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Dark Echoes
1977 | Horror

The zombie ghost of a sunken boat captain haunts an Austrian lake in search of vengeance against those who caused the accident.

This movie is also known as Deep Echo.
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Dark Echoes is a horror movie that was released in the year 1977. It was written and directed by George Robotham. The main cast members featured in the movie include Karin Dor, Joel Fabiani, Wolfgang Brook, John Robotham and Norman Marshall.

The following tags are associated with this movie: supernatural

Dark Echoes review
by Michael Mahoney
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This obscure Yugoslavian-USA joint production (filmed partly in Austria) is, in many ways, partially a precursor to The Fog.

In a small lakeside village in Austria, individuals are being killed in mysterious ways. Though the townsfolk themselves are naturally superstitious, the evidence begins to point to the spirit of a captain blamed for a shipwreck causing the deaths of eighty people 100 years ago, those being killed in the present descendants of those who blamed Captain Gohr. It's a fun plot, and while it doesn't have the atmosphere of The Fog, one can see how such comparisons can be made.

This movie boasts a decent cast, those standing out including Joel Fabiani (playing the main character), Karin Dor (who looked a lot like a young Allison Janney), and Wolfgang Brook (this is, in fact, his only movie). Fabiani played his character, a care-free, martini-drinking psychic, beautifully, and had some good lines throughout. Wolfgang Brook, despite this being his only film (at least according to IMDb) did well as an Inspector in a bad situation, getting worse by the day.

While the gore wasn't the standout feature of this film (for the first hour and ten minutes, thereabouts, it had a television movie feel to it), there was a good stabbing about an hour and ten minutes in, along with a surprisingly violent scene in which a woman got the top of her skull chopped off, blood spewing and her brain falling out onto a table. Special effects in those scenes were done well, and the spirit/zombie of Gohr looked pretty good also.

The movie did lose a bit of steam, ironically enough, toward the end, and the final twenty minutes were a bit more unsteady than I'd have preferred, but overall, I thought the movie did well for itself. It's certainly a slower flick, and it wouldn't appeal to everyone, but the cast and the story did the movie justice. Quick note: some claim that the movie's from 1986 (as does the copyright state at the end of the film), but it felt more like a 70's movie to me, and as IMDb lists it as 1977, that year it will stay. Solid movie, and while not amazing, a good flick to watch on a rainy day.
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