aka: Hades, Evil Undead, Final Dead Game
Director: Gabriel Bologna
Starring: Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris, Sean Lawlor, James Duval, Nick Mennell
Where your deepest secrets are revealed
Nine friends in their mid-20’s are heading out to a private island for a weekend filled with alcohol, pot and other festivities. They find a strange and old board game which is set to explore their deepest secrets and their friendship will be fully tested when they decide to play it. Unfortunately for them, the board game also carries something else with it, something very evil and dangerous…
The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond was made back in 2009, but first got its DVD/Blu-Ray release in September 2013. I guess that does say something considering it has people such as Robert Patrick and Danielle Harris being involved with it, but on the other hand we have seen other genre films of the later years that have been fun (Trick ‘r Treat) that has also had problems getting a distribution deal.
This one was not worth the waiting time though. It supposedly has a 5 million dollar budget, but who knows where that money went cause this looks and feels like a very low budget feature. The story is very simple and for experienced horror fans it is something we have all seen too many times before already. The characters have some backstory and the board game is used to tell their personal problems, but it hardly goes anywhere or has any interesting elements for the viewer.
The characters all look like they are about to hit 30, yet they act like they are supposed to be 20. The lovely Danielle Harris is in it and that’s probably the reason why anyone would want to check this out, but she has very little to work with here. Why they decided to use some decent money on Robert Patrick for a character that doesn’t add a lot to the story is beyond me. He is fun to watch, but it seems like unnecessary use of money when there is so many other things in this film that could have used more upgrades, including the rest of the main cast.
There is some cheap gore and special effects in the film and also a bit of nudity, but nothing that makes the film fun enough to sit through. The film is done by a guy named Gabriel Bologna, who has also done a few other films including 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Asylum. I’m not sure what he did with the money for the production or why he was given the job in the first place, but he did very little to prove that he has something to offer to the horror crowd in the future.
The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond has little to offer. Seasonal horror fans will feel very familiar with what is being done in this film and there are just so much more out there worth checking out that I can’t imagine why this should be prioritized above anything else. That is, unless you are a big Danielle Harris fan.