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The Lake (1998)

TV Movie  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  1 February 1998 (USA)
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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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Michael Winters ...
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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Lt. Frank Thompson (as David S. Dunard)
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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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Enjoyable, eerie movie
3 April 2000 | by (somewhere much higher than you...) – See all my reviews

What an enjoyable movie this is! It's one of those plots that keep you thinking right the way through the film. This is fortunate, as it tends to distract you from the low budget and sometimes questionable acting. Although it's basically a variation on the old BODY SNATCHERS story, THE LAKE has some interesting angles which make it quite unique.

Yasmine Bleeth, who wraps up warm throughout the movie (well that red bathing suit can't keep much of the cold out!), is passable as the Los Angeles girl who returns home to find her friends and family taking on bizarrely different personalities. She looks good, but cannot quite grasp that lead-actress air that would have been nice. Her biggest assets (those that were exploited every Saturday afternoon in my teens) are defiantly not an issue here (to the credit of Ms Bleeth and the director). So it's good to see her in a role which relies on other talents. The supporting artists in the film, however, are rather unmemorable and serve as 'character wallpaper' in this highly decorated story. Of interest, though, is a slightly younger (and trendier) Haley Joel Osment who has just shot to fame as Cole in THE SIXTH SENSE.

In conclusion, this is an enjoyable movie with flaws that are somewhat masked by a damn good story. A bigger budget would have really made a difference (a cinema release may have been able to give us a glimpse of "the other side" in its exciting climax). But as a TV-movie this definitely works. So jump right in, and stay close to the shore!


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