After dominating the streaming charts at Amazon for seven consecutive days, talks of creating a sequel to The Black Demon have surfaced.
Despite facing formidable competition from major studio releases like Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves and Cocaine Bear, The Black Demon, a low-budget shark film, triumphed over them all. Sitting at the pinnacle of Amazon’s streaming rankings for an entire week, the movie’s success has sparked conversations about a potential follow-up.
The Black Demon is a supernatural shark thriller that follows a stranded family on a deteriorating oil rig in Baja as they confront a revenge-driven megalodon shark. With a production budget just under $10 million, the film may not have garnered outstanding reviews upon release, but its evident appeal to viewers suggests that there is an audience for this genre.
Producer Javier Chapa enlightened The Hollywood Reporter with his sentiments about The Black Demon’s success. “We recognized a unique opportunity,” Chapa stated. “Our company’s core values involve promoting representation for people of color both in front of and behind the camera. Simultaneously, we aimed to address an underserved demand within our community.” Chapa further expressed his surprise at the lack of support the Latino community receives in the film industry. He boldly proclaimed, “Among all demographics, Latinos are the most avid moviegoers. It beggars belief that there aren’t more films catering to this vibrant community, films that are universally embraced yet specifically created for them.”
Only time will tell if The Black Demon’s triumph will pave the way for a sequel. Discussions are underway, but progress remains on hold until the ongoing strikes involving the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) have concluded.
Earlier this year, our own Cody Hamman reviewed The Black Demon and deemed it “mediocre entertainment”. Hamman believed that the film should have fully embraced its cheesy elements instead of trying to be overly serious. “The main issue,” Hamman opined, “is that if The Black Demon wanted to incorporate moments of cheesiness, it should have fully committed to that direction and embraced a more lighthearted tone overall. However, it remains predominantly serious, leaving unintentional cheesy moments that result in viewers laughing at the film rather than with it. The intention was for audiences to take this seriously, to feel unsettled.” You can read the rest of Hamman’s review here.
What are your thoughts on a potential sequel to The Black Demon?