The Black Waters of Echo's Pond (2010)
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Critic Reviews for The Black Waters of Echo's Pond
Give the movie a little credit for coming up with the idea of an ancient monster. And the design of the game is terrific. But this is just Jumanji with gore effects and topless scenes.
Pacing remains flat, exacerbated by bad dialogue, some subpar f/x and variable perfs.
There's relief in this type of poorly acted claptrap's adherence to movie mathematics, since each slain character is a sign that the movie is that much closer to a credit roll.
These waters are gory and sexually suggestive, and they overfloweth with unoriginality.
Watching people play a board game ain't ever going to be scary, and that's essentially what we have here -- after a laughably amateurish intro set in the 1920s, when the dice and cards are unearthed (in Turkey).
Audience Reviews for The Black Waters of Echo's Pond
I want to say The Black Waters Of Echo's Pond is worth seeing, but for the normal moviegoer I'd say no. No one has been invested in making it a better than an almost really good movie. The Black Waters Of Echo's Pond starts out really weak. Painfully bad. It had a really small budget, and quickly showed, along with costumes. The mediocre actors/characters are introduced, and it looks like it's going nowhere fast, but then it starts moving along. The game gets more intriguing, and the actors become more involved. It actually picks up a good pace, and kept my attention. Then there was a creative little ending, that could have been better, but closed the movie just fine. Quite a few things were wrong, though. Although there were a couple of characters who were familiar, there wasn't that one who stood out. Some of the dialogue was tacky. The thing that really made the movie fail was the lack of scares. Poorly done. They got the eerie feeling right, but they didn't follow through with making me jump. The, hands down, best thing about The Black Waters Of Echo's Pond was the cinematography and photography direction. Wonderfully done. It doesn't do exactly that much if you don't have either a top notch director or writer. If you're a horror fan, or want to see a near good movie, The Black Waters is worth seeing. Otherwise it's a near miss.
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