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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
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Finland:K-16 (1988) | Norway:15 (video premiere) | West Germany:Not Rated
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Revealing mistakes: As Kelly catches a fish early in the movie he winds his reel repeatedly, but the bobber on the fishing line never moves.See more »
Kelly Jr.:So what are you going to do with the fossil now?See more »


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Another Bill Rebane Creature Feature, 12 May 2014
Author: Bezenby from United Kingdom

If you know Bill Rebane, you'll know what to expect here: Low budget antics with local actors, z-grade effects, and yet an overall charming atmosphere. This is one of his better efforts as it actually has things happening during the plot.

A guy and his gal end up on an isolated island and in between heavy petting, he recounts and incident from his childhood while growing up on the island with his father. When he was but a kid, some folks ended up on the island looking into some sort of legend (and of course the treasure implied by the legend). You've got some treasure hunters masquerading as loggers, and odds with local crazy hunter Charlie (they exchange pot shots at each other fairly regularly), two scientist chicks, and another scientist guy who very early on gets killed by some creature in the lagoon.

Bottom line is: there's a crazy frog monster in the lake in the middle of the island and he's not too happy at being disturbed. The loggers are next on the menu (and the also clash with our narrator's dad several times), but when old Charlie gets plugged our frog guy goes mental and it's up to our survivors to get off the island before Rana gets them all, and who will survive (except the narrator, of course, but then we've got to find out why he came back).

Much more exciting than Rebane's Alpha Incident and The Game, Rana is a more straightforward horror film which pleased me to no end as I'm a sucker for a regional film. The plot moves very fast (for a Rebane film) and there's even a smattering of gore here and there. The acting is what you'd expect if you know Rebane's films, and some of the music was downright funky. Rather high incidents of slow motion throughout, for some reason.

To summarise: If you're curious about Bill Rebane, try this one, Demons of Ludlow and the Giant Spider invasion. Lesser works included the strange film The Game, the boring Alpha Incident, and the so-so comedy Twister's Revenge.

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