Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Black Waters of Echo's Pond - Review - @BrandonCSites / #Horror

The Black Waters of Echo's Pond (2010) *1/2
D: Gabriel Bologna  
C: Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris, James Duval, Nick Mennell, Mircea Monroe
P: A group of young adults, getting away from it all, at a vacation home in the middle of nowhere stumble upon an old board game that forces them to confess their deepest, darkest secrets, but as the game goes on, things take a violent turn as the participants act upon their violent urges.

We might as well get this out of the way, right off the bat. Yes, The Black Waters of Echo's Pond plays out like Jumanji, but with chainsaws, gore and some gratuitous nudity thrown in.

The problem with The Black Waters of Echo's Pond is that it feels like two completely different films stitched together. Segments involving the characters playing the board game are fun, light and breezy, but any time horror film elements are introduced, the film falls apart. Sometimes the film mistakes gore for scares. At other times, it comes across as amateurish (the opening sequence for example). And sometimes, it just comes across as boring. For example, there is a scene where everyone is gathered around a dinner table listening to an old urban legend. This sequence fails to elicit any goosebumps or any of that nostalgia associated with tall tales & superstitions. Instead, this sequence comes across as rather flat.

Once the film gets past the introductory segments involving the board game, the audience is just left to sit there and watch one character after another kill each other off. It all becomes rather repetitive. After awhile, I just kept sitting there, looking at my watch, wondering when the film was going to be over with. [R] 92 mins.

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