The Echo [DVD]
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Yam Laranas directs this horror following an ex-con as he attempts to readjust to life on the outside. Bobby (Jesse Bradford) has just been released from prison having served the sentence he was given for murdering a man who tried to rape his girlfriend Alyssa (Amelia Warner). He returns to his mother's apartment in New York City, which has been vacant since her death. Bobby finds the apartment strange. He discovers drops of blood that appear to be fresh and hears continual arguments from the apartment next door, which suggest to him that a man is abusing his wife and daughter. When he finally snaps and calls the police things become even stranger: the apartment next door is vacant, the police tell him. Where, then, are the noises coming from?
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The film follows a man recently released from prison, who returns home to find all sorts of spooky goings on in his apartment. The film start predominantly with him wandering from room to room, trying to work out where various noises are coming from. It is nicely shot, which does give it a suitable creepy atmosphere and, every now and again, there is the odd eerie scene.
However, it's all too little and not often enough. Whatever spookiness is too sparse to really be bothered about. The ending isn't bad. There's the obligatory `twist' (or should I say `explanation'?) regarding what's going on, but, by the time it happens, will you care?
The movie finally escalates when he intervenes in a domestic issue that takes place in the adjacent apartment. The film has a haunting "Juon" quality about it. My biggest complaint is that the build-up is too slow. I got bored waiting for this film to take off. Jesse Bradford plays a rather lame Bobby.
F-bomb, No sex, or nudity. Violence to women.
Before we even get to the horror film proper, The Echo does well from the outset of depicting a man whose life has been put on stasis while everything around him has changed beyond recognition; discovering his stigma as old-friends no longer want to associate with him, and employers wanting to give him a wide berth. In this regard it's definitely one-part social commentary, exploring crime and punishment (or rather the effects of on the perpetrator).
Of course, once Bobby moves in, things begin to go awry as things go bump in the night. What I liked about The Echo was an indistinct air of things not being quite right, even in the scenes where nothing scary actually happens; mainly down to some terrific camerawork which borders on the surreal at times. What it lacks in out-and-out gore it more than makes up for in chilling scares.
Likewise, the music is effective yet minimal. The Echo eschews the use of a loud, discordant score to cue-card the bits where the audience is supposed to jump. Here it used to provide a subtle otherworldliness to compliment the deft cinematography.
In essence, it's more of a spooky whodunnit; first to find out what actually happened to the mother, and to uncover the secrets that lurk within the apartment block before he himself falls victim.
'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a bad film but could of been better if more was included, the story line was to thin.Published 1 month ago by Damien Oakes
Good value for money. A nice little horror with some twists and turns.Published 1 month ago by C Dwerryhouse
Nothing scary here whatsoever! You get to the end and think so what!Published 7 months ago by Oceansized
Very good film , deffo worthahour n half of my time ..happyPublished 10 months ago by sara louise mooney
okay for jumpy movie quiet spooky , watch if given chancePublished 11 months ago by doreen paterson