More shark attacks occur on the eastern coast of Australia than practically anywhere else in the world. Now, they’re stalking the local Coles & Woolworths.
Forget that “Shark Night 3D” rubbish, filmmaker Russell Mulcahy (“Highlander,” “Resident Evil: Extinction”) has gone one better with “Bait 3D” which centers on, wait for it, sharks in a supermarket. It’s “The Mist” meets “Deep Blue Sea”.
Mulcahy has also managed to assemble a local cast with a bit more star power than the unknowns in ‘Night’ – including “Nip/Tuck” star Julian McMahon, “Eclipse” hunk Xavier Samuel, Sharni Vinson (“Step Up 3D”), Dan Wyllie (“Animal Kingdom”), Alice Parkinson (“Sanctum”) Phoebe Tonkin and Lincoln Lewis (both “Home and Away” and “Tomorrow When the War Began”).
The premise? In a sleepy Queensland beach community, shoppers at an underground supermarket are taken hostage by a crazed bandit. So far, so western suburbs. Then a freak tsunami swallows the town and the rushing water threatens to entomb them. Worse, the wave has brought a pack of hungry great white sharks.
Sound ridiculous? When floods ravaged Queensland back in January, the media played up reports of unconfirmed sightings of bull sharks swimming through the flooded streets of Ipswich. It’s a stretch, but I’ve heard stranger.
The film hits Aussie theaters in September, no word on an international release as yet.