Dark Waters from 1994 is the latest offering from the fine folks over at Severin, who have really begun ramping out some great cult classics lately.
This one is a Marinao Baino film, that is essentially a combination of Lovecraft and the beloved Nunsploitation. It actually has a very cold, dialogue free opening where we see a monastery with a group of nuns in it. One of the nun's finds a creature like amulet and is suddenly being chased by an unseen being. She and the amulet take a header off a cliff so the other nuns come to grab the broken pieces of the seemingly evil amulet and place them in cases to be hidden away in various places.
We cut to the present where we meet Elizabeth, a young girl on her way to this evil nunnery. How do we know its evil? Well during the film we see things that are not typical of actual nun behavior. They like to carry flaming crosses, murder people, not things you typically find in a nunnery.
Elizabeth as it turns out is there because when he father passed away she became head of his estate. When doing the books she discovered large donations going to this place on a regular basis and wanted to know what they were for, and if they needed to continue. Turns out those donations help the nuns to keep the Beast inside the broken amulet locked away as to not destroy humanity. Plus the usually "hidden secret" that these films always have.
Visually this is a fantastic film. The score, combined with scenes that sometimes go on for minutes without dialogue help to drive the feelings of tension and madness. The acting is really well done, as are all the visuals. Each scene drives the fact in that this is a place of evil and despair. Combine that with a really great twist ending and you have yourself a great film.
Fans off horror and suspense should seek this one out right away. I give it a good recommendation. Plus its loaded with these special features
– Never Ever After
Making of Never Ever After
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!