Death Pool, A Casual Swim in Horror
Death Pool Film Details
Director Jared Cohn
Writer: Jared Cohn
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Release Format: DVD
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95min
Johnny Taylor has a big problem: he LOVES to drown good-looking girls. When he sees water and attractive females together, something in his head begs him to kill – the psychological result of a traumatic near-drowning during his childhood at the hands of a twisted babysitter. Fighting the urge to act on his sinister thoughts most of his adult life, Johnny finally succumbs to his dark instincts when the only work he can find is around water, cleaning pools. Filled with colorful characters, beautiful women and set against the backdrop of the LA party scene, Death Pool encapsulates the desire for fame, the lust for desire, and the urge to kill.
A Psychologically disturbed by a childhood trauma, Johnny Taylor’s (Randy Wayne) need to drown women surfaces and doesn’t stop.
The cinematography in the film was pretty well done. The coloring gave the film an almost “Dexter” feel; We know the main character is a serial killer but was light and open. Particular camera angles fit the scene and made it uncomfortable and were evident what actions were to come next.
The originality of the film was phenomenal! I felt intrigued by a drowning serial killer and his different methods of drowning his victims. The plot kept me intrigued for Johnny and his best friend, Brandon’s (Demetrius Stear) relationship.
The film overall was decent it had a creep factor more than a scare factor. Death Pool, its a fun watch but do not expect this film to reach above a two-star rating.
There was an inconsistency during the drowning scenes. When the camera was above water we could see Johnny’s hands but under water, no hands and the victim’s body position did not match up. This was a well-written script but the delivery was hard to listen to at some times, unnatural or forced even.
Death Pool is a fun watch and proves how Writer/Director Jared Cohn is growing in the genre!
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