Swimming Pool (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Ultra-lame slasher movie.

Imagine if Scream were re-made by a bunch of Germans and Czechs in an international high school in Prague, with high school students who seem to be in their thirties, and who speak English like Bela Lugosi reading from cue cards on a live broadcast.


Cordelia Bugeja flashes her breasts, Mardi Gras style

If that has been your dream film, your dream has come true, bubba.

The dialogue: stuff like "are you really ready to par-tay?"

The plot: high school graduates hold their farewell party inside an old natatorium in Prague. They are locked in with a knife-wielding guy wearing the same costume as the guy in Scream, except with a slightly different ghost face on the hood.

The opening sequence: nearly identical to Scream.

The acting: not only are the performers not much in the acting department, but many of them don't seem to be able to speak English, as if they learned their lines phonetically.

The settings: not bad at all - the actual swimming pool complex is some kind of indoor water park with restaurants and taverns. Cool! The exteriors were shot in Prague, which is a very ancient and romantic city.

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  • widescreen format

The sub-plot: the kids are eventually rescued by a cop working on a case in the middle of the night on a weekend. What a work ethic those Czech cops have! I guess he was czeching out some hot leads. As he tracks down the kid he's looking for, he says "those darned kids" so many times that he should get a part in Scooby-Two.

The gore: one pretty good death. Girl goes down water slide at full speed. As she makes the last turn she sees a giant machete blade between her and the opening. There is no chance to stop her momentum. Oh, the humanity.

The Critics Vote

  • there are no mainstream English reviews online. The IMDb features some German reviews and a couple of reviews from genre sites.


The People Vote ...

IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C-. Bad slasher movie partially "redeemed" by some creative gore. ONLY for genre addicts.

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