O.H.M.A.D. Day 6: Dark Waters (1994)

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Dark Waters aka Dead Waters is the gothic horror tale of a young woman seeking answers for her mother’s death in a remote convent.  Elizabeth is our heroine, who travels to this island convent after her father’s death twenty years earlier.  Despite having lived there until her seventh birthday, Elizabeth draws a blank on remembering her mother or this place.  Odd tidings are afoot, and Elizabeth starts to find out what exactly happened.

This is a very weird movie and I had trouble getting into it.  It has a bit of a cult reputation due to it’s Lovecraftian roots.  Dark Waters is very loosely based on Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and it’s shot in the Ukraine.  The changes to the story, plus the location give it an odd feel (given it’s an English production), and add to the atmosphere (which is the best part about the film).  It’s aloof pacing kept me from being truly engaged with it, but the visuals are well done and fans of Italian supernatural horror like The Church will enjoy this one.  Near the end, the pace picks up and we’re giving some decent gore effects as well as a glimpse at what resides beneath the monastery.  If you have the patience for it, Dark Waters is worth wading into.

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