusiastic filmgoers to re-engage the big screen experience.”

Cineworld has revealed its plan to protect its staff and customers when they reopen, with safety measures including contactless payments, staggered film times to avoid customer crossover, and new seating maps to ensure social distancing between visitors.