The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond (2009)

logoDirector: Gabriel Bologna

Writer: Michael Berenson, Gabriel Bologna, Sean Clark (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris, Sean Lawlor, James Duval, Nick Mennell, Mircea Monroe, Arcadiy Golubovich

 

Plot: Nine friends take a holiday at a Victorian home on a private island and uncover a game that when played brings out the worst in each of them. Jealously, greed, hatred, lust, all of the things they keep buried deep inside themselves rise to the surface and come to a boil.

 

Verdict: The Game of Death

 

Story: The Black Waters of Echo Pond is about a group of friends on a deserted island all going for a good time, but a board game brings out the worst in them. Each part of the friendships seems to get paired off to enter into battle over deep seeded difference between them all. Everything plays into the basic idea that if someone is pushed to the limits a darker person with a very different person comes out. We have a few twists and the generic characters used and a demon creature always lurking. It is nothing special but a good look at how people can hold things in. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Patrick: Pete the old man who lives on the island letting one if his family member use it for weekend with their friends. He is a generic old drunk who protects his island at all costs. Basic performance where he gets very little to work with. (6/10)

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Danielle Harris: Kathy still grieving the loss of her brother thanks to a reckless choice by Rick, she will never forgive him but does she know the truth? The scream queen struggles to make an impact in this one. (6/10)

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James Duval: Rick the man that nearly everyone hates of the group and no one knows why he has even been invited to the island. He becomes the hero of the piece trying to save the people he can but is this really just him getting what he really deserves for all his wrongs. Good performance but also the only really interesting character. (7/10)

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Mircea Monroe: Veronique the stereotypical bimbo on the group who uses her body to get whatever she wants. Good performance playing the role required well.  (7/10)

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Director Review: Gabriel Bologna – Good direction to create a horror film with a difference. (7/10)

 

Horror: Black Waters of Echo Pond shows when it is your own friends that turn on you, you know it would be a pretty horrific thing to go through. (8/10)

Thriller: Black Waters of Echo Pond is not as well tensed up as could have been. (6/10)

Settings: Deserted Island makes great isolated setting for horror. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects used on most of the kills. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is still only on for the horror fans to try, it might not fill enough of the boxes a true horror fans likes. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: The final twist makes you think.

Worst Part: Generic characters.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

Overall: Horror Without the Bite

Rating 58

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Tekken (2010)

Director: Dwight H. Little
Starring: Jon Foo, Kelly Overton, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ian Anthony Dale, Cung Le, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Luke Goss, Mircea Monroe, Tamlyn Tomita, Candice Hillebrand, Marian Zapico, Gary Daniels, Lateef Crowder, Anton Kasabov

Jin (Jon Foo) a runner with a big fighting skill in the outside city of Anvil get discovered by Tekken the corporation who control the world they come after him and kill his mother Jun (Tamlyn Tomita). Setting out on revenge Jin goes to become the wild card entry in the iron fist competition against the Tekken elite fighters.

To earn the wild card entry Jin meets Steve Fox (Luke Goss) an ex fighter who is hustling crowds to find someone to fight Marshall Law (Cung Le). After becoming victorious Jin is now the people’s choice and Steve becomes his agent/trainer taking him to the iron fist tournament.

Heihachi Mishima (Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa) is the leader of Tekken with his son Kazuya (Ian Anthony Dale) the next in line and head of security. Jin’s goal is to take out the Tekken leader in revenge for his mothers death but first he has to beat the fighters.

  • Christie Monteiro (Kelly Overton)
  • Raven (Darrin Dewitt Henson)
  • Nina Williams (Candice Hillebrand)
  • Anna Williams (Marian Zapico)
  • Bryan Fury (Gary Daniels)
  • Eddy Gordo (Lateef Crowder)
  • Sergel Dragunov (Anton Kasabov)
  • Yoshimistu (Gary Ray Stearns)

 

Can Jin over come the odds and become the first wild card Iron Fist winner ?

This is based on the video game Tekken and from the few i have played i have only heard of a few of the fighters in the movies. I think most Tekken fans will be disappointed with the film as many characters and twist do not follow the games very well. One the other hand having mainly human fighters it will make more sense to an unknown to the series.

As a one of fighting movie this is not actually a bad movie with some well constructed fight scenes. The story is easy to follow seeing who the good and bad guys are but the twists are not as hidden as they could have been. All in all i think i would rate this movie well.

My rating 70%