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Beneath Still Waters (2005)

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In 1965, in Northern Spain, a dam will be built to bring progress to the location of Desbaria and the town of Marienbad is near to be completely flooded. Two boys, Teo and Luis, cross the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael McKell ...
Dan Quarry
Raquel Meroño ...
Teresa Borgia
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Clara Borgia
Patrick Gordon ...
Mordecai Salas
Manuel Manquiña ...
Luis
Pilar Soto ...
Susana
Diana Peñalver ...
Mrs. Martín
Ricard Borràs ...
Mayor Luca
Damià Plensa ...
Antonio
David Meca ...
Diver Sargent Eduardo
Carlos Castañón ...
Police Captain Keller
Josep Maria Pou ...
Julio Gambine
Omar Muñoz ...
Luis - 10 Years Old
Santiago Pasaglia ...
Teo (as Santiago Passaglia)
Eva Pont ...
Cult Member
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In 1965, in Northern Spain, a dam will be built to bring progress to the location of Desbaria and the town of Marienbad is near to be completely flooded. Two boys, Teo and Luis, cross the security boundary to play in the evacuated town and Teo listen to voices in the abandoned church. They find a group of strange people chained in the watered basement, Teo releases their leader Mordecai Salas and is killed by him. Forty years later, in the celebration of the fortieth anniversary of Debaria Dam, the teenager Antonio vanishes in the lake while swimming with his girlfriend Susana and their friend Clara Borgia. The police divers, with the support of the outsider cameraman journalist Dan Quarry that is filming the submerged Marienbad to write a matter about the town, try unsuccessfully to find the body. When eerie things happen in the spot, Dan and the local journalist and daughter of the builder of the dam Teresa Borgia disclose dark secrets about Marienbad, Salas and his evil cult of the... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, sexual content, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Bajo aguas tranquilas  »

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Trivia

In the city of Marienbad before it floods, the boys throw rocks at a poster for "El Rostro de la Bestia," which has credits for Paul Naschy and Brian Yuzna. There is no such movie, but Yuzna did direct Naschy in 'Rottweiler (2004)'. See more »

Goofs

One of the creatures trapped in the sunken city has its hand melted onto its face. In some shots it's the right hand, in others it's the left. See more »

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[last lines]
David: I hate them!
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References Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) See more »

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El Payaso
Written by Alfonso García, Valerio Beneras and Daniel Pelayo
Performed by El Retrato and Dirty Princess
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How could this go so wrong?
15 October 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As a longtime Yuzna fan, I was absolutely delighted when I heard of this project. I happened upon the novel on which this film is based many years ago, and it's always stuck with me - there are some genuinely creepy ideas (and moments) in there. Great director, good source material... what could possibly go wrong?

A great many things, apparently.

The acting and dialogue are stilted, the atmosphere (which should just create itself, given the setting) simply isn't there, and the dreadful scene-chewing performance of Patrick Gordon as the villain of the piece deflates any sense of dread one may have had. Even the one decent monster effect is wasted in a brief and poorly-sequenced shot. As much as it pains me to say, Mr. Yuzna seems to have hit a bit of a slump. Do yourself a favour - skip this one and watch "Beyond Re-Animator" instead.


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