A nurse returns to her home town to care for her dying father, and finds everyone she knows there has undergone a bizarre personality change.

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Jackie Ivers
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Dr. Jeff Chapman
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Steve Ivers
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Dylan Hydecker
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Mayor Louise Terry
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Denise Hydecker
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Officer Gary Reed
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Officer Mills (as Matthew Beck)
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Herb
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Maggie
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Dr. Braden
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The Man
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Lt. Governor Chandler
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Chief Ramirez
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Jackie Ivers is a Los Angeles nurse who returns home to the small town of San Vicente to find that her friends and family have taken on bizarrely different personalities. Jackie notices that everyone who goes into the town's lake come out different. As the movie progresses, Jackie first-handedly witnesses what is happening to everyone around her as she is kidnapped by aliens from a parallel world which is the duplicate to Earth but is now polluted and the ozone layer gone. In order to survive, the aliens intend to take over Earth the entrance to the duplicate Earth called the vortex, which are located in major bodies of water, ponds, and lakes. Written by Anonymous

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Jackie: Maggie, I need your help. Everybody goes into the lake and comes out different.
Maggie: You sure got that right honey.
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Derivative yet creepy, good fun
5 April 2000 | by (Newberg, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Cross `Invasion of the Body Snatchers' with `Journey to the Far Side of the Sun' and you get `The Lake,' a better-than-average foray into televised science-fiction fantasy.

Instead of emotionless pod-people, these invaders are exact opposites of their earthbound twins, doppelgangers from a poisoned alternate earth that are repopulating our world through an idyllic portal in the languid waters of a California lake. That is the premise of this creepy little ditty from network TV, starring former-`Baywatch' babe Yasmine Bleeth, Oscar-nominee Haley Joel Osment (`The Sixth Sense') and TV alumni Robert Prosky (`Hill Street Blues') and Marion Ross (`Happy Days').

As a sci-fi fan who considers `Invasion of the Body Snatchers' sacred, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily this derivative tele-chiller captured my interest and managed to build suspense right through to the end. Credit director David Jackson (`Atomic Train'), who appears to treat the genre with genuine respect while treading a well-traveled road. Buy the premise and you'll buy the film.


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