It’s strife on the ocean waves as an ex-Marine comes face to face with a modern-day pirate in Altitude’s psychological thriller ‘Dead Water’, starring Casper Van Dien and Judd Nelson.
‘Dead Water’ sees a group of friends terrorised by a pirate on their yacht during a pleasure cruise. Unfortunately for the pirate, one of the group happens to be an ex-Marine who is teetering on the edge. It’s triple-crosses and terror (not to mention antique harpoon guns) from that point on, as the boat plunges into deeper water, and an extremely stormy climax.
Wealthy doctor John Livingstone (Van Dien) is planning “a couple of days on the water, breathing the sea air”, sailing his expensive new yacht in the Virgin Islands, with his troubled buddy, former Marine David (Griff Furst), and David’s wife Viviane (Brianne Davis) along for the trip. John and Viviane hope the excursion will provide David – troubled with PTSD – with some much needed rest and recreation. But, once out on the open water, tensions begin to arise, loyalties are tested, and the last thing they need is an extra passenger, in the form of the mysterious Sam McLean (Nelson), a pirate who has designs on John’s luxurious boat – even it means killing to get it.
Chris Helton’s debut film is a sleek, impressive ninety-minutes. With pulpy B-movie thrills and unsettling mind games, in spectacular Caribbean scenery, it’s as taut and thrilling, with lots of twists and turns. Dead Water is a boat trip perhaps you would not want to take in real life, but watch the movie from the comfort of your own home.
Out now on DVD & Digital