79 minutes of thrill: shark horror based on true events on Sunday on TV

Being forgotten in the open sea is probably the worst thing that can happen on a dive. Anyone who is longing for a thrill these days should tune in to TELE 5 on Sunday.

The initial situation sounds like paradise: A young couple is on vacation in the Caribbean and excitedly embarks on a diving trip. Little do they know that they will be forgotten by their group on the open sea. A misunderstanding leads the boat’s captain to believe the group is complete, so the boat sets out to return. The young couple, consisting of Susan (Blanchard Ryan) and Daniel (Daniel Travis), hope for an early rescue, after all they are not only completely on their own, but also have to fear shark attacks.

What sounds like a clever script idea actually happened to the US couple Eileen and Tom Lonergan in a similar way. In 1998, the two were forgotten while diving on the Great Barrier Reef. To this day, their exact fate is unknown, but it is believed that the two died of dehydration. Only parts of their diving equipment were washed ashore after their disappearance, but the two Americans were never recovered.

Director Chris Kentis has adapted the terrifying story of the Lonergans for the big screen and created a really nerve-wracking and frightening thriller with “Open Water”, which will especially appeal to shark horror fans. At this Sunday, July 24th, “Open Water” will be shown at 8:15 p.m. on TELE 5. If you don’t have time that evening or would rather watch the film without advertising, you can stream it at any time free of charge with a subscription to Amazon Prime Video.

If you want to get a glimpse of the oppressive atmosphere of the shark horror, you can watch the trailer here:

Despite a tight budget, Chris Kentis, who is also a passionate diver himself, made the box office ring with his film, and numerous viewers flocked to the cinemas after the cinema release to watch Susan and Daniel in the gripping fight for survival and against the sharks. With a budget of $120,000, the film grossed $55 million worldwide. With “Open Water 2” and “Open Water 3” a sequel followed in 2006 and 2016, but both of them could not build on the success of the predecessor.

If you’re looking for more horror movies based on real events, you’ll find them in our photo gallery:

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