The Black Waters of Echo's Pond
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The Black Waters of Echo's Pond
Robert Patrick and Danielle Harris headline this satanic shocker about a group of friends who discover a malevolent board game that unleashes the forces of hell through pent-up emotions. It was supposed to be a relaxing getaway for nine close friends, a carefree trip to a private island far-removed from the cares of the real world. Upon arriving at their gorgeous Victorian home retreat, one member of the group discovers a bizarre game hidden beneath the basement stairwell. Before long the group is gathered around the table, eager to learn the rules and have some fun. But this is no ordinary… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"These waters are gory and sexually suggestive, and they overfloweth with unoriginality."
‑ Lucy Barber, Boston Globe
"Derivative and about as exciting as a checkers tournament (albeit one where the inevitable chainsaw makes a blood spattering appearance), this pallid horror movie is bloody but not even remotely scary."
‑ Pam Grady, Boxoffice Magazine
"A Warning to the Curious: Don't let the would-be evocative title fool you into thinking that [this] is anything other than a routine (nay, outdated) splatter film."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"Like Jumanji on bad acid, it's pretty much game for anything."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Pacing remains flat, exacerbated by bad dialogue, some subpar f/x and variable perfs."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"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)."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"the ongoing slaughter is just so much screen time that passes so dully as to qualify as audience torture worse than anything these characters suffer, and their suffering involves a chainsaw at one point"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"A mindlessly entertaining, gory and campy homage to the grindhouse films of the 1970's."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Barely rises to the level of a made-for-Syfy time-waster."
‑ Josh Bell,
"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."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Bloody and gory, but in a friendly way, this is a movie for old-school horror fans who understand that, sometimes, bad is good."
‑ Chuck Wilson, Village Voice
"Feckless young people play a cursed board game that unleashes repressed desires, rips the scabs off festering wounds and brings seething resentments to a boil: Predictable slasher mayhem ensues."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Miss FlickChick
"A weird, talky, fairly sloppy mess of a low-budget genre flick ... but at least it gets good towards the end."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Ho-hum. No amount of runaway chainsaws or bear traps can save this vacant excuse for Z-grade horror, which consistently ignores its potential to play out like every other fright fest."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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