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The Pool (2002)

Kristen Miller , Elena Uhlig , Boris von Sychowski  |  R |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kristen Miller, Elena Uhlig, Paul Grasshoff, John Hopkins, Isla Fisher
  • Directors: Boris von Sychowski
  • Writers: Boris von Sychowski, Lorenz Stassen, Ryan Carrassi
  • Producers: Benjamin Herrmann, Hanno Huth, Vaclav Eisenhamer, Werner Possardt
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FD94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,994 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pool" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Photo gallery
  • Behind-the-scenes interviews

Editorial Reviews

A mixed bag of attractive and empty-headed international students spend their final day of school at a large and ornate indoor pool in Prague. As they while away the evening with alcohol, dancing, and casual sex, a masked killer whittles down their number in a variety of gruesome ways. While imitation is still the sincerest form of flattery, it's likely that Messrs. Carpenter and Cunningham et al. would find this European-made slasher film more insult than homage. Director and cowriter Boris von Sychowski's debut attempts to ape Wes Craven's Scream, but his risible dialogue and inept, crazy-quilt cast only succeed in presenting a more aggravating version of that film's self-conscious tone. It's numbingly derivative and lowbrow from start to finish, and only the most non-discerning gorehounds will find anything here worth their 89 minutes. For the truly commitment-free, Artisan's DVD presentation includes some behind-the-scenes interviews. --Paul Gaita

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Typical Terror Tripe April 14, 2003
This movie is all too typical of the slasher film, and evidence that film makers in Germany/Czechoslovakia have no more creativity than our own American ilk. With copious accents, Heineken advertisements and the typical "coming of age meets coming of death" plot, plodding through THE POOL is an exercise in pleading.
The movie starts with your typical SCREAM beginning: girl chats on phone whilst making dinner, gets a spooky call, runs outside, finds her boyfriend dead, and then dies herself. To make matters worse, the killer looks like a reject from Saturday Night Live's "Sprockets" ("now is the time on Sprockets WHERE WE KILL!"). Cue the Dawson's Creek / Felicity soft rock, and we're going down hill within the first five minutes. From there, we follow our cast as they stage an illegal party at the local pool resort.
There are some relatively decent aspects as the movie is expertly filmed with good scenery (it is Europe after all) and some slight twists on expectations: instead of the opening fodder grabbing a knife, she attempts a shotgun, instead of one car playing [bad] music, an envoy of student vehicles engage in synchronizing [awfulness], and instead of using CDs, these supposed "rich kids" use cassettes.
Deaths are nothing too inventive, but two in particular "succeed" visually: the death of the poor girl, Kim (Isla Fisher), is held a bit longer than you'd expect, and the vent killing of Martin (Jason Liggett) is decently conveyed by blood running down his hands as its clenched by a helpful Sarah. The most inventive scene is spoiled before the movie even starts - "knife to water sliding female crotch" is the DVD's flipping menu intro, for God's sake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... Scenes But Oh So Annoying October 21, 2002
By A Customer
The characters in this movie are just so annoying and many of them are terribly dubbed. TERRIBLY!! This is like a MENTOS commercial that turns into a slasher movie. The majority of the performers are obviously european and trying to act very American even with their silly dubbed voices. The effort to seem like randy college students is probably the most overdone and surreal try ever to grace any film. It is just ATROCIOUS!! The women are mean, the men are stupidly oversexed and they bop their heads up and down to rock music while drinking and driving and the like. Not that college students don't act that way but in this film it really comes off and more or less like some of the character Lulu's antics in John Waters' POLYESTER. Like getting overexcited to the point of absurdity by the mere thought of liquor or.... This movie wins the prize for leaving the viewer with absolutely no empathy for any of the characters until they start to get killed. If I knew any of these people, I would hate them and be very glad that they had passed on, to put it mildly.
Somewhere along the way the characters become much less annoying and the way they are dispatched is definately some of the more original teen slasher deaths in memory. It does make too much use of the cutaway, meaning you get the idea but you don't usually get to see any actual body penetration.
The killer looks like a cross between the SCREAM ghost mask and the PUNISHER character from MARVEL comics.
This movie is actually fun but you have to wait a good 50 minutes before you actually begin to just give up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All teenagers out of the pool! October 9, 2002
I love slasher films and will forever love slasher films, but there are some that you want to remember a little more than others. My case in point "sleepaway camp " classic and gets better more times you watch it but "the pool" on the other hand of which this is true not the worst of the slasher genre but far from the best in the crop of so many horror titles having a mask wearing pyscho.The acting not all that bad but the plot drags so much you find yourself wanting to fast forward to when the good stuff starts.This feels like any movie you have seen a 100 times before it's way to predictable and the character development is terrible even for a slasher film .It does have one memorable killing on the covered water slide but other then that not much going on here that has not been done to death and fails miserably!If this would have taken place at a public pool not even the lifeguard would have wanted to save this dud of a slasher!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Friday The 13th In A Rec Centre February 19, 2006
This is the typical B grade slasher pic that rips off Friday The 13th. It's basicly putting Jason Voorhees (A guy in a mask with a machette knife) into a situation where he can slaughter a bunch of college grads who have broken into a rec centre for the graduation party.

The acting is mostly terrible, the scares are stupid, the horror is not there, and the chill factor is in the minus 10 area. About the only kill in the movie that was any good was one of the kids coming down a water slide...but it didnt show anything memorable for the effect to work to its maximum potentiol.

Ya might wanna rent it to laugh at how bad it is, but otherwise, dont bother with it, you're not missing anything special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel March 12, 2004
By A Customer
Within the first 10 minutes the main characters reveal themselves as being so obnoxious that you find yourself thinking the only enjoyment you will get in this flick is that of watching them meet their fate. The horror component of this movie is so watered down and politically correct that it will only appeal to 12 y.o. viewers (people who can not legally watch it due to its rating). I must confess that I enjoy a good B-grade horror movie, but this just does not deliver on any level. This one leaves me wishing for the horror movies of the 70s, where they took risks and were prepared to show something. In this case you sit through a teen soap opera and see very little by way of credible horror. OK, so I did watch the movie all the way through, but overall this is one of the worst horror flicks of recent times. Simply unredeemable and never worth watching again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie!
Good movie! I was told that it was a B rated movie, if that is true it didn't change my opinion=) Thanks Amazon, couldn't find it anywhere else=)
Published 5 months ago by Annette Willis- Randle
3.0 out of 5 stars slasher

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Published 15 months ago by Michael de Livera
1.0 out of 5 stars very unsatisfied customer
This video was so scratched it wouldnt even play in my dvd players I tried all 4 of them. I buy used videos all ther time and was very unhappy with the condition of this dvd. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ma-2
3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad slasher movie.
Just your typical slasher movie lots a good kills, not a bad story, acting was okay, lots of fun for a low budget movie. But i would recommend this to slasher movie fans. Read more
Published on February 28, 2010 by bigmanpac
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold Your Breath!
Description: "School's out, exams are over, and it's time for real life to begin. But before 13 friends from the International High School in Prague disappear to the four corners... Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by Mimi
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenful and clever!
I watched this movie at a sleepover and it's so scary! It's very good and I really recomend it to anyone who wants to watch a scary (and bloody) movie. Read more
Published on May 13, 2006
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, Tense Stalker-Killer Horror
A not particularly original but still solid entry in the 'lurk, chase, and kill' section of horror, "The Pool" covers familiar territory but does it well. Read more
Published on January 5, 2006 by Stephen B. O'Blenis
4.0 out of 5 stars the pool is cool.
it lacks originality and has a weak plot but its still good. tones of blood and gore. and a cool ass pool. better than other cheap slasher movies. worth watching.
Published on July 8, 2004 by "ericswrongturn"
3.0 out of 5 stars Average attempt at Eurohorror
Perhaps no better way exists to compare the gradual dominance of Hollywood over all foreign film markets than to look at the horror genre. Read more
Published on June 8, 2004 by Jeffrey Leach
1.0 out of 5 stars Outrageously mean!
Man,this movie is bad. This is not even a guilty pleasure, a horror flick that can make you laugh due to extremely bad production. No, none of that. Read more
Published on April 19, 2004 by M. Fonseca
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