Many of us are rediscover a deep-rooted childhood fear with Quicksand, Shudder's new acquisition from Colombian director Andrés Beltrán (Tarumama) that will be hitting the streamer on June 23.
The sandy survival thriller was written by Matt Pitts (Westworld), and stars Carolina Gaitán (Encanto, Narcos) and Allan Hawco (Jack Ryan, Republic of Doyle). Shudder tells us more about Quicksand here:
The English-language film, which was shot entirely in Bogota, Colombia, follows an American couple on the brink of divorce who travel to Colombia for a work conference. While on a hike through the rainforest, a storm causes them to become trapped in a pit of quicksand. Unable to move, it becomes a struggle for survival as they battle the elements of the jungle and a venomous snake in order to escape.
Jason Cherubini, Nicolás Reyes and Sean Patrick Burke produced the natural horror, with Richard Switzer, Martin Ramos, John Harris and Kris Meyer serving as exec producers.
Here's what director Beltrán had to say about shooting on location (to ensure authentic outdoor anxiety):
"Making Quicksand was such a thrilling and challenging experience. I hope people can relate to the intense emotions Carolina and Allan portrayed so well. We shot the film on location, in a cold forest in the mountains of Colombia. Although the weather conditions were harsh for the actors and crew, we kept enjoying the process because we wanted to tell this story as real as possible.”
For anyone who is still holding onto that very specific fear of the sucky sand, worry not: Wikipedia tells us that it is a 'common misconception that humans can be completely immersed and drown in quicksand', and that it is actually physically impossible. Reassuring news, however we're sure that Quicksand will soon have us double checking our footing whenever we head into the woods.
Alongside Shudder, Quicksand will also be available for streaming on AMC+ in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.