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Beneath Still Waters (2005)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  26 May 2006 (Spain)
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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 overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
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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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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 »

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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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David: I hate them!
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Still waters run . . . . shallow sometimes too.
18 May 2008 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

More typically barmy brilliant fun from Brian Yuzna in this movie about a flooded town, the curse contained within it and the effect it starts to have on the poor, unsuspecting locals trying to get on with their lives and one particular celebratory day.

There's really too much nonsense and ridiculousness to detail here so let me skip the in-depth analysis and get straight to the important stuff for genre fans. The cast is a very mixed bag (including, bizarrely enough, a minor British soap star in the male "hero" role) and the acting is generally quite bad but, if you're male, this is outweighed by the highly attractive women on screen most of the time. I was especially taken with Charlotte Salt as Clara, the young woman at the centre of a lot of unwanted attention. Then we have the FX work, which is excellent most of the time (well . . . . the practical work is, not so much the computer effects), supplying plenty of inventive gore and eye-popping atrocities. There's also some good underwater photography and a finale that throws in a number of bizarre horrors and even more bizarre sexual fetishes.

All in all, I really enjoyed it. Fans of Yuzna's work should definitely check this mad movie out.

See this if you like: Brian Yuzna, H.P. Lovecraft, Dagon.


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