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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)


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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 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


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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1986 (Yugoslavia) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Towards 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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okay movie of the sort they don't make any more
13 January 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Video Search of Miami lists the film as one you'll never find in reference sources and until they laid that challenge down you didn't. Between the time they offered it for sale and when I bought it it appeared on IMDb.

The movie was tonight's offering...

Its a strange European film co production made in English by two Balkan countries. It concerns the return of a ferry captain from the dead to get revenge on the descendants of the people who had laid blame on him for the ferry accident in which he died along with 86 other people. There's no question he's doing it since you see him during the opening credits.

The film isn't bad. Its by no means scary or even tense, but it is interesting, the sort of film they don't make any more... or even when it was released, which was 1986. I would have sworn it was made no later than say 1981 or 1982 and more probably in the late 1970's. This is after all a movie about a zombie in a rubber mask and a pea coat going around killing people in a nice quiet mountain village.

Who made this film and who thought they could release it in '86? I have no idea. This had to be someone's idea to make a quick buck,but I can't see this being made as late as 86 unless the people involved were completely out of touch with world wide trends.Unless of course it was made earlier but sat on the shelf until someone thought they could do something with it. The clothes lead me to believe that was the case. This is a movie that even in say 1982 was on the edge of being eclipsed by films like the Thing or Friday the 13th and any of the gore films. This is mostly a gore free movie, except for a rather badly done mid-head decapitation- watch where the axe hits the head and watch where the head comes apart...they are not the same place... nor is the monsters head ever the same size....

This is in its way a rather sweet movie. Possibly too sweet and nice and gentle... which is an odd thing to say, its as if the film makers didn't want to really scare you. If it wasn't for the blood it could be a a kids film.

Did I like it? Yes I did.

Do I need to see it again? No, no I don't. However it would make an excellent double feature with Spirits of Jupiter another lost drive-in horror film from the early 80's. All I need now is some popcorn a few friends and a game to play while watching and we're set....

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