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Movie Review: The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond

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The Black Waters of Echo's Pond is directed by Gabriel Bologna and written by Bologna, Sean Clark, and Michael Berenson. It stars Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Danielle Harris (Halloween 4 & 5, Rob Zombie's Halloween, Halloween II), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Nick Mennell (Rob Zombie's Halloween, Friday the 13th), Mircea Monroe, Arcadiy Golubovich (Demoted), Electra Avellan (Planet Terror/Death Proof), Elise Avellan (Planet Terror/Death Proof), Walker Howard (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), and M.D. Walton.

The movie starts out with a flashback to the 1920s where several men are killed on an island by an unspeakable evil unleashed by an ancient game. I almost gave up at this point since the killings are really gory but I decided to give it a while and see what happened.

The movie then jumps ahead to the present day in Maine where a group of friends decide to spend the weekend on a small island. The circuit breaker blows in the old Victorian home they're staying in and one of the friends takes a trip to the basement to see if he can flip the breaker on and get the power back on. While in the basement, he discovers an ancient board game that's been hidden for years and brings it upstairs to play.

The board game challenges the friends to reveal secret hopes, fears, and shames to each other. This of course brings out anger, pain, lust, and embarrassment among the friends and tension builds between them. Through the influence of the game, things turn deadly and the killings begin.

The Black Waters of Echo's Pond has everything a good horror flick should have. There's lots of blood and gore, including a fairly scary chainsaw scene. The girls are all beautiful and the movie contains several brief flashes of nudity and lots of implied sex and flirting, both hetero and homosexual. Add in a little drugs and a lot of drinking and you have one seriously scary movie. The movie has a very unexpected ending that I totally wasn't expecting and left me want more.

The Black Waters of Echo's Pond is opening at select theatres on April 9. Opening cities include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Boston, Orlando, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Louisville, Dallas, San Francisco, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Seattle, Birmingham, Minneapolis, Portland, San Antonio, Tampa, and Tucson. While not currently rated, I'd be very surprised if this movie came in as anything but an R.

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