12 Feet Deep

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12 Feet Deep (film)
12 Feet Deep Poster1.jpg
Directed byMatt Eskandari
Produced byMark Myers
Written byMatt Eskandari
Michael Hultquist
StarringAlexandra Park
Nora-Jane Noone
Tobin Bell
Diane Farr
Music byTodd Haberman
CinematographyByron Werner
Edited byRyan Cooper
Distributed byMar Vista Entertainment
Release date
  • June 20, 2017 (2017-06-20)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

12 Feet Deep (originally titled The Deep End,)[1] is an American independent psychological horror-thriller film written and directed by Matt Eskandari and starring Alexandra Park, Nora-Jane Noone, Tobin Bell and Diane Farr.[2] It was distributed by Mar Vista Entertainment.[3][4] The film received a wide release on June 20, 2017.[5]


Bree (Nora-Jane Noone), decides to go for a swim at the Ketea Aquatic Center. The pool manager, McGradey (played by Tobin Bell), later hangs signs around the pool mentioning that the pool is closing up for the holiday. Bree is later joined by her sister, Johanna (Alexandra Park) in the pool and connect over a competition in college.

Meanwhile, the janitor of the aquatic center, Clara (Diane Farr) is caught by McGradey attempting to steal from the lost and found. She is later laid off and is told to clean up before leaving.

McGradey then eagerly tells all swimmers to leave as they prepare to close. Bree and Johanna reluctantly do so. While packing up, Bree realizes that her engagement ring is missing, after attempting to show Johanna. Johanna sees the ring stuck in the metal grate at the bottom of the pool and both dive in to retrieve it.

The manager thinks everyone has left the pool and decides to close up, failing to notice the girls in the deep end of the pool. He engages the pool cover and leaves for the day with the two girls trapped inside the pool.

The girls are terrified and unsuccessfully attempt to escape. Shortly afterward, Johanna reveals that she is secretly jealous of Bree's successful lifestyle and recent engagement and that she pulled the ring from Bree's bag and threw it in the pool. Bree is initially angry with her sister but her anger is short-lived. Bree also talks about her past with her abusive alcoholic and drug addicted father. She also opens up about the fire which led to his death. Bree reveals that she is diabetic and requires a shot, or there is a possibility that she might slip into a diabetic coma.

The janitor, preparing to leave, is surprised to see the two girls trapped underneath the pool cover. Leading the girls to believe she is going to help them, she picks up Bree's bag, taking her cash, smartphone and credit card. The janitor then proceeds to blackmail her for the password to her phone and her credit card pin number. She later turns the water heater off. The girls have no choice but to wait out the night. Johanna talks about the deep mental damage from her abusive father with Bree saying, "Just keep reminding yourself that he's dead."

The janitor comes back in the morning teasing the girls again. Johanna, angry at her, leads the janitor to place her ear onto the small hole in the pool cover, subsequently stabbing her in the ear with a sharp shard of tile. The janitor then turns on the automatic pool cleaning system, causing the girls to begin suffocating in chlorine. After a few minutes, she turns this off, realising the danger in her action.

When the janitor leaves again, Johanna apologises to Bree for her jealousy and keeps blaming herself for the situation they're in. Bree comforts her and forgives her for her wrongdoings. Bree reveals that during the accident which killed their father, she actually prevented her dad from escaping and in fact, helped kill her father.

The janitor comes back, realising the error of her ways. She decides to open up the pool cover to let the girls out but the pass code she was given by the manager no longer works, leaving the girls to remain trapped. She tells the girls they're on their own and leaves.

Bree soon grows very weak and cold, passing in and out of consciousness. After initially refusing Bree's offer to try, Johanna spends her last bits of energy trying to rip off the metal grill on the bottom of the pool, something her sister failed to do. After succeeding, Johanna smashes the fiberglass of the pool cover, allowing them to escape. She then pulled Bree, unconscious, out of the pool and gives her the insulin shot, unsure whether she will survive. The janitor appears in front of them with a gun. She threatens to kill the girls after thinking about what might happen if they didn't die in the pool, not wanting to go to prison again. The janitor instead feels sympathetic for the girls and puts the gun down and gives them their belongings back. Johanna, after calling the police, tells her to leave.

Paramedics arrive at the aquatic center and tend to Bree. Johanna gives her her engagement ring back, which the janitor blackmailed Bree for with the intention of pawning it. Bree asked how she got it back to which Johanna replies, "I killed the monster", referring back to what Bree said about killing their father.



12 Feet Deep received generally positive reviews from critics, JoBlo.com called it a "well crafted-entertaining thriller," and gave it 8/10 stars.[6] That Moment In gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars and said it was "well-directed and engrossing... less a shocker than an intense human drama."[7]

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  1. ^ Hipes, Patrick (11 January 2016). "The Royals Star Alexandra Park to Star in Indie Film The Deep End". Deadline.com.
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (16 January 2016). "Tobin Bell Joins Thriller 'The Deep End'". Variety.
  3. ^ "Tobin Bell Joins Thriller 'The Deep End'". Yahoo Movies. 16 January 2016.
  4. ^ Squires, John (30 May 2017). "'12 Feet Deep' Trailer Will Make You Fear Public Pools". Bloody Disgusting.
  5. ^ Collis, Clark (20 June 2017). "A swimming pool becomes a death trap in exclusive clip from 12 Feet Deep". Entertainment Weekly.
  6. ^ Hamman, Cody (20 June 2017). "Arrow In The Head Reviews 12 Feet Deep". JoBlo.com.
  7. ^ Duprey, David (23 June 2017). "That Moment In Review 12 Feet Deep". ThatMomentIn.

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