Playing board games can be hazardous to your health – especially when they’re 80 years old!  We’re checking out the new to Blu-ray horror outing "The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond," out now from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.



   Title: "The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond"

   Grade: 2

   Cast: Danielle Harris, Robert Patrick, James Duval

   Director: Gabriel Bologna

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 93 minutes

   Release Company: Anchor Bay Home Entertainment



The Flick: "The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond" starts decent enough, with an ancient deadly board game being found by archeologists and then years later a gang of friends playing it at a remote cabin.  Starts intriguing, but soon unravels into a typical gamey who’s gonna be the last person standing slasher flick.  And it’s a shame because the rather eerie looking game, it’s odd pieces, strange surface and even thoughtful card suggestions could have been a stepping stone to a real horror treat.  Instead we get Robert Patrick in nutburger mode, Danielle Harris wasted and the Avellan sisters doing the sassy jealous girlfriend thing.  Shame.       

Best Feature: Only one, but at least it’s an 'Alternate Opening' that adds some new blood and gore into the mix.

Best Hidden Gem: There’s a short but still tasty bit with "Three O’Clock High" bully Richard Tyson as a man driven to possess the board – give us more Richard!

Worth the Moola: Nothing worse then a flick with a great set-up that falls flat – in this game everyone loses.