– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I’ve got to admit, when I saw the trailer for THE SHALLOWS in theaters last month, I kind of geeked out. I’m a huge shark junkie. I have been since I was a little boy, and this film looks like it could be the best big-screen appearance for a Great White since JAWS. Will I likely be disappointed? Oh, you bet. But the intimate story, the Hitchcock-like approach, and the seemingly more existential dread on display in the trailer hooked me.

Today, I get to share with you the first two clips from THE SHALLOWS. Before you get to watching them, I will voice my dismay that the first clip includes some goofy song instead of a piece of score. Call me old-fashioned, but I’d much rather hear some ominous strings than whatever that random song is.

Here’s clip #1, “The Line Up”:


And here’s Clip #2, “The First Attack”:

If THE SHALLOWS demonstrates the kind of restraint seen in Clip #2 throughout its entire running time, I’ll be floored. I’ve always found that the best horror films, especially ones that center on a creature or animal of some kind, are the ones where the killer’s presence can be felt but not seen. They should be made visible during a few key moments, but otherwise only be eluded to. It’s the best way to build up a sense of dread and make the audience hold its breath, while at the same time they want to shout at the screen, “GET OUT OF THERE!

We’ll see if THE SHALLOWS can live up to its promise when it comes out on June 24.


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.