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Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake (1981)

When Kelly Morgan was 11 years old he had a terrifying encounter with Rana, a strange half man/half frog monster living in a lake. The creature killed his father and many other people ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Paul Callaway ...
Rana
Richard Lange ...
Rana
Glenn Scherer ...
Kelly Sr.
Brad Ellingson ...
Kelly Jr.
Karen McDiarmid ...
Elli
Alan Ross ...
John
Julie Wheaton ...
Susan
Jerry Gregoris ...
Charlie
Jim Iaquinta ...
Burley
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Cal (as Bruno Aclin)
Michael Skewes ...
Mike (as Michael J. Skewes)
Doreen Moze ...
Chris
Lorry Getz ...
Sorenson
Angel Rebane ...
Baby Rana
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When Kelly Morgan was 11 years old he had a terrifying encounter with Rana, a strange half man/half frog monster living in a lake. The creature killed his father and many other people before Kelly destroyed it. Now as a young man he returns to search for the monster's hidden treasure, and to see if the legendary creature really was killed. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Something's wrong beneath shadow lake... dead wrong!


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Elli says that the fossil had "never been found in this hemisphere" and goes on to say that it has been found in China and the Amazon. As the movie is set in North America, her statement had to be false. China is in the Northern Hemisphere and the Amazon is in the Western Hemisphere, which are the two hemispheres occupied by North America. See more »

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Kelly Jr.: So what are you going to do with the fossil now?
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Truly a painful experience...
31 January 1999 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake is one of the most truly horrible visions ever put on film. The excruciating acting and horribly conceived script take it to a rare level of high comedy.

The plot involves a kid who finds a frog bone. The bone turns out to be from some kind of vague fossil frog or something, so a paleontologist shows up to look around this isolated island. Meanwhile, a bunch of true wizards are trying to swim to the bottom of Shadow Lake to find a buried treasure. There's a fair bit of bad early 70's music, and obscure scenes of the kid fishing and playing with deer. Jerry Gregoris, the film's producer, plays crazy Charlie, who tells the kid of a strange creature who lives in the lake, "half man... half frog... half, I dunno WHAT! They called him Rana...". People get killed by this guy running around in the Creature from the Black Lagoon's suit after someone dumped a gloppy bucket of green paint on it. Eventually Rana gets what's coming to him and the horrible secret at the bottom of Shadow Lake is revealed.

Scenes such as the kid, Kelly, feeding baby deer, fishing and trying to be cool in front of the paleontologist's beautiful (ha!) assistant are ugly. Even uglier is the adult Kelly narrating the tale while he makes out with his somewhat sleazy girlfriend. Watch for the scene when crazy Charlie's goat takes a tumble in the background.

This film is for the truly sadistic. If you somehow manage to find a copy, view at your own risk.


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