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1993 (Russia) See more »
Sometimes, evil lurks where you least expect it.
A girl travels to an island, after the death of her father, to find out why the father funded a monestary on the island. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Louise Salter ... Elizabeth
Venera Simmons ... Sarah
Mariya Kapnist ... Mother Superior (as Maria Kapnist)
Lubov Snegur ... Mother Superior's Assistant
Alvina Skarga ... Old Blind Woman
Valeriy Bassel ... Fisherman
Pavel Sokolov ... Boat Owner
Anna Rose Phipps ... Theresa
Tanya Dobrovolskaya ... Elizabeth as a Child
Valeriy Kopaev ... Priest
Ludmila Marufova ... Nun
Kristina Spivak ... Sarah as a Child
Nadezhda Trimasova ... Crucified Nun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georgiy Drozd
Sergey Rugens
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Directed by
Mariano Baino 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mariano Baino  writer
Andy Bark  (as Andrew M. Bark)

Produced by
Paul Azov .... co-executive producer
Andy Bark .... associate producer (as Andrew M. Bark)
Nigel Dali .... associate producer
Svetlana Polyarush .... executive producer
Igor Trimasov .... executive producer
Victor Zuev .... producer
Original Music by
Igor Clark 
Cinematography by
Alex Howe 
Film Editing by
Mariano Baino 
Rick Littler 
Casting by
Ekaterina Kondrateva (Odessa)
Production Design by
Ivan Pulenko 
Set Decoration by
Nadezhda Lyubarskaya 
Tanya Tokareva 
Costume Design by
Antonina Petrova 
Makeup Department
Mariano Baino .... special makeup
Hayden Hewitt .... additional makeup
Lyudmila Kubalskaya .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ekatarina Kondrateva .... first assistant director
Natalya Yakovleva .... second assistant director
Art Department
Oleg Galkin .... set constructor
Sergei Konorezov .... painter (as Sergey Konorezov)
Aleksandr Kravchenko .... property master
N. Psheninchninkova .... propman
Lyudmila Romashko .... painter (as L. Romanshko)
Sergei Stasev .... construction manager: Crimea
V. Tunyk .... painter
Dimitri Yakunin .... painter
Sound Department
Clive Martin .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Richard Field .... special effects
David Mundin .... special effects
Tommy Mack Turvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Igor Baru .... key grip
Steve Brooke Smith .... additional camera operator (as Steven Brooke-Smith)
Steve Brooke Smith .... focus puller (as Steven Brooke-Smith)
Peter Field .... camera operator
Aleksei Glukhov .... assistant camera (as Alexey Glukhov)
Aleksandr Karpenyuk .... grip (as Alexander Karpenuk)
Yevgeni Kekh .... gaffer (as Eugeniy Kekh)
Peter Kononenko .... best boy
Valeriy Kozelov .... assistant camera
Mark Milsome .... camera operator
Sergei Novikov .... assistant camera (as Sergey Novikov)
Aleksandr Votinov .... assistant camera (as Alex Votinov)
Pavel Zinovchuk .... assistant camera (as Pavel Zinovchuck)
Casting Department
Marilyn Baino .... casting: London
Other crew
Rick Littler .... continuity
E. Timofeeva .... lead prop man

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Temnye vody" - Russia (original title)
"Dead Waters" - USA (video title)
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USA:94 min | USA:89 min (director's cut)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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UK:18 | USA:R | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating)
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Effectively atmospheric, an homage to earlier Italian-style horror, 30 July 2002
Author: hippiedj from Palm Desert, California

Ah, no wonder I had trouble finding this little gem -- when films are retitled depending on which company handles it, it's a wonder anyone will find them at all. I luckily stumbled across it as DEAD WATERS on a very no-frills DVD from York Entertainment. At that time I had wished that a company like Anchor Bay would have acquired this wonderful film and given it a decent treatment, I'm at least grateful that I found it at all even in this form. UPDATE: Thankfully due to the folks at No Shame Films, it's now available on DVD in widescreen and full of extras.

For those looking for fast and cheap thrills, they will be sorely disappointed by Dark Waters/Dead Waters. For those with a true sense of appreciation for something more akin to art, then this film is a dream come true. Rich in style and atmosphere it has the look and feel of an early 1970s Italian horror film, yet unlike many of those kind that offered style over substance, it has an eerie story to support the murky atmosphere that will draw you in.

After the death of her father, Elizabeth (Louise Salter) travels to a Crimean island to find out why her father had been sending funds to a "convent" of sorts. There she befriends one (who could easily be mistaken for Meg and Jennifer Tilly's lost sister) who guides her around and shows her secrets. This leads to a shocking discovery of her past and heritage. All this is conveyed in an amazingly sparse amount of dialogue, so it really shows this film's power and presence that it tells the story so minimally, letting the viewer absorb the visuals and sounds and letting those elements fill in the blanks.

The nuns are creepy, it's always raining and murky, and inside the catacombs of the main setting there's always water leaking and trickling. This effectively evokes a feeling of discomfort for the viewer. Even when the weather is clear there's a surreal atmosphere as best shown by the local shop and its shopkeeper, a strange man that seems to be feeding a corpse in a coffin to the birds piece by piece instead of the expected burial. I have a suspicion that the "townspeople" don't know he's doing this. I found that part of the story deliciously creepy and brilliant.

Some may find the "monster" climax to be somewhat low budget -- very minor, though (didn't the "being" have an Xtro quality to it?), but frankly that didn't bother me since the whole film was so wonderfully downright bizarre to begin with. There was so much more going on if you look past the flaws, you'd see that this is a real piece of art for those of us that sometimes like a bit of beauty and substance to absorb. This is classic Gothic horror and gives the brain a bit of a challenge as well. One film critic went so far as to say it was "an unholy hybrid of Bergman and Argento." Could be, to an extent. Nonetheless, Dark Waters is thoroughly absorbing visually as well as in its storytelling. Mariano Baino should be quite proud of this little known gem and I cherish it. Discovering this film is a satisfying experience indeed. By the way, Mr. Baino is a really great guy -- he read this review and contacted me about it. That shows some real class, and I'm glad to have made him happy about my support for this film!

According to the information on the DVD's cover, it won the Special Vincent Price Award at the Rome Fantafestival. I confess I'm not sure how prestigious that is, but I am happy that Dark Waters has gained appreciation and recognition!

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