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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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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 refers to the fossil as "coming from a reptile, like a frog." Frogs are amphibians, not reptiles.See more »
Kelly Jr.:So what are you going to do with the fossil now?See more »


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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Truly a painful experience..., 31 January 1999
Author: dharmabum from Vancouver, Canada

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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