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Lake Dead -- 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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Alex A. Quinn ... Bill Welsh (as Alex Quinn)

Kelsey Crane ... Brielle Lake

James Devoti ... Ben Graham (as Jim Devoti)
Kelsey Wedeen ... Kelly Lake

Tara Gerard ... Samantha Lake

Vanessa Viola ... Amy Leigh

James C. Burns ... Sheriff Chuck Lake
Pat McNeely ... Gloria Lake
Edwin Craig ... Willard Lake / Grandpa
Christian Stokes ... Abel Lake

Trevor Torseth ... Kane Lake
Dan Woods ... John Lake

Malea Rose ... Tanya Holt (as Malea Richardson)
Kenn Woodard ... Priest
Lydia Hyslop ... Doomed Teenager #1
Ryan Coughlin ... Doomed Teenager #2

Cyrus Alexander ... Doomed Teenager #3
Carmen Thompson ... Doomed Teenager #4
Jason Hice ... Funeral Attendee
Steven Schneider ... Funeral Attendee
Daniel P. Coughlin ... Funeral Attendee
Amy Buchanan ... Funeral Attendee

Directed by
George Bessudo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daniel P. Coughlin 

Produced by
Andres Calderon .... associate producer (as Andrés Fernando Calderón)
Todd Chamberlain .... producer
Hector Echavarria .... producer
Jason Hice .... producer
Mike Karkeh .... executive producer
Mike Karkeh .... producer
Robert Rodriguez .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Petrie 
Cinematography by
Curtis Petersen 
Film Editing by
Eamon Glennon 
Casting by
Gustavo Cardozo 
Jason Hice 
Alex A. Quinn 
Production Design by
Antony DeQuin 
Set Decoration by
Nick Hernandez 
Costume Design by
Carmen Thompson 
Makeup Department
Sonia Alvesdias .... assistant makeup artist
Veronica Loza .... assistant makeup artist
Bruna Nogueira .... makeup department head
Production Management
Ken Schwenker .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Hall .... first assistant director
Melissa Leonard .... second second assistant director
John Mazza .... second assistant director
John Mazza .... second unit director
Art Department
John Maxwell P. Glen .... property master
Sound Department
Trent Corbett .... boom operator
Jeff Gross .... foley artist
Jeff Gross .... foley mixer
Shaun Lile .... sound mixer
Mike Pipgras .... foley editor
Glenn A. Porter .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Ben Bornstein .... makeup effects: Creature Effects, Inc
Visual Effects by
David Van Woert .... visual effects coordinator
David Van Woert .... visual effects producer
Leo Vezzali .... visual effects producer
Pablo Wang .... digital compositor
Cameron J. Mooney .... stunt coordinator (as Cameron Mooney)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Carolan .... electrician
Zakk Eginton .... camera loader
Jason Goodell .... best boy electric
Charles A. Gould .... key grip
Chris Hall .... underwater camera operator
Gembala James .... electrician
Thomas Martin .... camera operator
Thomas Martin .... director of photography: second unit
Robert McFall .... grip
Evan Pesses .... gaffer
Curtis Petersen .... camera operator
Jovan Sales .... second assistant camera
Eric Sherping .... first assistant camera
Nick Sogard .... electrician
Sam Stewart .... electrician
John Toom .... grip
Frank Valenzuala .... grip
Frank Valenzuela .... grip
Jared Wellman .... electrician
Paul Wittenberger .... electrician
Editorial Department
Lance Spindler .... color timer
Peter Swartz .... colorist (as Pete Swartz)
Other crew
Shelley Marie Brown .... promotions
Amy Buchanan .... production assistant
James D. Clayton .... script supervisor
Vincent J. Cook III .... key set production assistant
Jeremy Craven .... production assistant
Trevor Lawler .... production assistant
Andrew Mangialino .... production assistant
Tritia Victoria Manianglung .... production coordinator
Kai Nuuhiwa .... marine coordinator
Jesse David Ing .... special thanks (as Jesse Ing)

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Rated R for strong violence/gore, a rape scene, language, some sexual content and drug use
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Plot holes: Both Kane and Able's heads are bashed in until they die, but at the end we see one of them limping up to the motel with some stuff wrong with his face, but they were both dead due to head trauma - there was nothing wrong with their legs.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lake Dead: Behind the Scenes (2007) (V)See more »
Still SmilingSee more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Brain Dead, 2 November 2013
Author: Andrew Estes (Minus_The_Beer) from Maine

Lake Dead (2007), directed by George Bessudo. 90 minutes.


A gaggle of good-looking 20-somethings take a road trip up north to a motel which was recently inherited by about a half dozen or so sisters (none of which even remotely resemble one another) within the group. While they have fun getting stoned in their RV, listening to terrible screamo and taking their clothes off at every opportunity, some grim looking fellows set out to put a wrench in the whole thing. Or a spike. Or a hatchet. Something. I don't know. They have sex. They die. You know the score. Something something Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Something something Friday the 13th. Lather, rinse, repeat. Please pass the bottle, this is going to be a long 90 minutes.

Writing and Directing:

I would say this movie was poorly directed, but that would be an insult to directors in general. To his credit, George Bessudo can at least frame a scene and capture his actors and their actions clearly. Shame he can't breathe any life into the turgid, stale script. The only element that sets this time-waster apart from the average slasher/backwoods horror flick is the heavy-handed and ridiculous soap opera that plays out in the first fifteen minutes. If you sit around the house all day watching shows like "Days Of Our Lives" and "The Young And The Restless" and think "Gee, this is great, but a couple buckets of fake blood and some gratuitous T & A would really make it sparkle!" then this may be the flick for you.


Acting is virtually non-existent. Two people named Kelsey. Someone named Tara. Who cares? At least the bad guys seemed to be trying and, subsequently, the actors portraying them look like they had a little fun with it. For the bulk of the cast, you get the sense that the producer, reeking of hair gel and Axe body-spray, just called in some friends and was all like "Broseph, I got this film! You got to come down and be in it! You can be my lead! We got these girls who are willing to take their tops off for us!" It's actually a bit depressing that perfectly decent looking women took their clothes off for THIS.


Stale, standard score. Nothing impressive. I think the producer's cousin (his name is probably Derrick, and he probably has black, spikey hair and wears short-sleeved button-up shirts all the time) and his screamo/pop-punk band provided the rest of the soundscape. I hear they almost got to play the parking lot at the Warped Tour back in 2005, but it didn't work out. Keep shooting for the stars, guys!

The Bottom Line(s):

This movie is terrible and virtually irredeemable. Tolerable if left on in the background while you do more important things like, say, scooping your cat's litter box or picking lint out of your bellybutton. The standard T&A and buckets of red stuff offer a slight bit of relief, but for the most part, this one deserves to be left at the bottom of a lake. I had more fun writing this review than I did watching the movie, if that tells you anything.

Lesson Learned:

Don't bring a wallet with you when you go swimming. To paraphrase the great Dr. Zoidberg: "Your movie is bad and you should feel bad!"

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