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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Eric Bernt (screenplay) and
Shintaro Shimosawa (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
28 May 2009 (South Korea) See more »
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Open the door... I know you're in there. See more »
Plot:
An ex-con moves into an old apartment building, where he encounters a domestic problem involving a police officer, his wife, and their daughter. When he tries to intervene, however, a mysterious curse entraps him. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jesse Bradford ... Bobby

Amelia Warner ... Alyssa

Carlos Leon ... Hector Rodriguez
Iza Calzado ... Gina

Kevin Durand ... Walter

Louise Linton ... Katie

Jamie Bloch ... Carly

Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Joseph
Aron Tager ... Old Man
Hrant Alianak ... Max

Jayne Eastwood ... Lucille Jiminez

Arnold Pinnock ... Officer Cole
Marvin Hinz ... Detective
George Santino ... Manager
Paulette Sinclair ... Helen Davis
Bathsheba Garnett ... Old Russian Woman

Stacey LaBerge ... Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brendan Carmody ... University student

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee ... Dr. Morris
Robert Morse ... Construction worker no 1
Vanessa Petronelli ... Waitress
Courtenay J. Stevens ... Older Cop

Directed by
Yam Laranas 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Eric Bernt (screenplay) and
Shintaro Shimosawa (screenplay)

Yam Laranas (film "Sigaw") and
Roy Iglesias (film "Sigaw")

Produced by
Eric Bernt .... executive producer
Brendan Bragg .... production executive
Don Carmody .... executive producer
Doug Davison .... producer
Elliot Ferwerda .... executive producer
Kimberly Fox .... executive producer
Robert Hoff .... executive producer (as Bob Hoff)
Michael Kessler .... associate producer
Roy Lee .... producer
Tyler Mitchell .... producer
Shintaro Shimosawa .... producer
Will Wright .... producer
Irene Yeung .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
tomandandy 
 
Cinematography by
Matthew Irving (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Coniglio 
 
Casting by
Tina Gerussi 
Nancy Nayor  (as Nancy Nayor Battino)
 
Production Design by
Franco De Cotiis 
 
Art Direction by
Michele Brady 
 
Set Decoration by
Caroline George-Kohne 
Carol Lavoie 
John Cameron Martin 
John Rankin 
Geoffrey Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Joanne Hansen 
 
Makeup Department
Katie Brennan .... makeup department head
Amber Chase .... assistant makeup artist
Karola Dirnberger .... head hair stylist
Paul Jones .... special makeup effects designer
Paul Molnar .... key makeup artist
Francisca Saavedra .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tanya Barringer .... production manager: New York
Hartley Gorenstein .... production manager
Gregor Hutchison .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Cushen .... assistant director
Catherine Lew .... second assistant director
Fatima Palhetas .... trainee assistant director
Sterling Thomas .... third assistant director
Patrick Tidy .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ryan Falkner .... storyboard artist
William Koon .... assistant key scenic
Andrea Kristof .... assistant art director
Stephen Levitt .... property master
Arlene Lott .... assistant art director
Reet Puhm .... key scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Steve Baine .... foley artist
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
Todd Beckett .... sound re-recording mixer
Denis Bellingham .... boom operator
Roderick Deogrades .... sound effects editor
Hugo Jeffreys .... adr recordist
Matthew McKenzie .... adr mixer
Jason Perreira .... re-recording assistant
Jill Purdy .... dialogue & adr editor
Trent Richmond .... assistant sound editor
David Rose .... sound effects editor
Brad Thornton .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Tony Kenny .... special effects coordinator
Chris Wallace .... mastergrade colourist
 
Visual Effects by
Kyle Boylen .... digital compositor
Noel Hooper .... visual effects supervisor
Haydn Masuda .... digital compositor
Christa Tazzeo .... visual effects producer
Neil Williamson .... visual effects executive producer
Motassem Younes .... digital opticals
 
Stunts
Brendan Carmody .... stunt rigger
Cosette Derome .... stunt double
Steve Lucescu .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Raphael Boettger .... daily grip
Brendan Carmody .... on-set videographer
Kristin Fieldhouse .... camera trainee
Rudy Katkic .... Steadicam operator: "a" camera
Geoff Knight .... electrician: New York
Patrick Krauter .... grip
Mark Manchester .... key grip
Robert McRae .... key gaffer
Marvin Midwicki .... camera operator
Steve Mrkobrada .... camera operator
Mike Nieuwland .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Douglas G. Reid .... best boy electric
Zenfeek .... gaffer: New York
 
Casting Department
John Barba .... casting associate
Jane Rogers .... background casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Eppstadt .... key wardrobe breakdown artist
Maria Fermo .... costume supervisor
Sandra E. Hibovski .... costume buyer
 
Editorial Department
Peter Armstrong .... digital intermediate producer
Sue Len Quon .... assistant editor
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate editor
Lorraine Samuel .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Kevin Banks .... music editor
Alex Todorov .... score recording & mixing
 
Transportation Department
Randy O'Connell .... driver
Gary Russell .... driver
Tanya Russell .... transportation coordinator
Rob White .... transportation co-captain
Robert White .... transportation co-captain
Ian C. Harris .... daily driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cynthia Amsden .... unit publicist
Coralie Brady .... assistant location manager
James Burke .... production assistant
Nuno Capitao de Salles .... cast personal trainer
Janet Chandler .... payroll accountant
Jennifer Drevnig .... on-set tutor
Melissa Girotti .... production coordinator
Quincy Gow .... production assistant
Rebecca Hughes .... production assistant
Joshua Jacobs .... production assistant
Sarah Jene .... assistant to executive producer
Dahla MacKenna .... educational supervisor
Stephanie Million .... production assistant (as Stephanie Holinski)
Sandy Morrow .... script supervisor
Pete Nilson .... on-set caterer
Desmond Paes .... production accountant
Lisa Perone .... assistant production coordinator
Jeannine Sharp .... first assistant production accountant
John Shone .... location assistant
Abbey Taylor .... production assistant
 

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images and brief language
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South Korea:90 min
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Trivia:
Director Yam Laranas's Hollywood debut.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Echo (2004)See more »
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I Got ItSee more »

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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A Ghost Story, 6 October 2009
Author: raymund salao from Philippines

The ECHO is the Hollywood remake of the Filipino horror movie from director Yam Laranas entitled "Sigaw" which is also released in the international market with the similar title "The Echo" The story begins when a young ex-con comes home to the apartment where her mother who passed away, lived. He curiously tries to find out what happened to her and why she died. He discovers that the apartment he lives in is having strange occurrences. He finds drops of blood, hears noises of things that are not there, and at the same time, he is also concerned about his apartment neighbor; a mother and daughter who is being victimized by an abusive live-in partner. All these things that haunt him soon affect his life, his work, and his relationship. He even begins to question his own sanity. Soon enough, he must face these things so that it will bring him peace.

Supposedly one that should be categorized as something which is more of a Ghost Story and Psychological Drama, THE ECHO is rich in stylistic visual images. An artful blend of bleak beauty in terms of cinematography and atmosphere, with the eerie vibe created by its storyline. The moments of horror may not be too bloody (except perhaps for one scene that had me biting my own finger) but they indeed transmit the sense of gloom well into its audience.

Jesse Bradford obviously did a better performance than Richard Guttierez (in the original version). His fear and sense of paranoia can communicate well with the audience. Iza Calzado is as haunting as she was in the original. I actually felt that the movie needed more focus on Iza whose role in the original was underlined well, and was very relevant with real world issues of abuse.

The Echo takes a lot of time to build up the horror. The slow build-up is reminiscent of old horror movies like The Exorcist, which takes its time to make its characters whole and establish a familiarity with the audience before it spills out the full extent of the horror.

The minor problem with The Echo is that if you have already watched the original Echo movie which is known here in the Philippines as "Sigaw" and you already have an idea what these hauntings are all about and why they occur, you might feel that it tends to drag and bore, because the surprise is already spoiled for you. Much of the movie's appeal relies on not knowing why these things happen.

As much as my heart goes out to the director, though, I am sorry to say that I felt that the build-up just dragged too slowly. Some sequences felt like it was just an exercise of waiting for something to happen. I feel that this needed to be re-cut, just to delete off the sequences that are horribly unnecessary. The subplots in between the horror sequences sometimes feel uninteresting. There is a good pay-off at the end but its pay-off is not as satisfying as, say, The Exorcists' final act which all goes off to hellish chaos. Instead, its pay-off is still storyline-based. It does not go off in a whimper, no, it does unleash some hell. But not enough to get it off its track, as it maintains its disciplined pace, leading to an appropriate end which makes the story go full circle. You will soon realize that this is NOT the Exorcist; this is a Ghost Story.

If you watch this movie, do not expect this to be like your run-of-the-mill slasher flick or torture horror; you should just expect a good ghost movie. There is some violence and gore in it, but this is no monsterfest. It is never goofy and it treats its own story in a very serious manner. It feels like something that may have happened in reality. That is actually its beauty because many other horror movies out there tend to overblow their stories to a point that it feels bogus and cartoonish. The Echo takes its time and is more or less grounded in reality. Quiet, but eerie. Just like the ghosts that live around us.

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