‘Trapped Sisters’: Lifetime Movie, AKA ’12 Feet Deep,’ Loosely Inspired By True Story Of Cheydan Barr

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Trapped Sisters is a horrifying new Lifetime movie that will air tonight. Trapped Sisters, also known as 12 Feet Deep, and Deep End, chronicles the harrowing story of teen sisters who are trapped under the fiberglass cover of a public pool. The Lifetime movie takes its direction from Matt Eskandari and is written by Matt Eskandari and Michael Hultquist. Filmed in Los Angeles, California, Trapped Sisters (12 Feet Deep) stars Diane Farr, Tobin Bell, and Nora-Jane Noone.

In Trapped Sisters, Lifetime movie fans meet Bree and Jonna, two teen sisters who love swimming. Since they were small children, they often competed against each other to see who could swim the fastest. Years later, Jonna and Bree are up for some sisterly fun when they decide to spend the holiday at the public pool.

However, a day of fun turns into complete terror after the pool closes and the fiberglass cover begins to close, trapping the teen sisters inside. With just a few inches between the water’s end and the fiberglass top, Bree and Jonna don’t know if they will survive.

They try to break the glass but nothing seems to work. And they believe no one hears their loud screams. The truth is someone is there watching them. It’s Clara, the pool’s janitor, who used the teens’ entrapment for her own personal pleasure.


Trapped Sisters heightens the fright by bringing the Lifetime Television viewer in on every harrowing moment. Just when it looks like the girls might make it out, their hopes are dashed when it becomes apparent they are trapped beneath 100,000 gallons of water with no way out.


Posted by Cheydan Barr on Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Lifetime’s movie, Trapped Sisters, is inspired by true events. Cheydan Barr’s story is similar. Cheydan Barr was a 20-year-old woman who became trapped in a pool during a Christmas Day swim in 2015. By the time the aspiring nurse and midwife was found during the early morning hours, she had already expired. The incident took place in the town of Orbost in Victoria, Australia, The Herald Sun reported. Here is Cheydan Barr’s old Facebook page.


The film’s director made the following statement to TV Crime Sky about the true inspiration.


“The film is an original story that is only loosely inspired by an amalgamation of similar types of incidents, not the one incident that occurred in Australia in particular. This is just one incident that I saw had occurred after I wrote the script.”


He made a similar statement in the 1428 Elm interview. The plot of Trapped Sisters is also similar to the 2009 movie Harper’s Island. Citizen Skull Productions produced the TV film with Sharon Bordas and Fernando Szew brought on as executive producers. Trapped Sisters airs at 8/7 p.m. Central on Lifetime Television.




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Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as Examiner.com and Inquisitr.com. Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.