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1981 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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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This time, the frog dissects you!, 9 November 2009
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

I hadn't even heard about "Rana" a.k.a "Croaked: Frog Monster from Hell" until a friend of mine mentioned it a couple of weeks ago, but I instantly wanted to see it for a number of reasons. Number one: Hello! It's a movie about a giant killer frog monster! What more reason do you need? We've seen angry frogs before in the early 70's eco-horror trash fest "Frogs", but they were only normal sized and boring killer frogs! Plus, one of the taglines I encountered stated: "This time, the frog dissects you!" Best cheesy tagline ever! Number two: this is another accomplishment of the notoriously awful director Bill Rebane, who also made the insufferable creature features "Giant Spider Invasion" and "The Capture of Bigfoot". Of course, in my wild enthusiasm, I actually forgot that this thing is probably rare and ultra-obscure for a good reason. Could it possibly be any worse than the other Rebane stinkers, like the aforementioned ones and also "The Demons of Ludlow" and "Monster-a-Go- Go"? Oh yes, sire! This is bad film-making in the purest meaning of the term: long boring stretches of footage that is completely irrelevant, one-dimensional characters, inept dialogs and a total absence of excitement and bloody action. The titular monster is nowhere to be seen until late in the film, but unlike as in "Jaws", you'd wish they never bothered to show it at all once you finally see it. Speaking of "Jaws", there are multiple more heavy influences from that film, like the music and the underwater P.O.V. shots, but I can hardly hold that against Bill Rebane because practically all horror movies around that time imitated the successful gimmicks of Spielberg's summer blockbuster. The plot is narrated by a guy, as some sort of warm fireplace story to his girlfriend in their holiday cabin, and describes a traumatizing encounter of his own childhood. In the story, the narrator is an 8-year- old kid, living with his father near a swamp. After the mysterious disappearance of an anthropologist in the area, another much better looking anthropologist of the female kind comes to investigate. More and more people start to vanish in the swamp, like poachers, but obviously nobody believe the crazy old guy when he says that the legendary frog monster is to be blamed. Rana, as he/she/it is called, looks more like the inbred cousin of Creature from the Black Lagoon than like a frog or any type of amphibian whatsoever. "Rana" is pretty boring during the first hour, but then suddenly quite a lot happens in the span of only a few minutes. One of the characters stumbles over a skull with the eyes still in its sockets, there's a gunfight in slow-motion at the pier and the monster's claws can be admired as he crushes the head of a poacher into a tree. After these three minutes of outrageous action, everything gets boring and tedious again. Couldn't you have spread the a little, Mr. Rebane?

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