Directed by Christopher Smith
Produced by Jason Newmark
Julie Baines
Chris Brown
Written by Christopher Smith
Edited by Stuart Gazzard
Music by Christian Henson
Starring Melissa George
Michael Dorman
Rachael Carpani
Henry Nixon
Emma Lung
Liam Hemsworth
Distributed by Icon Film Distribution
Release date 16 October 2009
Fear Comes In Waves
— Film's Tagline

Triangle is a 2009 psychological horror film written and directed by Christopher Smith, and starring Melissa George and Michael Dorman. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 16 October 2009


Jess (Melissa George) is a waitress and single mother to Tommy (Joshua McIvor), who has autism. One morning, the doorbell rings while she goes about chores, but no one is there when she answers. She then packs up for a trip with her friend Greg (Michael Dorman) on his boat. Joining them are Victor (Liam Hemsworth), a runaway teenager who lives with Greg; Sally (Rachael Carpani) and Downey (Henry Nixon), long-time friends of Greg who are married; and Heather (Emma Lung), a friend of Sally's. Jess looks exhausted when she greets them and naps for the first few hours of the trip. Tommy was also invited to come along, but Victor tells Greg that Jess zoned out when asked where he was before claiming he was at school. Some time later, the wind suddenly dies down entirely and an electrical storm approaches the boat. While radioing the coast guard, Greg picks up a distress call over the communication link, but requests for coordinates go unanswered. The storm soon reaches the boat and capsizes it, during which Heather is swept out into the water. When the weather clears, the others climb onto the upturned boat, stranded and unsure of what to do.

A cruise ship soon approaches them and they shout for help, quickly boarding it as it passes, only to find no one on the deck or in the hallways. Jess feels an increasing amount of déjà vu as they wander the halls. While they examine a display case for Aeolus, the ship's namesake, they hear a noise and find a set of keys, which Jess recognizes as hers. The group soon finds a dining hall, where Jess spots someone watching them and Victor runs off after them. Jess and Greg continue looking and find a room with a bloody message written on a mirror directing them to the theater. Jess leaves Greg after a disagreement and returns to the dining hall where she is found by Victor, who is bleeding from a head injury. He tries to strangle her, and dies from his injury as she escapes. She follows the sound of gunfire to the theater, finding Sally and Downey kneeling over Greg's corpse. They accuse her of killing Greg and demand to know why she directed them to the theater, both of which Jess denies. The actual killer guns down Sally and Downey from above. Jess flees and soon reaches the front deck, where she disarms the killer after a brief struggle. The killer speaks incoherently under the mask before falling over the side of the ship.

After finding an active phonograph in the cabin, Jess hears yelling from off the ship and looks over the side to find herself and the others yelling for help from the upturned boat. Jess follows them after they board, but she drops her set of keys in the hallway near the display case and is nearly spotted by her counterpart in the dining hall. She runs outside and is found by Victor, but she accidentally injures his head while trying to explain things. She flees and finds a locker room with clothing and shotguns the killer used earlier, as well as notes on the floor that say to kill everyone who boards, which she realizes were written by her. She takes a shotgun and confronts herself and Victor in the dining hall, though her counterpart flees when she cannot kill her. She then runs to the theater and shoots at the killer, saving Sally and Downey. She leaves them to get Victor, intent on escaping the ship, only to find he was thrown overboard. The killer, revealed to be another Jess, finds and leads Sally and Downey to the room with the bloody message. She then attacks and savagely kills Downey, stabbing Sally in the process.

Sally flees and is chased by the current Jess. She reaches a communication room and begs for help over the link, revealing her to be the distress caller picked up on Greg's boat. Jess eventually catches up to her on an upper deck, the floor of which is covered with Sally-corpses, and watches from above as the newest Jess kills the killer Jess and throws the body overboard. Sally soon succumbs to her wound, at which point the upturned boat and everyone on it returns again, revealing that the time loop repeats itself after everyone is killed. Now desperate to get home, Jess disposes of the bodies, leaves the message on the mirror with Downey's blood and directs Sally and Downey to the theater. She then dons the killer's outfit and kills everyone in the theater except her counterpart, who she chases to the front deck. She is disarmed during the struggle, and tells her counterpart to kill everyone when they board before falling over the side.

She awakens on a beach and hitchhikes home, only to find herself returned to the morning of the trip. As she watches from outside, it is revealed that Jess is abusive toward Tommy, whose autism bothers her. Jess rings the doorbell and runs to get a hammer, then enters the house and beats her other self to death with it. This is seen by Tommy, and Jess hugs him and assures him he had a bad dream, echoing the film's first scene. She puts the body in a duffle bag and loads it into the car, then leaves with Tommy, promising she won't abuse him anymore. A seagull suddenly hits the windshield, leaving bloody tracks, and she pulls over to toss it over the edge of the embankment, but finds multiple dead seagulls below. Realizing she's still trapped in the loop, Jess tosses it and gets back onto her car and drives on, but Tommy panics over the blood; as she tries to calm him down, she veers into the other lane and is hit by a truck. In the aftermath, as she watches people gather around her dead body and Tommy's, a taxi driver approaches and comments that nothing can save Tommy before offering her a ride. She asks to be taken to the harbor, where she joins the others on the boat, intent on preventing her son's death, and hopefully finally escaping the loop.



Main article: Triangle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).


The film was written and directed by Christopher Smith. The UK Film Council awarded public money from the National Lottery fund towards the development, production and distribution of the film, in eight awards totalling just under £1.5 million.


The film premiered in the UK at the London FrightFest Film Festival on 27 August 2009. Triangle was theatrically released on 16 October 2009, in the UK, 30 December 2009 in Belgium; 21 January 2010 in the Netherlands.

Triangle was critically successful but was not a commercial success. Debuting at 217 theaters in the UK, the film grossed £260,626 on its opening weekend, resulting into a number seven debut in the top 10.The following week, the film fell to number 11.



  • The film makes many oblique references to The Shining (1980). The number 237 crops up, which was the same number of the spooky hotel room Danny was forbidden to go into; there are also words written on a mirror, a ballroom and an axe.
  • The recording of "Anchors Aweigh" used in the film is performed by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. The aircraft carrying Glenn Miller to Paris in December 1944 disappeared over the English Channel in what is often considered a "Bermuda Triangle"-type incident.
  • The "Aeolus," the ship that Jess and the others jump to, is named after the Ancient (mythological) Greek ruler of the winds.
  • The film is set in Miami, Florida, but was filmed entirely in Queensland. Both Florida and Queensland are known as "The Sunshine State"; a nickname used on a road sign in the film.
  • The "Aeolus," the ship that Jess and the others jump to, is named after the Ancient (mythological) Greek ruler of the winds.
  • Towards the end of the movie, when Jess prepares to drive off she puts the duffel bag containing her doppelgangers corpse in the trunk. During the accident scene, the doppelgangers corpse is laying on the pavement, no longer in the duffel bag. The positioning of the corpse in the road is deliberate, as Christopher Smith explains on the DVD commentary. The audience is meant to question whether the "doppelganger" has really been thrown out of the trunk and bag during the crash, or was in fact the "real" Jess who was driving - and therefore killed - in the "original" accident.
  • Lindsay Lohan was rumored to play the lead role.

  • Fear Comes in Waves
  • Save Our Souls
  • The Forecast is Evil
  • A Passage to Hell

  • When Jess wakes up below deck Heather asks her if she would like a glass of champagne, Jess smiles and says yes. But when they both climb to the deck moments later Jess is empty handed and Heather walks away with both glasses.
  • When writing the "kill them all" note, the over the shoulder shot shows the pen being held with index finger tucked well under her thumb. Face on, the pen is being held in a totally different pinching style.
  • When Jess is driving with her son, something hits the windscreen causing an obvious splatter of blood which visibly fills the windscreen (1:27:18) yet when she pulls over (1:27:21) there's only a stream of blood.
  • When Jess awakes from her dream on board the yacht, you can see an electrical socket, which looks more like one used in Australia, even though it was set in USA.
  • Cars are shown with front license plates. However, cars in Florida do not have front license plates. Additionally, the "Florida" plate design in the film is different from any actual issued license plate.
  • When they are at the pier you can see a sign towards the entrance/exit of the pier that says Southport Yacht Club QLD on it which is located in Australia. The film is meant to be off the Miami USA coast at the Bermuda triangle.


See also


Triangle (Gallery).


Film Triangle
Characters Jess - Greg - Victor - Tommy - Sally - Driver - Downey - Heather
Locations Aeolus (ship) - Miami - Ballroom - Theater - Triangle (sailboat) - Cabin 237 - Harbor - The Armory - Jess's Home - Engine Room - Atlantic Ocean
Music Triangle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Galleries Triangle (Gallery) - Jess/Gallery - Greg/Gallery - Victor/Gallery - Sally/Gallery - Downey/Gallery - Heather/Gallery - Tommy/Gallery - Driver/Gallery - Posters
Greek Mythology Aeolus (god) - Sisyphus - Thanatos - Hermes - Ares - Persephone
Items Jess's Keys - Remington Model 870 - Kitchen Knife - Fire Axe - Record Player - Mirrors - Jess's Locket - Sledge Hammer
Terms/Concepts Time Loop - Manifestation - Déjà vu
Vehicles Audi 80 B3 - Dodge Ram Van - Ford Crown Victoria - Holden Barina - Kenworth W-924 - Mitsubishi Lancer - Volkswagen Camper