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Something's wrong beneath shadow lake... dead wrong!
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Bill Rebane's Black Lagoon homage Sci-Fi-Horror-Thriller Z-Grade Cult Classic! See more (8 total) »


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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

Bruno Alexander ... Cal (as Bruno Aclin)
Michael Skewes ... Mike (as Michael J. Skewes)
Doreen Moze ... Chris
Lorry Getz ... Sorenson
Angel Rebane ... Baby Rana

Directed by
Bill Rebane 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lyoma Denetz 
Jerry Gregoris 
Mike Landers 

Produced by
Jochen Breitenstein .... associate producer
Cheri Caffaro .... associate producer
Larry Dreyfus .... executive producer
Jerry Gregoris .... producer
Bill Rebane .... producer
Joost Von Oosterum .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bruce Malm 
Cinematography by
Bill Rebane  (as Ito)
Bela St. Jon 
Film Editing by
Bill Rebane 
Costume Design by
Jutta Boettcher (wardrobe and costume designer)
Makeup Department
Tom Schwartz .... designer: "Rana"
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan M. Rebane .... second assistant director (as Alan Rebane)
Barbara J. Rebane .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Bruce Malm .... sound
Special Effects by
Robert Babb .... special effects
Vern Hyde .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Jochen Breitenstein .... aerial photographer
Jochen Breitenstein .... underwater photographer
Mark Burns .... grip
Dick Plautz .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Bruce Malm .... assistant editor
Other crew
Sandra Lange .... production secretary

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96 min
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 (1988) | Norway:15 (video premiere) | West Germany:Not Rated
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Factual errors: 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 »
Kelly Jr.:So what are you going to do with the fossil now?See more »


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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Bill Rebane's Black Lagoon homage Sci-Fi-Horror-Thriller Z-Grade Cult Classic!, 24 July 2005
Author: David Michael O'Rorey (retromaster2000) from New Kensington P.A.

This film was a lot better then I thought. It was pretty much a throw back to "Creature From The Black Lagoon" except half man half frog & he had a weapon also guarded gold treasures. This is an excellent throwback tribute to Jack Arnold's Sci-Fi Classic the monster suit isn't as good as in Lagoon, but hey what the hell Rana was done a lot lower of a budget then Jack Arnold's Lagoon. I saw this movie finally when I bid & won on ebay. My mom purchased it was a VHS used in good condition got that during X-Mas 2005. I enjoyed pretty much every sec. down to the needle. It was pretty bloody is one reason I really liked it bloodier then Lagoon but not as scary almost though. If the suit would of been better but it's damn good for the budget. The Frog Man likes the younger girl the one that was swimming around in the lake in the sexy one piece pink swimsuit. Yeah Rana got her in the end after Kelly's father was killed. Kelly & the Female Palentologist's young niece were there & that is when Rana broke in & attacked them. He took her over his shoulder this is a lot like in Lagoon when The Gillman takes Julia Adams off the boat & dives back into the lagoon with her. Well I ain't telling much about Rana all u B & Z Graders should see it I loved it! By the way I will be getting the DVD release of it from Troma under it's a.k.a. title "Croaked: Frog Monster From Hell". Which I got & was very disappointed in cause it ran only 89 mins. I also have the old Burbank VHS as I stated & that one ran about 93 mins. Stupid because Troma originally distributed the film why they cut out 3 or 4 mins. for the DVD release makes no sense. Doubt there will ever be another more commercial DVD this being such an obscure 70's monster flick. Along with Rebane's other 70's Sci-Fi Efforts besides, "The Giant Spider Invasion" from 1975. That just got a 2009 2-Disc DVD Deluxe Treatment. That one seems to get the most attention. Which is a shame his 1977 Sci-Fi Effort "The Alpha Incident" was doubled billed with Star Wars at the theaters back in 1977. It was the second feature to Star Wars. Rebane stated in the commentary on the new Spider Invasion DVD, he didn't know if Alpha or his 1987 Horror Slasher Effort "Blood Harvest" got the bigger share of the pie. He never did get the money for Spider Invasion's theatrical gross. Neither it's enduring Cult Status as a mainstream Drive-Inn Sci-Fi Classic. Rana is one of my favorites of the 70's though. So I gave it a 6 but Octaman '72 & Zaat '72 are better they got an 8 for their type.

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