"Cheesy, Gory Demonic Victory"
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THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO’S POND is a cheesy, B horror movie about a demonic, occult game that unleashes people’s sinful nature. The movie opens with a confusing prologue in the 1920s where an archeological team re-creates a game they found in a temple dedicated to the Greek god Pan and murder one another. Cut to present day. A group of young adults visit the island where the original murders took place. They find the demonic game and start to play. As they play, their lusts, jealousies and resentments surface. They begin to kill one another off when they become possessed by the demonic forces controlling the game.
Despite the story’s possible biblical implications, the movie’s ending of demonic victory offers viewers no hope in God, Jesus Christ or objective moral standards. The movie is filled with strong foul language and cheesy, very gory ultra-violence. There are also titillating scenes of sex and nudity. The movie’s objectionable elements are not the worst we’ve ever seen, but they’re pretty abhorrent. The filmmakers top off their depravity with a cheesy final twist indicating that the demon behind the occult game has won.
(OOO, PaPaPa, HoHoHo, B, AbAbAb, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MMM) Very strong occult, pagan worldview where demonic forces orchestrated by a scary looking demon are victorious over people, possessing them and leading to brutal murder, plus very strong lesbian references and movie’s biblical and moral implications are undeveloped, hopelessness prevails, and forgiveness is denied, so movie eventually rejects these redemptive possibilities; at least 116 obscenities (including one in heavy metal rock song over end credits), 10 strong profanities, and none light profanities; extreme, often gory violence includes man shot in head, implied suicide as man puts gun to mouth and gunshot is heard, chainsaw massacres, people bleed from mouth and eyes when they are possessed by demonic forces, scary-looking demon wanders through house from time to time but only seems to be influencing things and not taking any real direct physical action, decapitated head, stabbings, people fall to their deaths, woman’s fingers cut off, gruesome mutilation scenes, etc.; strong sexual content and immorality includes depicted lesbian kissing, man imagines married young guy passionately kissing his fiancé, implied lesbian sex, implied fornication, cheating is discussed, and woman encourages another woman to touch her enhanced breasts; shots of upper female nudity, and some upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking of marijuana depicted two or three times; and, demonic forces unleash jealousy, resentment and lust, which are ultimately victorious, and forgiveness is denied and lying.
THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO’S POND is a cheesy, B horror movie about a demonic, occult game that unleashes people’s sinful nature. Despite the story’s possible biblical implications, the movie’s ending of demonic victory offers viewers no hope in God, Jesus Christ or objective moral standards.
The movie opens in the 1920s when an archeological team in Turkey uncovers a Temple to Pan, the Greek god of fields, groves and wooded glens. In the temple, the team uncovers instructions for some kind of game and a map to “Pandemonium,” the realm where Pan and creatures like him roam free and where fantasies and nightmares are indulged. (For those who remember their high school and college literature courses, Milton in PARADISE LOST calls Pandæmonium the capital city of Hell.)
Apparently (this is not clear in the movie), the archeological team re-creates the game back on an island in Maine, surrounded by a lake called Echo’s Pond (in Greek myth, Echo was a nymph who Pan ordered to be killed). The result is that all the people kill one another, with the last man alive killing himself.
Cut to present day. A group of young adults gather on the island, which is now owned or run by a crusty caretaker with a shotgun. They find the Pandemonium game that the archeology team must have re-created. They begin to play the game. As they play, their lusts, jealousies, anger, and resentments are aroused. This leads to much gruesome mayhem, which is apparently orchestrated by a demon who appears from time to time.
This B horror movie starts off rather cheesy. The style of the movie and the acting improve a bit when the demonic game starts unleashing the young people’s lusts, jealousies and resentments. Once the gruesome violence starts, however, the movie returns to its cheesy horror movie roots. The final twist at the very end may be the silliest, cheesiest, most disappointing part of all.
The movie’s cheesy ultra-violence, constant foul language, scenes of sensual titillation and nudity, and victorious demonic ending are abhorrent.