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Release Date:
4 October 2001 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
Evil has surfaced.
Plot:
School's out, exams are over, and it's time for real life to begin. But before 12 friends from the International... See more » | Add synopsis »
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One of the best entries available See more (57 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Kristen Miller ... Sarah
Elena Uhlig ... Carmen
Paul Grasshoff ... Greg (as Thorsten Grasshoff)

John Hopkins ... Frank

Isla Fisher ... Kim

Jason Liggett ... Martin

Jonah Lotan ... Chris

Cordelia Bugeja ... Mel

James McAvoy ... Mike
Linda Rybová ... Svenja
Bryan Carney ... Carter
Maximilian Grill ... Diego
Anna Geislerová ... Catherine
Jan Vlasák ... Kadankov
Daniel Wurm ... Tommy
Marek Libert ... Kadankov's assistant
Karel Belohradský ... Security guard
Josef Pejchal ... Oliver (as Josef Pejchl)

Directed by
Boris von Sychowski 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ryan Carrassi  adaptation dialogue
Lorenz Stassen 
Boris von Sychowski 

Produced by
Vaclav Eisenhamer .... line producer
Benjamin Herrmann .... producer
Hanno Huth .... executive producer
Werner Possardt .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johannes Kobilke 
 
Cinematography by
Notker Mahr 
 
Film Editing by
Sabine Mahr-Haigis 
 
Production Design by
Gerald Damovsky 
 
Art Direction by
Martin Vackár 
 
Set Decoration by
Lukas Lehoucka 
Michal Svoboda 
 
Costume Design by
Marion Boegel 
 
Makeup Department
Linda Eisenhamerova .... assistant hair stylist
Linda Eisenhamerova .... assistant makeup artist
Václav Frank .... assistant hair stylist
Václav Frank .... assistant makeup artist
Ivo Strangmüller .... key hair stylist
Ivo Strangmüller .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jiri Husak .... unit manager
Herbert Linkesch .... post-production supervisor
Herbert Linkesch .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Gironi .... second assistant director
Eva Kadankova .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jan Kodera .... leadman
Dita Lampová .... assistant art director
Jiri Macke .... property master
 
Sound Department
Hubert Bartholomae .... sound re-recording mixer
Hubert Bartholomae .... supervising sound editor
Petr Forejt .... production sound mixer
Andreas Musolff .... sound effects editor
Margit Pfeiffer .... dialogue editor
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist
Roman Rigo .... boom operator
Philipp Sellier .... foley editor
Norbert Zich .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
 
Special Effects by
Jim Healy .... special effects supervisor
Gabriela Horská .... special effects coordinator
Martin Kubricht .... special effects
Roman Tudzaroff .... special effects technician
Jirí Vojtech .... special effects crew
 
Visual Effects by
Lutz Lemke .... 2D artist
Marian Mavrovic .... 2D artist
Angela Reedwisch .... visual effects producer
Steven Stueart .... digital film scanning
Michael Tischner .... 2D artist
 
Stunts
Pavel Cajzl .... stunt double
Jindrich Klaus .... stunts
Ladislav Lahoda .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Arnautov .... gaffer
Stefan Biebl .... Steadicam operator (as Stefan Bibel)
Jindrich Cipera .... first assistant camera
Ladislav Duben .... first assistant camera
Alexander Fischerkoesen .... underwater camera operator
Jirí Hanzl .... still photographer
Lucie Havlikova .... clapper loader
Ladislav Hruby .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Borivoj Klecka .... best boy gaffer
Jan Rehanzl .... grip
Ervin Sanders .... camera operator: "b" camera
Stefan Stefanov .... key grip
Jens Winkler .... assistant underwater camera
 
Casting Department
Maja Bockhoff .... casting: Germany
Urvashi Chugani .... casting assistant
Eva Kadankova .... casting: Czech Republic
Danielle Roffe .... casting: UK
Laurie Shapiro .... casting: USA
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Matthias Adamek .... costume designer: killer costume
 
Editorial Department
Christa Garmeier .... negative cutter
Ingrid Lingenberg .... color timer
Sárka Nemcová .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Johannes Kobilke .... orchestrator
Andy Ludyk .... music coordinator
Bernd Ruf .... conductor
Bernd Ruf .... orchestra contractor
Tabea Schilling .... orchestra contractor
Johannes Wohlleben .... score engineer
Johannes Wohlleben .... score mixer
 
Transportation Department
Miroslav Caslavka .... driver: props truck
Jiri Husak .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Pavel Backovsky .... production accountant: Czech Republic
Ivanka Fialova .... payroll accountant (as Ivana Fialová)
Jan Hadrbolec .... location manager
Michael Hurst .... script polishing (as Mike Hurst)
Susanne Kaiser .... production coordinator
Katerina Lahodova .... production assistant
Norbert Maass .... sales manager: Senator Film
David Mamula .... video playback engineer
Pavla Marková .... script supervisor
Vera Matousova .... production coordinator: Czech Republic
Sylke Nitz .... post-production accountant
Sylke Nitz .... production accountant
Jürgen Schepers .... unit publicist
Stephanie Thon .... title designer
Claudia Walter .... production accountant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Swimming Pool - Der Tod feiert mit" - Germany (original title)
"Water Demon" - Philippines (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence/gore, language, substance abuse and brief sexuality/nudity
Runtime:
89 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the scene where Mel waits for Martin in the gym, the words "Have a Nice Day" can be seen etched on the killer's machete.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Martin is in the ventilation ducts and is trying to slide past the machete. It is along his leg several inches above the bottom of his shorts when the machete is pulled back slicing his leg. However, in the closeup it cuts just above the knee on bare skin, but in the wider shot the machete is still up on his shorts.See more »
Quotes:
Greg:I'm sorry, Sarah. I didn't know your father was still an issue. You don't talk about it anymore.
Sarah:So I should cry about it everyday, that way you can remember?
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Movie Connections:
References Scream (1996)See more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
One of the best entries available, 28 August 2007
Author: slayrrr666 (slayrrr666@yahoo.com) from Los Angeles, Ca

"The Pool" is a really top-notch slasher without that many flaws.

**SPOILERS**

Getting off of school, students Sarah, (Kristen Miller) Carmen, (Elena Uhlig) Greg, (Thorsten Grasshoff) Frank, (John Hopkins) Kim, (Isla Fischer) Mike, (James McAvoy) and Mel, (Cordelia Bugeja) decide to throw a party to celebrate the end of exams. Arriving at the secret location with Martin, (Jason Liggett) and Diego, (Maximilian Grill) at what appears to be a huge mansion, they proceed to party and have a general good time and rekindle old romances. After finding several of them dead, they soon realize that a psychotic killer is among them and is one of them. Desperate to get out, they soon start to find more ways of trying to get out only to have the killer shut them off before they can escape. With their numbers dwindling and no one to trust, the remaining members of the group make one last grasp to escape.

The Good News: This is one of the better slashers around. The fact this one manages to keep it entertaining while still being incredibly cliché. This one here puts together practically a repeat of just about every cliché and plot-theme possible, yet they're not a detriment to this one. The way it manages to keep the entertainment factor going. The fact that it also manages to include a lot of the traditional motives in here is quite nice. This one works the stalking scenes in some of the best scenes in the genre. The opening sequence with the shadowy house during the raging thunderstorm produces some chilling moments, especially before the killer actually arrives, which is a new thing on it's own, and once it gets to the pool house itself, there's just non-stop classic stalking scenes. From the first pool attack to the bathroom stalls and the big one through the restaurant, these chases only get better as it goes on. Even the biggest moments in the air-duct scene, which is one of the best in the film, contains a lot of the greatest tricks to get the suspense going. There's plenty of sudden machete stabs through the metal sheeting, a lot of silence to prepare for the next assault, and some of the best desperation moments in the style. They're suspenseful, inventive and quite creepy, all of which are necessary for good slashers. Another factor to good slashers is a great series of kills, which this one has in spades. There's a large amount of stabbing in the stomach, a slash across the chest, a leg cut off above the knee, a slit throat, stabbing over the neck and chest with a busted beer bottle and being set on fire, to name just a few. However, none of these are even come close to it's one simply incredible kill that has to rank as one of the single best kills no matter what the genre, and is the single best reason to see this film. There's no way to ruin this one, other than it involves a water slide, a machete and an open end into the pool. It's easy to figure out, but it's still a simply awesome moment that is just pure fun and quite exhilarating. The fast, near-perfect pace here is another great factor, as this one keeps moving forward onto something else before it can get bogged down in pointless subplots, which is a great plus as it stays lean and without distractions. The location at the pool, which is house itself, is one of the single best locations ever, with it's dark and twisting hallways, luminous view from the reflecting water and tons of places within to lay traps or hide. The final confrontation as well is quite exhilarating, with it's action-packed setting, fighting and different methods of attack that preface a ton of battling. It ends the movie on the perfect high. These elements all make it incredibly fun and watchable.

The Bad News: There isn't a whole lot of flaws in this one. The film's biggest flaw is that there's simply not a lot of variety in the kills. Practically every single one, minus a few, is a variation with a machete, and there's no real creative modes used. There's some nice set-ups, but while others have become known for their creativity in regards to kills, this one's sameness is something that hinders it. The only other flaw is that there's way too many survivors for this kind of film. This one's nearly a dozen survivors are quite surprising, and this can lead away from the body count. These, though, are the only things wrong with this one.

The Final Verdict: While not a completely great film, as a slasher this one is a lot of fun. Highly recommended to all slasher fans or those looking for some nonthreatening fun, while the only ones who won't like it at all will be those against the genre as a whole.

Rated R: Graphic Language, Graphic Violence and Brief Nudity

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