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A pack of teenagers run for their lives through the swamps of Louisiana, as they are chased by Mr. Jangles, a man possessed by 13 evil souls who is relentless in his pursuit of new victims.



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SPOILER: Eric and his Yankee teenage mates travel South by motorbike to a swampy backwater town in Louisiana, where Sean's father Ray lived, the local tow truck driver, who abandoned the then baby-boy and his mother. Ray recently died, while trying to rescue a voodoo witch and at her urging her trunk, which got opened and released the poisonous serpents possessed by the souls of truly evil sinners she trapped in them. Ray was bitten and possessed as the car sunk, and shortly after it's dragged out rises as an 'undead' zombie, who murders without provocation and is immune to lethal weapons. He soon finds the teens' trace and proves his indiscriminately evil blood-thirst by charging his only offspring equally lethally. However they were warned by Eden's friend Cece, the witch's granddaughter, who explained the situation in her home and assures them when the zombie attacks it's safe thanks to a 'blessed' spell preventing evil from entering; alas the chain- and crowbar-waving undead finds... Written by KGF Vissers

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He Never Hurt A Soul Until The Day He Died.



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Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Backwater  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$519,489 (USA) (16 September 2005)


$881,745 (USA) (14 October 2005)

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Originally entitled "Backwater". See more »


When Sean is pulled through the window with the chain by Ray Sawyer, the whole window behind him shatters. However, a few moments later inside the house - the window has somehow repaired itself. See more »


Cece: [Grabs the Baka from around her grandma's neck] Sheriff! Was there a suitcase?
Sheriff: I'm sorry, child?
Cece: In the car, was there a suitcase in the car?
Sheriff: Yeah, there was. We pulled it out, it was empty though.
Cece: Oh, my god. Oh, my god.
Eden Sinclair: Cece, are you ok?
Cece: What happened?
Eden Sinclair: It was an accident.
Cece: No, what happened to Ray? They said that Ray was in the car.
Eric: The car went in the water. He drowned.
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Nothing Comes Easy
Written and Performed by Paul Trudeau
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Music
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A great Surprise

When I read about this movie, I was expecting another low-budget, straight-to-DVD shaky-camera movie with corny music, lame actors, and a very predictable, repetitive plot. Of course, everyone knows, there's about a 1 in 100 chance that straight-to-DVD horror movies will be DECENT. But that 1 in 100 is a pleasant surprise. And this movie is a perfect example.

The movie basically centers around these two teenagers who witness the 'drowning' of the local rednecked trucker. He gets in an accident with the grandmother of one of their friends, who is a voodoo priestess. He opens her 'suitcase' and gets a nasty surprise, before her car falls off the bridge they crashed on into the water. Soon his body disappears, and so-on so-on.

The plot is very solid, with only minor "What the hell?"s every so often. The acting is really decent, and there are many great deaths scenes (meaning good special effects). There is actually a variation in the 'scary' music that they play, and the camera is solid, the lighting is generally great, and the actors SPEAK UP.

It is a really great movie. I started to watch it expecting NOTHING, but I was pleasantly surprised. Don't expect a million-dollar budget out of it, but its a darn good movie!

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