Movie Review: The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond (2009)

black_waters_of_echos_pond_ver3_xlgWritten by: Sean Clark, Gabriel Bologna and Michael Berenson

Directed by: Gabriel Bologna

Starring: Danielle Harris, Robert Patrick, James Duval, Electra and Elise Avellan, Mircea Monroe, Nick Mennell, M.D. Walton, Walker Howard and Arcadiy Golubovich

Synopsis:

Nine friends take a holiday at a Victorian home on a private island and uncover a game that when played brings out the worst in each of them. Jealously, greed, hatred, lust, all of the things they keep buried deep inside themselves rise to the surface and come to a boil.

The long wait to own The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond is finally over.  I have never seen this film in its entirety until I bought it.  I had only seen trailers and had read some articles and reviews of  it.  I was interested by it right away.

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond is conceptually a great film.  There have been other films similar, but this one stands above those.  Sean Clark‘s rewrites of the film were fantastic.  The plot had everything that makes a horror movie worth watching, jealousy, greed, hatred, lust, revenge and demonic possession.  The twists in the plot were put together seamlessly.  There were no wholes what so ever and it was easy to fallow along with what was going on.

The casting of The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond was perfect.  Danielle Harris was incredible.  Robert Patrick was a perfect addition to the cast although he doesn’t have much screen time.  The entire cast was natural in the way that they interacted with one another.  When the game brought out the dark feelings in the group, they were all believable.  Many times with this many emotions in a group in a film, someone ends up over acting a part and completely butchering it to upstage someone else, but I am happy to say that this did not occur here.

Every demonic movie has to have a character that represents the evil in it.  The demon/creature in was creepy as hell.  I loved the overall look of it.  The mask was creative and fit the film perfectly.

On the bluray, and I’m assuming the DVD as well, there is an alternate opening in the bonus features.  The alternate beginning was more disturbing than the one that was used, but the opening that was used, in my opinion, fit the film better.

The ending was very bizarre.  I must say that it was something that I did not see coming.  I loved it!  I was afraid of the typical ending, but was pleasantly surprised.

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond was definitely low balled by the critics, big time.  I give it a 9 out of 10

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