For this month’s theme of Blue I have chosen two different but tenuously linked films that relate to this colour. This first film I am going to look at is Open Water.
Open Water by Chris Kentis (2003)
Of course ‘water’ brings to mind the ‘sea’ and with that the colour ‘blue,’ so this is how this film inks in with our theme. Open Water [DVD] is an independent film and quite a frightening one at that. Based on a true story, couple Daniel and Susan take a scuba diving holiday to relax and reconnect with on another. A feeling of dread is apparent throughout the film though as you know something is going to go wrong. After being sailed out to the deep ocean for a dive, a mistaken head count believes them to be on board when in actuality they are still diving. Then the tension notches up a gear as they are stranded for two days in the middle of the ocean! I won’t give any spoilers away but safe to say they do not have an easy time of it by any means, it gets very dark in tone and makes you wonder what you would do in this situation. If you are of a nervous disposition then it probably best not to watch this film!
Dark Water by Hideo Nakata (2002)
Another film, quite different although still using the theme of water is Dark Water  [DVD]by Hideo Nakata, the acclaimed Japanese horror director of Ring. This film is based on a short story called Floating Water by Koji Suzuki (the author of the Ring novels). I really liked the Ring novel in some ways I preferred it to the film as you experience more of a back story and more detailed scenes set in the mountains but I do feel that the film of Dark Water was better than the short story and this may just be because the director had time to show levels of nuance that the short story could not convey. Dark Water tells the story of recently divorced Yoshimi Matsubara and her six year old daughter Ikuko. The Matsubaras move into a block of near derelict flats, most of which are abandoned and damp. As soon as they arrive they begin to experience strange occurrences such as hair being found in the tap water, and a little girl’s bag with a rabbit on it which keeps reappearing however much Yoshimi tries to get rid of it. Are these hallucinations or real hauntings? As a divorced single mother in Japanese society, Yoshimi appears to be struggling with no help from her ex-husband, she has to work long hours and look after Ikuko plus experience all of these disconcerting events at home. It may be enough for herself or others to doubt her sanity, this is reflected in the attitude of the male lawyer and caretaker of the apartment block who do not seem to take her concerns seriously. There are some truly terrifying moments in this film also so do not watch if you are easily scared!
These are my choices for this month’s theme of blue if you agree or disagree or have better examples then let us know.