The Black Waters of Echo's Pond (2009)

A group of friends uncover a mysterious board game hidden deep beneath their vacation home on a remote island retreat, but what they don't realize is that the board serves as a portal to the devilish realm of Pandemonium, and that those who play it succumb to a fate far worst than death! It is easy enough to dismiss THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO'S POND the Horror genre's answer to JUMANGI, but director Gabriel Bologna works in a campy sense of humor that more readily reflects the cult films of the 80s like NIGHT OF THE DEMONS. Outside of the basic premise, unfortunately, the film suffers from an unimaginative script and stiff wooden characters that utterly fail to engage the audience. With the board influencing people's thoughts and emotions, petty rivalries quickly boil over into fighting and bloodshed, but none of the 'revelations' that are made between friends come as any sort of shock at all. The production design, on the other hand, surely does. The game board looks great, and it is only a pity that they did not take more advantage of the fiendish costume that was used for Pan. THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO'S POND is overacted and underwhelming at best.

Rating: 5/10.

Movies like THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO'S POND:
APRIL FOOL'S DAY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, JUMANGI, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS.

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