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The Pool (2001)

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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."

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Phil Davies Brown
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Review Date: 29 July 2003 My Rating: out of 5


This German produced slasher film was deemed so good in pre-production that they were given funding to make it an international production. But does it sink or swim?

A group of friends from the International High School in Prague receive invites to a secret graduation party that promises to be killer. Unfortunately for them someone has taken the invite literally, and when they arrive at the location, (a plush private swimming pool with it's own bars and sports complex ) carnage ensues.

This film is highly reminiscent of 's teen slashers whilst showcasing a knowledge of the post-modern era of horror. Therefore the story is quite old fashioned but the characters are very stylish.

The locations are beautiful and are fully showcased by Director Boris von Sychowski and he also demonstrates skill with his handling of the plentiful set pieces which mainly take place inside the pool.

The cast are all very likeable and whilst it is occasionally difficult to understand some of the actors accents, I am thankful that the film is not dubbed, which can (and in the case of Flashback did) often ruin your viewing. Despite this you believe that the cast are actually friends, which makes you care about them when they meet their maker and it aint pretty.

This film doesn't hold back on the red stuff and boasts one of the best death scenes ever in a slasher film. The film also manages to conjour up some good atmosphere in a few of the chase scenes through use of tight angles, a decent score and some beautiful lighting which makes the locations appear chilling.

The only downside is some of the dialogue which was obviously written to sound more American. I don't understand why they had to do this as the humour is very European and works fine, although it does say a lot about the actors that they say their lines with conviction (especially Isla Fisher whose character's I normally dislike).

The pool ends up coming off as one of the more decent and memorable recent teen slashers, as it doesn't try to be anything other than it is and that's a whole lot of fun.

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