Comic-Con 2011: Shark Night 3D swims into San Diego

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Total Film has landed at the San Diego Comic-Con for another year, and first on our shopping list was an exclusive chat with the cast of Shark Night 3D .

Directed by Snakes On A Plane and Final Destination 2 helmer David R Ellis, the comedy horror offers up shark bait in the form of Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack and Chris Zylka.

They play friends who are on an idyllic summer vacation, and end up coming face-to-razor-fanged-gob with a gang of very hungry sharks.

We chatted to the film’s stars at an exclusive ‘parking lot’ press gathering that included shark-themed cocktails and a bucking shark ride (yes, that’s a waitress riding said shark in the above pic).

Paxton herself is no stranger to murky water-based movies, having previously played a perky mermaid in Emma Roberts dramedy Aquamarine .

Which just leaves us with one very important question – mermaid vs shark, who would win?

“I definitely think the shark would win!” she says. “When we were filming Aquamarine in Australia, they wanted me to get in the water with the tail on, and I said, ‘No way Jose!’ I definitely think the shark in this movie would kick the mermaid’s ass.”

They sound pretty bad-ass. “They had actual shark teeth in their mouths,” reveals Milligan of the film’s mechanical beasties. “They were terrifying. Possibly not as terrifying as a real shark…”

“People were actually getting attacked by the fake sharks,” says Paxton. “The water moved so suddenly and a mechanical shark would veer off course and a cameraman would be bleeding everywhere.”

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.