Im going to try something different and arrange this review in a similar fashion to the film. Dark Waters is an experience for the senses, particularly in its insane visuals, while focusing on aesthetics over creating a linear and coherent plot. With that in mind, here are a few random things the film succeeds at:
Disturbing sound clips of babies crying that are distorted and twisted into demonic howls. Surreal shots with stunning cinematography. Dark subterranean catacombs lit by thousands of candles. Nuns burning crosses against a moonless sky. Children worshiping an ancient demon. A geek that eats the guts of raw fish on a ferry. Saturated color palette with deep red, orange, brown, and black hues. An overall feeling of dread and discomfort for no single discernible reason.
The film follows and English girl that returns to a remote island that is home to a secluded church that her recently deceased father has been supporting. She becomes wrapped up in the demonic trappings of the church when investigating why her father invested so much of her inheritance in protecting its secrets. I thoroughly enjoy this one, and constantly want to rewatch it for the dark and unnerving imagery, but it is a very abstract film that offers more questions than answers. The film cant be rated on the same level as other films, since it would be like rating a Post-Modernist painting against a work of the Renaissance. Instead, it should be enjoyed as a series of disturbing images strung together by a loose plot. Fans of Santa Sangre should definitely enjoy this one!