Mike Flaherty
January 09, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Devil's Pond

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Kip Pardue, Tara Reid

We gave it a C

R, 92 mins., 2003 (Artisan)

If the Scream and Scary Movie franchises hadn’t made it fairly impossible to lens a straight-faced thriller, the lackluster box office performance of two recent non-ironic terror-in-the-woods potboilers, Cabin Fever and Wrong Turn, has destined the genre to the small screen. Here, newlywed Mitch (Kip Pardue) persuades his sun-kissed bride, Julianne (Tara Reid), to honeymoon at his family’s country house. He doesn’t tell his nonswimming sweetheart that it’s a shotgun shack perched on a tiny island in the middle of a gigantic swimming hole, and that he’s a psychopath who has no intention of ever letting her leave. Let the woman-in-danger histrionics begin. EXTRAS Paltry, and as forgettable as the main event, though hardcore Reid fans may enjoy ogling her in a making-of doc.

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