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Lake Dead (2007)

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Three sisters and a group of their friends take a trip to the home of the recently deceased grandfather -- who died a particularly grisly death -- to learn more about the promise of an inheritance, only to encounter a family of psychos who have taken up residence in the old man's cabin.

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Bill Welsh (as Alex Quinn)
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Ben Graham (as Jim Devoti)
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Amy Leigh
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Sheriff Chuck Lake
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Gloria Lake
Edwin Craig ...
Willard Lake / Grandpa
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Abel Lake
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Kane Lake
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John Lake
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Tanya Holt (as Malea Richardson)
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Lydia Hyslop ...
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The Lake sisters - Brielle, Kelly and their step-sister Samantha - receive a surprising inheritance from their unknown grandfather that has just died. Brielle and Kelly join a group of friends and travel in a RV to visit the Lake Motel and decide what to do with the property. Sooner they finds that their unknown relatives are deranged psychos. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong violence/gore, a rape scene, language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Did no one else notice the hotel at the end is the same set used for the movie Motel Hell? Go look that's it! It's the same set more than likely the same area as well. See more »

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After the sisters and the boyfriend get back to the motel with the cop. Gloria is wearing a red shirt, then when she brings them in coffee she has a tan shirt on, then two minutes later they are leaving and her red shirt is back on again. See more »

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A decent journey to a ridiculous destination
14 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just to get it out of the way, I seem to be one of the only people here who understands that "low budget" isn't an actual criticism. A LOT of things can be done on a shoestring these days, and "low budget" doesn't mean a movie is bad any more than "big budget" means a movie is great.

That being said, I didn't think this was that badly done. Sure, you're working with no-name actors in archetypal characters who aren't particularly polished at their craft. And, of course, it's entirely predictable just like you know it will be simply by reading the synopsis of it before watching/renting. At least they when they shot "day for night" everything wasn't blue like in the first three movies I tried to watch tonight and stopped before getting 3 minutes in.

The problem with this movie - as was the problem was similar movies and others I've seen of late - is that they can't resist trying to slap a little epilogue onto the end of the film that makes no sense. For example, lets say you've been watching a movie where a female character has multiple rendezvous with men during the movie, and after everything is tied up at the end, they tack on a couple of minutes where it's revealed that the female is actually a guy, equipment intact. Because it's obvious that one of the guys earlier in the film would have noticed that, it makes that trick ending insulting to the viewer. This actual circumstance did not happen at the end of this movie, but something equally insulting did.

As in other films, I would have been perfectly happy to give this one 5 stars, but when the writer/director tries to be too cute at the end, I've invariably been left having to knock it down a notch or two.

A decent journey with an ultimately ridiculous destination leaves me no choice but to not recommend this movie.


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