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Murderous screenwriter Stanley Caldwell, who incidentally is thought to be dead, returns to the scenes of his crimes.


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Murderous screenwriter Stanley Caldwell, who incidentally is thought to be dead, returns to the scenes of his crimes.

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Stanley's back. Some director's live for their work. He kills for it.

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Rated R for some violence, a scene of sexuality, and brief drug use | See all certifications »


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14 August 2001 (USA)  »

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It's all underwater
30 August 2006 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

**SPOILERS** Sequel to the previous "Cabin by the Lake" the movie is about the making of a movie of the psychotic but gifted mystery writer Stanley Caldwell,Judd Nelson, last an incomplete work before he disappeared under the waves of Lake Summit. It's no surprise at all that the murderous Cardwell survived when we see him in a number of very unconvincing disguises.Cardwell is seen early in the film killing a number of people who have to do with the making of the movie based on his unfinished masterpiece.

Meeting the co-director of the project CJ Reddick,JR Bourne,at the airport Cardwell disguised as the chauffeur sent by the movie studio. On the way to the set he murders CJ and takes over his identity. On the set as director's Mike Hetton, Brian Krause, assistant JC Reddick Cardwell continues his rampage that he stopped in the previous film "Cabin by the Lake". Cardwellgoes on murdering everyone on the set who tries to distorts or rewrite the script that only Cardwell can understand and put on the screen.

There's also a sub-plot in the movie with the brother of one of Cardwell's earlier victims, Kimberly, Paul Parsons (Andrew Moxham) trying to prevent the movie from being made at all. Since it capitalizes on his sisters death as well as Cardwell's other six victims in making a bundle off his crimes: At the end of the movie we see that the film made an astounding 36 million dollars in just the first weekend after it's release.

I couldn't understand, not having seen the original "Cabin by the Lake", why no one in the movie was able to recognize the crazed Stanley Cardwell. Since he wasn't at all hiding his identity and even acting out his earlier crimes in the movie he was directing with knowledge of those crimes that only the killer himself, Cardwell, would know!

For all his cleverness Cardwell for some strange and unexplained reason allows the script writer Alison Gaddis, Dahila Salem, to not only live after she found out who he is but even after imprisoning Alison in his cabin letting her go to see the final scene of the movie that she wrote.This ridicules act on Cardwell's part results in Alison coming to the rescue of the actors in that final scene who Cardwell wanted to die by drowning to give it, in his sick mind, total realism!

On the run and being cornered, at his cabin, by Alison Cardwell accidentally slips into a water filled bathtub and is then electrocuted by Alison with a plugged-in hair-dryer. The ending shows that you just can't keep a good psycho down with Cardwell, looking like he needs a shave and shower, back again reading in the "Daily Variety" the headline story "Cabin Drowns all Competition". With a gleam in his eyes and smirk on his face a light-bulb lights up in his sick brain with plans for the next sequel with him of course being the one to direct and write it.

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