Ugh. Terrible title. Or, great title, but for a different movie. BLACK WATERS is taken, or close enough to it, but they could have gone with just ECHO’S POND. THE GAME would have been better, but that on was taken, too. The best title for this one would have been PANDEMONIUM, but I think that one’s been taken as well. Not that it matters, and not that they asked my opinion. But they should have.
So, the set-up. A group of twentysomethings go to a cabin in the woods. In this case, a cabin in the woods on an island. And there’s a harbinger, and one of the kids finds something (in this case a cursed board game instead of a cursed book) and unleashes evil. There’s even a chainsaw featured prominently. Once you get past the absurdly familiar scenario, though, the done-a-thousand-times-before premise, this one’s actually a lot of fun. The acting isn’t bad, and they do a good job of making the characters more than just cardboard caricatures each waiting his or her turn to get gutted. Oh, and there *is* a Goatman monster in there, too, but you only get to see him/it in glimpses. Give this one a go.