Blu-ray Review “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond”

blackwaters-bluActors: Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris, Electra Avellan
Directors: Gabriel Bologna
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: ANCHOR BAY
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Run Time: 93 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Finally!! If you are a horror fan than you will know what I am talking about here. I saw “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond” during its all too brief run in theaters back in early 2010. So for the last nearly four years, all us horror fans have been anxiously waiting for a DVD…Blu-ray…any type of home media release for this film. Luckily Anchor Bay finally stood up and hooked us up. The film is jam-packed with a great genre cast including Danielle Harris (“Halloween”), James Duval (“Donnie Darko”), Nick Menell (“Friday the 13th”), Electra & Elise Avellan from (“Machete) and Robert Patrick “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”). Flawed but still a ton of fun and worth checking out for all those horror fans who missed it in theaters. Worth the wait!

Official Premise: During a Turkish archaeological dig early last century, an ancient board game said to have entertained demons was unearthed. Now nearly 90 years later, a group of vacationing friends — including a cynic, a rich jerk, a slutty starlet, a jock and prudish twin sisters — discover the game hidden in an old house on a remote Maine island. And with a roll of the dice, their darkest secrets will unleash all the greed, jealousy and lusts of Hell itself.

Anchor Bay delivered “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond” with a fine Blu-ray release. The 1080p transfer looks very sharp on the low-budget horror flick. The film is quite dark and yet it still looks great. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track works great with the film’s suspense, especially with Harry Manfredini’s amazing score! He is a legend in terms of horror scores and he really delivers a great score here! In terms of special features, I have to admit that I am a bit let down. I was hoping for a jam-packed release with special features but instead we only get an Alternate Opening, which is cool but not what I was expecting. A commentary track would have been cool as well, especially with this cast. I guess it all comes down to the fact that at least the film is finally released for fans to see that is more important.



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