Movie Trailer Review: "The Black Waters of Echo's Pond"

3/26/2010 Posted by Admin

Movie Trailer Review

The Black Waters of Echo's Pond

By our guest blogger, Jeremy Wilkinson

As soon as the trailer for Black Waters of Echo's Pond starts, the viewer is shown that the film already has won a couple of awards and was an official selection at a film festival. This strikes one as odd considering what follows has all the ingredients every bad low-budget horror movie could have.

After showing the awards the film has won, a narrator tells the viewer that a game was buried hundreds of years ago. Sadly, the narrator's voice sounds like the voice comedians make when they make fun of horror movie trailers. And so, the tone of the film is undermined by a single sentence. There are two men in the flashback. The first one asks where the game is. The second one replies that it's hidden where no one can find it and then he shoots himself. We shift to the present where nine attractive college students enter an old Victorian home, probably on vacation. They are able to find the game, despite what the man in the flashback said. The trailer does not show how or where they find it, so we can't really tell if the hiding spot was a silly one or not.

The narrator drones on about how playing the game reveals the players' darkest secrets. One girl then looks into what looks like a little black pond on the game board. She sees a vision of two girls kissing, but you can't tell exactly if one of them is her. Without any context, this doesn't seem like much of a dark secret unless the other girl was dating someone else or the other group members are homophobic. It only serves as an inept attempt at titillation. The rest of the trailers show the group playing the evil twin of Jumanji, where people turn into demons (or something) and others run around. Oh, and Robert Patrick shows up at one point.

Given that it has won awards, it's astounding how mediocre the trailer looks. The basic concept is not altogether terrible, but everything that is shown just isn't that interesting. While the movie could end up being award worthy, the trailer fails to show that.

View the trailer for "The Black Waters of Echo's Pond" below. What are your thoughts?

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