The odds of getting attacked and killed by a shark are less than 1 in 3.7 million, meaning you are almost as likely to drop dead by the time you finish reading the next paragraph.
But every year, more and more people are freaking out when they see or read news of increasingly frequent (but still very, very, very, very rare) serious or fatal shark attacks.
Playing off of those anxieties, here comes Columbia Pictures’ “The Shallows,” a horror-thriller movie starring Blake Lively (“The Town”) as a surfer who is attacked by a great white shark and then becomes stranded on a rock a mere 200 yards from shore.
It’s the first big-budget killer-shark movie since 2011’s very lame and not-scary “Shark Night 3D.”
“The Shallows” opens nationwide on Friday, but if you’re ready to face your fears a little earlier, the Charlotte Observer is giving away 40 admit-two passes to a promotional screening set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in south Charlotte.
To enter a drawing for a pair, email CLT@charlotteobserver.com with “The Shallows” in the subject line and your name, age and phone number in the body. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Monday.
“The Shallows” is rated PG-13 and runs 85 minutes. Check out the trailer here: