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The Pool

2.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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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

Special Features

  • Photo gallery
  • Behind-the-scenes interviews

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:
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FD94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,667 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pool" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
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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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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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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This movie has the most clichés of any horror film I have seen, but here are some thoughts to consider:
1. The pool setting, Prague, and cinematography are all great! Even the acting is good. You can sit there and play identify the accent since it is difficult enough to tell the actors apart having no variety in outfits, hair color, or race to help us out.
2. They don't get killed unaware of what is going on, there is a struggle for survival that makes it all fun and exciting to watch.
3. You can spot the incongrueties with reality and ponder such questions as "Are there no umrella in the Czech Republic?", "How can he not climb into a vent 6 feet of the ground?", and so many more.
4. Some great death scenes worth seeing involving air vents, water slides, and bathroom stalls. Many tributes to classics such as Scream, Aliens, the Poseidon Adventure, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and so on. And it is not predictable, I challenge anyone to identify who will die in the movie before hand (and not 2 minutes before they bite it).
If they had someone rework the script for the clichés and incongrueties, this could have been a classic. Knowing what you are getting into before hand, this is still worth watching as an exciting slasher (they know they are trapped and in danger, unlike many slashers where only the lead ever figures it out and the rest get killed walking aimlessly around the house) or a game with friends in the evening as you explain why each scene makes no sense (it is not always blatant or easily spotted).
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