Bash buoys ‘Water’ bow

Shark flick bares teeth

HOLLYWOOD — Lions Gate swam against the tide of “Blair Witch” comparisons at last week’s “Open Water” preem in Westwood.

“People say, ‘Oh, you bought another horror movie,'” said Lions Gate’s Peter Block at the Napa Valley Grille after-bash. “I say, ‘Oh no, it’s a horrifying movie.’ ”

The nightmare tale about a couple stranded in shark-infested waters while scuba diving has also drawn inevitable comparisons to “Jaws” and definitely caused more than one to reveler to vow not to go in the water anytime soon.

“I worry about the impact we’ll have on the diving industry,” said Block, who plans to scuba again nevertheless.

Writer-director Chris Kentis and producer spouse Laura Lau said they were attracted to the story, based on true events, as a couple who dive together. “We never saw our movie as a shark film or horror film per se,” Kentis said.

Co-star Daniel Travis, however, said the chance to swim with sharks was a big lure.

“I would do it all over again,” he said, noting he’s the only one in the small crew who’s gone diving since filming.

Also on hand at the thankfully sushi-free fete: pic’s Blanchard Ryan, “Blair Witch” co-helmer Daniel Myrick and one-armed surfer Bethany Hamilton.

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