Dead Waters

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Elizabeth (Louise Salter) has been haunted by horrific visions of her childhood and seeks to silence them, in whichever fashion she can. Since her visions deal with her past, she decides to venture to a remote island, Crimean and there she hopes to unlock the secrets of these visions. This island is loaded with all sorts of wildlife, but the most dangerous team of beings isn’t what Elizabeth might expect. Elizabeth has chosen this island because her father funded a monastery on the site and since he passed on, she thinks it might be a perfect place to start looking for answers. Perhaps the nuns at the place have some information, or maybe someone near there could provide some insight into her past. In either case, she will be a little closer to her goal, which is to discover what is behind the visions. She soon encounters the religious center and expects to find peaceful nuns and such, but that is just not the case this time. These nuns don’t follow the normal traditions of the habit, instead seeking more violent and lethal antics. Can Elizabeth escape the wrath of these nuns and unlock the mysteries of her past?

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Dead Waters (also known as Dark Waters) and since I am always up for a new horror movie, I popped this one in as soon as it arrived. Mariano Baino served as this movie’s director, while the film was written by Baino and Andy Bark. This was the first and last movie effort by either, so how did it all turn out? The results are mixed, but I still think it warrants a look from anyone interested in the genre or film itself. This is a powerful film in terms of visuals and style, both of which can go a long way in the genre of horror movies. This turns out to be more impressive than most movies of this ilk, since the visuals are excellent and artistic edge is tremendous. The visuals and such add to the film’s atmosphere, which is eerie and highly effective. So, if you want a slick looking horror flick with some terrific atmosphere, this often overlooked movie would fill in that space very well. But Dead Waters has some problems too, such as a slow pace and some overly padded sequences. But in the end, the visuals & atmosphere win out and as such, I recommend this title as a rental to those interested.

Video: How does it look?

Dead Waters is presented in a full frame transfer. This seems to be an open matte version, but I am unsure of the specifics, so I could be wrong on that count. This is a below average transfer and makes this fairly young movie (1994) seem decades old, which is not too cool. There is a lot of grain and debris present in this transfer, as well as inconsistent contrast and that causes too much detail to be exposed. So the film’s dark visuals come off as too light here, which is not a good thing in the least. This is not how films should look and as such, I am giving this transfer a very low score.

Audio: How does it sound?

This movie has some good potential for atmospheric audio, but those chances are passed by with this mix. The elements are all presented, but this track just lacks the overall power it should wield. But as far as this basic effort goes, there’s no serious issues to contend with. The music comes off as a little dated, but no real problems with clarity in that respect. Sound effects are clean & distinct, while dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. It isn’t flashy or dynamic, but it gets the job done and that’s what counts.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc contains no bonus materials.

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