The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond

This generic horror meller would be most at home debuting on Syfy.

With:
With: Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris, James Duval, Mircea Monroe, Elise Avellan, Electra Avellan, Walker Howard, M.D. Walton, Arcadiy Golubovich, Nick Mennell, Sean Lawlor, Jason Loughridge.

Silly, scareless “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond” finds yet another group of disposable youths unleashing yet another ancient evil something or other, to their inevitable detriment. Though this generic horror meller would be most at home debuting on Syfy — perhaps double-billed with “Pinata: Survival Island” — director/co-scenarist Gabriel Bologna’s feature opens across the country in limited release April 9. That leap-of-faith move will pay off best in heightened home-format awareness.

A 1927-set prologue finds Americans excavating a lost temple of the pagan god Pan, with (mostly offscreen) fatal results. In the present day, nine college friends arrive to party on a Maine isle whose cranky caretaker (Robert Patrick) relates its violent history. The visitors find a hidden board game that, when played, releases a rubber-suit “ghoul” that possesses each in turn with a murderous case of the green-eyed monster. Multinational, multiethnic protags are so shallow and bitchy we can hardly wait for them to start getting offed, but it takes nearly an hour for that mayhem to commence. Even then, pacing remains flat, exacerbated by bad dialogue, some subpar f/x and variable perfs. Overall production values are B-grade, cable-ready.

The Black Waters of Echo's Pond

Production: A Parallel Media release of a Parallel Media and Project 8 Films production. Produced by Jason Loughridge, Raymond J. Markovich. Executive producers, Olga Mirimskaya, Arcadiy Golubovich. Directed by Gabriel Bologna. Screenplay, Bologna, Sean Clark, Michael Berenson.

Crew: Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Massimo Zeri; editors, Andrew Cohen, Michael Spencer; music, Henry Manfredini; production designers, Michael Fitzgerald, Samson Kellman. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, April 2, 2010. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris, James Duval, Mircea Monroe, Elise Avellan, Electra Avellan, Walker Howard, M.D. Walton, Arcadiy Golubovich, Nick Mennell, Sean Lawlor, Jason Loughridge.

More Film

  • The Dead and the Others Review

    Cannes Film Review: 'The Dead and the Others'

    Silly, scareless “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond” finds yet another group of disposable youths unleashing yet another ancient evil something or other, to their inevitable detriment. Though this generic horror meller would be most at home debuting on Syfy — perhaps double-billed with “Pinata: Survival Island” — director/co-scenarist Gabriel Bologna’s feature opens across the […]

  • Transilvania Film Fest Raises Curtain on

    Transilvania Film Festival Raises Curtain on 17th Edition

    Silly, scareless “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond” finds yet another group of disposable youths unleashing yet another ancient evil something or other, to their inevitable detriment. Though this generic horror meller would be most at home debuting on Syfy — perhaps double-billed with “Pinata: Survival Island” — director/co-scenarist Gabriel Bologna’s feature opens across the […]

  • 'The Division' Director on Breaking the

    'The Division' Director David Leitch on Breaking the Video Game Movie Curse

    Silly, scareless “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond” finds yet another group of disposable youths unleashing yet another ancient evil something or other, to their inevitable detriment. Though this generic horror meller would be most at home debuting on Syfy — perhaps double-billed with “Pinata: Survival Island” — director/co-scenarist Gabriel Bologna’s feature opens across the […]

  • moviepass card

    MoviePass Parent's Stock Slides to Another Record Low

    Silly, scareless “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond” finds yet another group of disposable youths unleashing yet another ancient evil something or other, to their inevitable detriment. Though this generic horror meller would be most at home debuting on Syfy — perhaps double-billed with “Pinata: Survival Island” — director/co-scenarist Gabriel Bologna’s feature opens across the […]

  • Happytime Murders

    'Sesame Street' Creators Sue STX Entertainment Over Marketing for 'The Happytime Murders'

    Silly, scareless “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond” finds yet another group of disposable youths unleashing yet another ancient evil something or other, to their inevitable detriment. Though this generic horror meller would be most at home debuting on Syfy — perhaps double-billed with “Pinata: Survival Island” — director/co-scenarist Gabriel Bologna’s feature opens across the […]

  • solo a star wars story

    'Solo' Heads to Opening Below Forecasts Over Memorial Day Weekend

    Silly, scareless “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond” finds yet another group of disposable youths unleashing yet another ancient evil something or other, to their inevitable detriment. Though this generic horror meller would be most at home debuting on Syfy — perhaps double-billed with “Pinata: Survival Island” — director/co-scenarist Gabriel Bologna’s feature opens across the […]

  • Paul Bloch'Cop Out' film premiere, New

    Paul Bloch, Publicist to the Stars and Rogers & Cowan Chairman, Dies at 78

    Silly, scareless “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond” finds yet another group of disposable youths unleashing yet another ancient evil something or other, to their inevitable detriment. Though this generic horror meller would be most at home debuting on Syfy — perhaps double-billed with “Pinata: Survival Island” — director/co-scenarist Gabriel Bologna’s feature opens across the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content