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The Pool (2001)

Swimming Pool - Der Tod feiert mit (original title)
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International students at an elite Prague school are stalked and murdered while holding a party in an abandoned water park.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Miller ... Sarah
Elena Uhlig ... Carmen
Paul T. Grasshoff Paul T. Grasshoff ... Gregor (as Thorsten Grasshoff)
John Hopkins John Hopkins ... Frank
Isla Fisher ... Kim
Jason Liggett Jason Liggett ... Martin
Jonah Lotan ... Chris
Cordelia Bugeja ... Mel
James McAvoy ... Mike
Linda Rybová ... Svenja
Bryan Carney Bryan Carney ... Carter
Maximilian Grill Maximilian Grill ... Diego
Anna Geislerová ... Catherine
Jan Vlasák ... Kadankov
Daniel Wurm Daniel Wurm ... Tommy
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School's out, exams are over, and it's time for real life to begin. But before 12 friends from the International High School in Prague disappear to the four corners of the earth, they intend to throw the best party of their lives. The idea to stage the party in Prague's biggest swimming pool is illegal but cool. And when Gregor, the laid-back leader of the group thinks an idea is good, then no-one else from the group objects. But what begins as the night of all nights quickly turns into a life and death struggle, as the friends come to realise that death itself is on the guest list... A mysterious masked killer sets a hunt in motion that ranges through the facility's halls and corridors. As the kids panic it begins to dawn on them that the killer must be one of them... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong violence/gore, language, substance abuse and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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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

The condition and fractures in the glass that Greg tries to break in the restaurant keeps changing. See more »

Quotes

Martin: [after Diego sneaks up behind him and surprises him] You goddamn Argentinians! Always sneaking up and attacking me, I feel like the Falkland Islands!
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References Scream (1996) See more »

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Never Let You Go
Written and Composed by Myballoon / T. Lüneburger.
Performed by Myballoon.
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Uneven and predictable...but still worth a watch or two.

I just finished watching and I get the impression I will not watch it again, or intend to rent it. Not's not saying it was awful. I'll start with the plot which isn't that layered and has all the clichés you'd expect. Typical opening credits that rip off the Drew Barrymore scene in Scream...then we are introduced the the cannon fodder at the local university. All of them brag and act arrogant, which wasn't exactly annoying...kind of fun because you know the majority if not all will meet their just desserts.

Well anyways it's the night of the grad and all these yuppies want to throw a unique party so they get some dude who looks like the older brother in Adventures in Baby Sitting to break into a huge pool/resort type health spa thingy and they of course all get access to the free booze and are all supplied with swim wear. While this is going on some angry bimbo who dumps her one dimensional boring boyfreind gets sliced and diced...for some apparent reason she was walking in the thick of the night in deep forest for no apparent reason...

After montages and constant unlikely dialouge of the partying teens the killer has made his presence apparent by slicing some ditzy couple in a water slide scene that was one of the best things in this movie. (Reminded me of the ice stalking scene in "Curtains" and the swimming scene in "The Prowler") the group all split up and we are in 80ies land as the plot drops everything but a a very uneven pace and a positive body count. A big peeve with this movie is that there was far too many characters, where you stopped even trying to keep track of names. Just wait until each die in brutal and unrelenting glee. Then you find out who the killer is by a boring and pointless sub plot involving some fat cop who gets all these back ground stories from various moronic bland characters.

The revealing of the killer was dumb and predictable, and he had a very tedious monologue like all those Scream/Urban Legend type killers and his costume was far from interesting or inventive.

Though for its awesome high body count, very visually appealing and stylish directing that set ups all the kills nicely and has a take no prisoners mean spiritedness streak to it, and some tension at certain stalk scenes, it wasn't a total waste of time.

Whoever was responsible for the soundtrack should wait till there at least 20 before composing and selecting songs for movies. It reeked of cheese and was lamer then the soundtrack of hmm..save the last putrid dance? I give this movie **out of **** You'll watch it it and most likely just forget about it it shortly afterwards.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2001 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Liberec, Czech Republic See more »

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$963,010
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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