The Black Demon 2023 Movie Review
From Steven Spielberg’s sensational adventure movie Jaws to Jason Stathom’s The Meg, the trend of representing sea monsters as threats to humans who simply want to have a seaside adventure have continued for years. Although there haven’t been many of these high-quality films in recent years, this year kicked off the monster trend again with films like Cocaine Bear, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, and the upcoming thriller The Black Demon, which offers a fresh take on the popular genre.
The Black Demon is an upcoming horror thriller about a vengeful megalodon shark, specifically a massive black shark that lurks off Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. The film first announced in October 2021 that it would star Josh Lucas, and it was shot in the Dominican Republic between the fall of 2021 and early 2022. So it’s only reasonable that fans would want to learn more about one of the most anticipated monster thrillers of 2023. Well, here’s everything we know about The Black Demon, the upcoming monster thriller.
The upcoming killer shark thriller features the tagline “nature bites back” and depicts a happy family consisting of Paul Sturges, his wife, and their two children as they ride to Bahia Negra on vacation in the hopes of having a wonderful time. As they arrive, they notice that the village is not what it used to be, and Paul inspects it to find out what happened. He discovers a bloodthirsty black demon shark hiding beneath the sea, devouring humans who invade its territory as a protective measure.
Paul has already arrived at the oil rig offshore with his family due to his inspection and finds that the black demon is waiting for an opportunity to kill them. He tries to find a way back to the village safely with a few other men who escorted Paul’s family to the oil rig, but everything seems impossible because the black demon is hell-bent on killing the humans who have been destroying nature’s habitat with constant oil spillage. The only way to save themselves is to kill the killer shark, but survival is not guaranteed without a perfect plan. With danger approaching at any moment, will Paul be able to save his family from the shark and escape the sea?
While we elaborated on the plot based on the trailer, here’s the official synopsis for The Black Demon:
“Oilman Paul Sturges’ (Lucas) idyllic family vacation turns into a nightmare when they encounter a ferocious megalodon shark that will stop at nothing to protect its territory. Stranded and under constant attack, Paul and his family must somehow find a way to get his family back to shore alive before it strikes again in this epic battle between humans and nature.”
Josh Lucas, a talented actor best recognized for his portrayal of Young John Dutton in the Yellowstone TV series, plays the lead role of Paul Sturges in the movie. His other credits include Ford vs. Ferrari, Sweet Home Alabama, Glory Road, Long Slow Exhale, and The Mysteries of Laura. Meanwhile, Fernanda Ureejola plays Paul’s wife, Ines. Her performance as Maria Elvira in Narcos: Mexico pushed her to stardom, although she had previously acted in a slew of hit television shows and films, including Cry Macho, Blue Miracle, Party of Five, and Bala Loca. As part of the supporting cast, Raul Mendez, Hector Jimenez, Julio Cesar Cedilo, Venus Ariel, Jorge A. Jimenez, Edgar Flores, Omar Patin, Carlos Solorzano, Luis del Valle, and Arturo Duverge will play their respective roles.
The Black Demon is directed by Adrian Grunberg, a filmmaker best known for his work in the direction departments of projects such as Sense8, Narcos, The Legend of Zorro, Apocalypto, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and Edge of Darkness. While Carlo Cisco provided the story, owing to his experience as a writer on Star Trek: Discovery, Boise Esquerra, renowned for his work on Blackwater and several hit short films, will be improvising the script.
The cinematography will be handled by Antonio Riestra, who has previously worked on Deep Blue Sea, The Envoys, and Cabarete. Javier Chapa and Jon Silk are producing the film with executive producers Martin J. Barab, Bruce Barshop, Ryan Basford, Philip Braun, J. J. Caruth, Vincent Cordero, Court Coursey, Adrian Grunberg, Patrick Josten, Walter Josten, Delphine Perrier, Jordan Wagner, Caleb War, Henry Winterstern, and Simon Wise.
According to the stories told by fishermen around Baja California, it has existed for a long time, and thousands of fishermen have died trying to escape the creature, only to leave bodiless boats in the sea. It has also been speculated that the Black Demon killed hundreds of whales around the Pacific Ocean.
In any case, given that the Black Demon appears similar to a megalodon, we might be able to see a great killer shark film before The Meg 2: The Trench, starring Jason Statham, hits theaters this summer.