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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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Complete credited cast:
Rachel Yoman
Chuck Yoman
Malcolm Bryce
Lisa Yoman
Henry Link
John Bryce
Gary Bisig
Gregory Togel ...
Steven "Stevie" Yoman
Ruth Mortimer
Thomas Peacocke ...
Sheriff Boignton (as Thomas Peacock)
Debbie Mortimer (as Johanna Newmarch)
Real Estate Agent (as Don Mac Kay)
Lisa's Boyfriend
Judy Herridge ...
Martha Bryce


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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Release Date:

3 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al di là del lago  »

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I almost died laughing
19 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Rachel and Chuck Yoman (Valerie Harper, Gerald McRaney), decided the city is too busy and dangerous for their family, so they packed up their reluctant son (Gregory Togel) and daughter (Tammy Lauren) and moved back to a lake like the one Rachel lived at as a child.

They say you can not go home again but this is an ideal rural home with what at first seems like a Mayberry feel. Later the residence seems to be more like the people in Deliverance. Soon bodies start turning up and everybody looks suspect with the exception of a few friendly faces. This does not keep the family from enjoying running around and messing around in the woods.

We find that they have to be super ignorant to find the secrets and not tell anyone until they get ax-cepted as the antagonists.

Can the ignored young Stevie save his parents or will their pursuer(s) put his/her foot in it?

This film is more than most parodies as it was played with strait faces. They could not have chosen better actors and Daryl Anderson was exceptionally creepy. An added plus is that they let us know what is happening before the characters find out, instead of pulling a clue out of the hat after the fact. Anyway this made for TV movie is good for a few laughs.

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