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The Echo (2008)

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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.

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Yam Laranas

Writers:

Eric Bernt (screenplay), Shintaro Shimosawa (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Bradford ... Bobby Reynolds
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 Marvin Hinz ... Detective
George Santino George Santino ... Manager
Paulette Sinclair Paulette Sinclair ... Helen Davis
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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.

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Open the door... I know you're in there. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Echo See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,146,973
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Yam Laranas's feature film debut in America. He directed the original film Sigaw (2004) and returned to direct this remake. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Echo (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturno No. 9 in B Major
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Jim Long
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Go ahead, it's worth it!
10 November 2009 | by pausebreakSee all my reviews

I find it ridiculous that this movie didn't get a good release while the likes of Boogeyman, They, The Unborn, and countless other Asian film remakes did! This movie is worth your time, to say the least.

I won't really say it's slow paced as things started the moment the lead character got in the apartment. But it definitely is boring if your concept of a horror movie is limited to gore and run-for-your-life scenes after every 5 minutes of dialogue. This is more of an "alone at night horror movie" than an "invite friends over and have popcorn" type. The enjoyment lies in the appreciation of story, texture, and creepy atmosphere of the film, which the director served in good proportions.

I liked how Yam Laranas outdid himself in the remake. The story is tighter, and the American lead actors were better than their Filipino counterparts...though I can't say the same for the supporting characters.

In closing, let me just debunk a review here which commented on the other users' comments instead of commenting on the movie (and I'm committing the same crime now), but The Echo is at the very least a decent ghost movie...to call it "half-decent" is already being silly. The film is No Exorcist, but to discredit it just to balance out the opinion of those who thought it was good is self-deception.

The movie is not without its imperfections, but it won't make you cry for your 90 minutes. Many contemporary horror movies did worse.


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