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Dark Echoes (1977)

Dark Echo (original title)
The zombie ghost of a sunken excursion boat captain haunts an Austrian lake in search of vengeance against those who caused the accident.


George Robotham


George Robotham (screenplay)


Credited cast:
Karin Dor ... Lisa Bruekner
Joel Fabiani ... Bill Cross
Wolfgang Brook Wolfgang Brook ... Inspector Woelke
Hanna Landy ... Frau Ziemler (as Hanna Hertelendy)
John Robotham ... Dieter Beckmann
Norman Marshall Norman Marshall ... Captain Gohr
Frederick Tully Frederick Tully ... Officer Braun
James Dobson James Dobson ... Officer Garth
Alexander Davion ... Dereck Stanhope (as Alex Davion)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melisa Antic Melisa Antic ... Heide
Neda Arneric ... Hilda Beckmann
Demeter Bitenc Demeter Bitenc ... Woodcutter (as Mitja Bitenc)
Dragan Bjelogrlic Dragan Bjelogrlic ... Hans (as Dragan Bielogerlich)
Tanja Boskovic Tanja Boskovic ... Tanya (as Tanya Boskovich)
Damir Mejovsek Damir Mejovsek ... Ficherman
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The zombie ghost of a sunken excursion boat captain haunts an Austrian lake in search of vengeance against those who caused the accident.

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Toward the end, during the chase near the castle ruins, the zombie breaks the jeep's rear view mirror with his elbow before (temporarily) escaping. Yet when Lisa tells Bill about what happened, she says that "before he ran off, he smashed the mirror with his bare FIST." See more »


Bill Cross: [asking for directions] I'm not lost, you understand, but - where am I?
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Unique little horror flick
29 December 2014 | by samsmith81See all my reviews

First addressing the issue of availability: It's not on DVD, but it's online, in full. However, it's a little hard to find, since it's under its Japanese title (but the movie is in English, and without subtitles or anything, and the quality is quite good.) Best google it as 'Dark Echoes 1977', and it'll direct you to the youtube link.

As for the movie itself: It's a strange but enjoyable little piece. A mixture of travelogue and horror movie. It has some gorgeous settings (the lake, the castle ruins, the cave), a distinctly European flair (the Austrian village with its pub and church, the strange local customs ("What's he doing?" - "He's the village artist. He paints the skulls for us." - "Paints the skulls?! What for?"), etc.), some nice underwater photography, and a very leisurely pace (you'll need some patience and a bit of an attention span).

It also has a likable hero and heroine: the American psychic Bill Cross (Joel Fabiani, "Department S"), who somehow manages to digest quarter-liters (!) of dry martini and still stay sober for the ghost-hunt, and the local journalist Lisa Bruekner (Karin Dor, "You Only Live Twice"). Actually, the mysterious sinking of the boat (no witnesses, no survivors, no explanation ever found) would make a good case for "Department S". And "You Only Live Twice" is certainly true for the zombie captain of the boat. There's also the rather fascinating character of the witch (Hungarian actress Hanna Hertelendy, "Raid On Entebbe"). The acting is decent, the story is solid, and apart from its slow pace, it's really not a bad movie. It definitely has its moments, even if he horror is rather subtle.

On the other hand, it also has its involuntarily comical moments, like the weird cult's clandestine meetings in the cavern, and especially when some of he minor characters sound as if these were the only lines in English they ever uttered in their lives. Come to think of it, that may actually be the case... But then again, you could see that as part of he movie's unique charm.

All in all, if you like strange European horror flicks, by all means, give it a try. At best late at night (like, around midnight, perhaps), with a snack and/or one of the hero's favorite martinis, and when you're in the right mood, it should make for a rather enjoyable experience. So, on a good day - or rather, night - eight out of ten, for the sheer fun of it.

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