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The People Across the Lake (1988)

A city-slicker family, tired of the urban grime and crime, moves to a quaint little lakeside village. All seems like paradise - until corpses start showing up in the water. Will the family be the new victims?

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Rachel Yoman
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Chuck Yoman
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Malcolm Bryce
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Lisa Yoman
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Henry Link
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John Bryce
Gary Bisig
Gregory Togel ...
Steven "Stevie" Yoman
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Ruth Mortimer
Thomas Peacocke ...
Sheriff Boignton (as Thomas Peacock)
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Eli
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Debbie Mortimer (as Johanna Newmarch)
Don MacKay ...
Real Estate Agent (as Don Mac Kay)
Matt Hill ...
Lisa's Boyfriend
Judy Herridge ...
Martha Bryce
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In an effort to get away from the city and all its crime, Chuck Yoman and his family move to a big old house in a peaceful lakeside town. The discovery of a mutilated corpse in the lake and another body in the woods, however, suggests that the Yomans would have been safer if they had stayed put... Written by Ross Horsley <explodo@hotmail.com>

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A quiet community. A deadly secret. A courageous mother. A fight for their lives.

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Horror | Thriller

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3 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al di là del lago  »

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If you view it as a comedy it actually works...
1 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The premise of the story is common enough; average family wants out of the rat race; wants to find the simple life....so they move from Sherman Oaks,California to Lake Tomahawk; kids in tow.

The lake is beautiful, they have leased an old house....but wait; there may be something in the lake; people are being murdered, and no one knows how (never mind why). Gerald McRaney is excellent, a familiar face for Lifetime viewers; Valerie Harper is also good; since this film was made in '88 maybe the writer should produce a sequel!.

You will also enjoy Barry Corbin as the town eccentric, and Darryl Anderson as a Bruce Dern-lookalike/crazed military man.

While the story plot is a bit over the top; if you are a movie buff you will be reminded of similar scenarios from ""Psycho""; ""Deliverance""; as well as other horror stories of that genre. Several camera shots and sequences will give you a sense of deja vu.

Sit back and enjoy; if you don't take it too seriously it is very entertaining; and better than, for example the more recent movie:

""I Know What You Did Last Summer""; it seems they made better movies in the good old 80's!.


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